DYCSoccer17 (3706) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 7, 2007
10 ounce sample consumed at the brewpub...followed by a larger 16 ounce sample...Citrus, oragney, lightly hempy, delightful hoppy aroma. Some light sweetness and a bit of brown sugary aromas are also in there. Very aromatic and quite quaffable. Moderately hazy coppery orange body present with a small, whitish head. Juicy, chewy, citrus, orangey, grapefruit hoppiness to start. Becomes grainy and lightly toasted in the middle. Some moderately bitter, chewy citrus hops come through in the end. This is a damn fine and balanced IPA. Delicious. Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 15, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2009 On tap at the brewery. Pours ambler with minimal head. Decent nose, but not as floral as the reviews here would suggest. It has a hoppy bite and is very citrusey . The magnums make it bitter but it doesn’t have bite - needs to be stronger
ON SECOND ANALYSIS: Had this on hand pump at The Hopyard - excellent! The cask conditioning really brings out the florals! Full hop bomb that’s not over bitter, and a touch of sweetness.
ON THIRD ANALYSIS: Side by side with Sculpin, this stuff stacks up and is as good. SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 25, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2009 Draught at the brewpub. Hazy amber with a white head. Big mango, and grapefruit hoppy aroma that is almost intoxicating by itself. The flavor is also bursting with hops and mint, mangoes and grapefruits. Medium bready malt sweetness balances a bitter finish. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. This is just an awesome IPA. Its not often that I get out to Stockton, but when I do again, this may very well be the reason why. (18.104.22.168.18=4.4)
Rerate: Draught at the Bistro IPA fest as IPA 78. Deep gold with a lasting head. Big resiny grapefruit peel aroma. This beer literally smells bitter. The flavor is more approachable than I expected, with a nice light caramel and toasty grain balance to a firm resiny bitterness and bitter grapefruit flavor. Medium bodied with a drying finish from all the bitterness. A solid IPA but maybe a little heavy handed. (7,4,8,4,14=3.7)
Note: Even accounting for batch variation, I think that the variance in my two ratings just goes to show how different rating can be at the brewery with a pint then at a festival back to back with other world class IPAs. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 21, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2009 On Tap @ the Brewery. Pours golden copper hue with thin off white head. Wonderful, almost IIPA pine, floral and earthy hop nose. Flavor is heavilly hopped, fruits and floral, clean and dry with a hint of caramel malt. Cleanest finish I’ve ever experienced from an IPA. Awesome in every way, verging on a IIPA with extreme drinkability. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Draft, courtesy of KrausenJockey. Thanks!! Pours a hazy, golden-orange color; huge white head with excellent retention and fine-bubbled lacing. Loads of resiny citrus and grapefruit in the aroma; quite nice. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy, resiny, oily hop character; intense grapefruit and citrus and tangerines; beautiful, resiny hop presence; lightly sweet at the core; gorgeous, oily hoppy IPA; clean presence overall. Medium finish: citrus, grapefruit, and lasting bitterness.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2008
sampler @ brewery - hazy, light orange and white head lingers; just dripping with sweet hops; hot damn, the aromas are just amazing; creamy, buttery, rich and malty; tons of body and creamy texture; just kick ass in every way; very soft and smooth; bitters not overkill even though you can taste their strength; pretty much perfect; can’t imagine the uberhoppy after having this one kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010 ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Date: July 07, 2009
Appearance: hazy gold, creamy off white head, solid lace
Aroma: huge sweet pine aroma, nice citrus, crystal malt sweetness enhances the sweet hops
Body: creamy body
Flavor: huge sweet citrus flavor, lots of crystal sweetness, plenty citrus and pine, just a hint of bitterness keeps the sweetness in check while being otherwise invisible
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: **** /4
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2010 Bottle via awesome trade with Terry Baker. Thought this was Cobra Hood but apparently not. If so, save my original rating from Cobra Hood, please - July 09. Full and juicy nose of orangey hops - fresh squeezed. Color is an appealing gold with a thick white head. Flavor is juicy but dry and finishes more of the latter, which makes it lack a bit of punch. Still obviously a great brew. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Now this is a serious IPA. Clear golden with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is hops, grapefruit, grain, and more hops. Taste is huge orange, grapefruit, pine, and caramel with pineapple on the back end and a hoppy perfume finish. Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - FEB 18, 2010
I’m really becoming a big fan of these folks beers. They (this and Uberhoppy) all seem to have big pine notes and very over the top hoppy, with just a tinge of malt, and if you like that balance, you’ll like these guys. This is a standard, and at a high standard, the typical west coast IPA, very drinkable at +7%, highly recommended. Get over the other trendy west coasters(RR, Stone) and branch out, these guys can make some beer, but brew in Stockton, don’t hold it against them.