jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013-04-26. Crisp orange Body nice white head. 3+ Aroma is a bit alcoholic, sweet pale malt, fruity hops. Flavour is relatively bitter,light resin and notes of citrus seeds. Very smooth average bodied palate. 3+ Pretty decent. On tap at Blackback Pub, Waterbury
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mild citrus and a bit of pine and resin. Mild dank character in the background. Slight grain. Pretty light.
Metalchopz (2216) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT. Pours a slightly haze amber colour with good lacing all around and a head with decent retention. Good hoppy nose with orange notes. Same flavours with the nice orange blending over the hop. A nice mix of citrus (grapefruit for hop, orange-fruitiness for malts). Quite refreshing.
ACHops (657) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, finally available in Seattle. Pours darkish pale golden with thick fluffy head. Aroma is fresh hops with notes of pine and grapefruit. Taste is crisp light caramel malt with big juicy hops. Sweet citrus and punchy bitter fresh hop notes. Delicious IPA, could easily pass for a fresh hopped version. Pretty impressive out of the bottle.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated 3/29/13. 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark gold color with middling clarity. The head is an impressive looking four finger (via aggressive pour) offwhite shade. Retention here is quite strong, and as the head slowly recedes, plenty of lacing is left on the glass.
S: Big grapefruit here on the nose. A bit of malt sweetness breaks up all the hops, but ultimately, the pine, black pepper, and grapefruit qualities from the hops win out.
T: Similar to the aroma, the dominant flavor on the palate is grapefruit-derived hop flavors. I half-expected an upsurge of bitter, piny hop flavors on the back end, but no. The bitterness is really well restrained here, seemingly replaced with savory, nonintrusive caramel malts and bright citrus peel. Nonintrusive is the key word here - to me, an overt malt backbone can kill an IPA worse than excessive hop bitterness can, and this strikes a balance between the two aspects. As it warms up, the flavor really takes on a savory, herbal bend to it, especially on the finish.
M: The texture features good dryness, however it could be a bit lighter in my opinion. Still, I like the lack of palate wrecking bitterness here. I’d almost call it ’soft’ - but not quite.
O: What a pleasant surprise! I wasn’t really expecting too much here, but I’m honestly impressed with this offering. This is a great example of a ’balanced’ IPA.
superspak (2481) - Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but was purchased recently. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, floral, pineapple, orange rind, lemon zest, pine, honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hops and malt sweetness. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, floral, pine, grass, honey, light caramel, light bread, and floral earthiness. Moderate floral and citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, light pine, honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a great balance of hops/malt that still showcases the hop flavors; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA! Great balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. No complaints at all, very well done.
EJ5632 (20) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours golden oranges with white head and slight chill haze. Pine and grapefruit aroma. Resin pine and fruity flavors. Very good
daknole (8949) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold pour with apricot tinges, white head. Resin hops up front, some tasty tropical fruit notes and finishes bitter. Pretty damn nice brew!
AirForceHops (2992) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Black Back Fly shop. Big citrus of grapefruit, mango and just a bit of pine wafting out of the snifter. In your face citrus. Taste is just as nice as the aroma. Tropical fruits, grapefruit, pine that isn’t really bitter on the palate. Lots of sweet bready malt. Also some yeast presence. The taste is wonderful. No over whelming bitterness at all. I can see how some hop heads may not take to this. For me, I would order this on draft again. Well worth the price of a glass.
jdskinns (194) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Yellow-orange color with white head. Aroma is all piney hops. Taste is really nice with a good amount of hops but not overpowering. Very good.