Aroma: Hit's a the style character of the rush of american hops...fruit, citrus, and a litlle floral.
First taste: Hops are there, but surprisingly low key for a 74 IBU. A little sweet, a little malt, but finishes fairly crisp.
Overall: It took me awhile to appreciate IPA's. The crisp, clean character of American hops help. And the Californian breweries seem to be making this style their own. I like the balance between the malt sweetness and soft hop bitterness. Also, the brew made interesting by some other flavors (piney, grapefruit, citrusy) that blend well togther. Like it, maybe even like it alot.
"Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza." - Dave Barry