Mind Haze
India Pale Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing
Paso Robles, CA
ABV: 6.2%

Jon:
4.3
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
17/20
Ooh, so pretty. And tasty. Balanced in acid vs sweet. Like hoppy lemon verbena. Damn good.
Mark:
3.8
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
16/20
Soft and fruity. I'm not even really sure how to describe this. Kind of like tutti fruity tea with an herbal bitter aftertaste. Good and different.
Jere:
3.5
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
5/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
17/20
Most interesting. I probably wouldn't have tried it if the brewery wasn't Firestone Walker, but I'm glad I did. The whole haze thing is a bit odd, but I'll go with it.

13
India Pale Ale
Crystal Springs Brewery
Boulder, CO
ABV: 7.2%

Jon:
3.1
Appearance
2/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
6/10
Overall
13/20
The color is darker than any IPA I've ever seen. A bit metallic, or maybe the sour zing is just really intense. Unique.
Mark:
3.2
Appearance
2/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
6/10
Overall
14/20
Weird, slightly cloudy color with an herbal, sour fruit aroma when poured. Definitely lives up to the fruity claim on the can. I taste pineapple and maybe a little sour strawberry. I also get a little metallic zing, kind of like zinc. Pretty clean with not a lot of aftertaste.
Jere:
3.7
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
16/20
Some IPAs are pretty obvious they're an IPA, but this one disguises it well. The usual categories defy easy descriptions, and consequently it's hard to put into words. Also wondering where the name comes from.

Citra Pale Ale
American Pale Ale
Upslope Brewing Company
Boulder, CO
ABV: 5.8%

Jon:
4.1
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
17/20
Bright citrus, but subdued. Not in an underwhelming way, just in a delicate way. The lingering bitterness at the end is really nice, it's rare for that flavor to distract me from my next sip!
Mark:
4.4
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
9/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
18/20
Lighter than I expected with a cool, earthy, herbal citrusy aroma. It tastes like it smells, like a little dirt and a leaf fell in my glass... But, in a good way. Got a little sweet pink grapefruit at the end with a white grapefruit/lemon rind aftertaste. Nice job on this one.
Jere:
4.3
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
9/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
18/20
Mmm-mmm! I've had other Citra IPAs before but this one is top dog, and it's not too terribly strong, so should be a two-fer night.

Atomizer IPA
India Pale Ale
Full Sail Brewing Company
Hood River, OR
ABV: 7%

Jon:
3.3
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
5/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
6/10
Overall
13/20
Mild all around, but certainly tasty. Lots of citrus without much bite. Easy drinking.
Mark:
3.7
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
9/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
6/10
Overall
15/20
IPA for the masses! Nothing really stand-out, but it tastes like I expect an IPA to taste. A little on the mild side but nice and tasty.
Jere:
3.8
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
15/20
The name was a shoein, and the taste goes hand in hand. Surprised that it's 7% too, as it doesn't quite feel that strong. We'll see if a 2nd is in the cards.

High Tide
India Pale Ale
Port Brewing Company
San Marcos, CA
ABV: 6.5%

Jon:
3.5
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
14/20
The nose has a malty barley wine quality to it. There's a metallic component to the bitterness profile, not entirely unpleasant but unexpected. The other bitter flavors are really nice though.
Mark:
4.0
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
16/20
Very clear amber color with a minimal head. Pretty straight forward at first with citrus and floral notes but this one hits you hard with a dandelion/carnation aftertaste! Very interesting. More herbal than citrus with hints of black tea and flowers. If you like the bitter aftertaste, this one is for you...
Jere:
3.6
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
15/20
Stronger than I expected, and I wasn't expecting too much out of a 6.5, but the concentration of 16oz cans might make a difference. The west coast is definitely preferable to other styles in my book. Perhaps the warm-up Modelo is having some impact though.

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