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.
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers