MrBunn (2536) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2014 Rerated a couple years later... So this is a nice clear orange with a smaller head than I remember and aromas of... oh... heavens... sweet citrus and tropical fruit in an explosion of happiness, maybe a little more robust than before. Flavor is also much better... the hops presence matches the nose and it comes through clean and crisp with loads of passionfruit, mango and oranges. Malt is smooth and clean with a bit of honey and way less of the awkward caramel before. This is a must have if you are an IPA fan!
Original rating: 750 that releases a lovely orange beer with a big sudsy head. Aromas are mostly citrusy with lots of orange and lemon notes and a little passion fruit and mango. Iíd like a bit more fullness to the nose, but thatís my preference. Flavor is a nice mix of hop bitterness up front... Mostly resin, but a little citrus... with a caramely grain sweetness mid-palate and a orange and mango finish. Itís pretty decently put together and there are not really any rough edges, but if I were in charge of the universe there would be a little less caramel to the malt presence to knock the sugars down a bit...
Terminus (3329) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle-purchased at Wine and Cheese June 2012-consumed July 5th, 2012-pours lightly hazy deep orange with a small soapy eggshell head that dissipated very quickly. nose is somewhat oxidized earthy/grapefruity hops, lite mineral aspects and some carmel malt sweetness. flavors exhibit all of this-lite bitterness and some leafy hop qualities. malt and hops go well here however, wish this was a bit more fresh. hop flavors are a little muddled here. however, clean ferment and very well put together beer. seems all their beers i get are oxidized (minus the wit and saison). Well done however must revisit this beer on my next STL journey.
thegreenrooster (3459) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a orange with a small white head. Aroma is lots of pine hops with some malt. Flavor is about the same. Decent piney-citrusy hop with a decent malty backbone. This is quite decent with the hops really the main showcase.
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Capped 70ml bottle from Wine & Cheese Canton. Pours hazy orangish copper with off-white head. Nice looking IPA. Aromas of grapefruit, light pine, and earthy malts. Flavors of grapefruit, pine, bit of sweet malts, touch of earthyness, and finishes with some hop bitterness. Nice dry IPA. Not overly hoppy, but freshness is also in question with this one. Nice IPA.
jandd1983 (3050) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It poured a clear orange color with a small white head. The aroma was of biscuit, grapefruit, orange, light pine and some light earthiness. The taste was of biscuit, grapefruit, orange, pine and some light earthiness. A very tasty IPA.
JoeinDahlem (1366) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dangerous beer. Hugely aromatic with bright fruit and flowers. Restrained sweetness, well attenuated, dryish, yet the bitterness does not overwhelm. A nearly balanced double IPA with massive hop aroma and flavor.
AdamJackson (3432) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Acquired this in a trade. Canít remember from who though. Too many trades in a month will do that to you. Stuck this IPA in the fridge. Poured into a Mikasa Tulip glass. 3 pounds of hops per barrel? Bring it on!
A - SRM of 22, dark amber / cedar wood appearance. 2-Finger light tan head, okay head lacing with a slow subsiding to 1-finger in height after 3 minutes.
S - Awesome pine needle, spruce tip and ruby red grapefruit juice dominate the nose. Mild bit of candy malts on the back end. Hops are mostly citra with a bit of Amarillo.
T - This may have set a bit too long. Hop profile has faded a bit from 62IBU as stated on the bottle to about 30. Faded hop profile, mild cheese taste. Citra still dominating the flavors Lingering wood chip taste, no alcohol taste, thereís a wee bit of orange juice taste but Iím sure itís just the hops.
M - 50/50 carbonation, medium body, lingering citra and columbus resin.
O - Decent beer. Iíd love to have it fresh but this was a tasty beer and very enjoyable.
DiarmaidBHK (3682) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the bridge. Pours orange glo with a thick white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Nice pine cone on the nose. Lots of hop flavor but itís nicely balanced with maltiness. Finishes clean. Exciting!
fiveacestx (721) - Texas, USA - APR 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Kier - I know Iím not here to rate labels but the label on this bottle looks like it was designed with MS Paint and printed on an inkjet printer. The good news is 2nd Shift was dedicating all of their time making this awesome brew instead of a cool label. It pours cloudy gold with a big bold head. Itís got a nice hoppy aroma and a big citrus hop bomb taste. Itís got a medium body and a medium dry finish. Excellent! Thank you sir, may I have another?
drfabulous (4628) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 from Wine and Cheese Place. Big floral grapefruit aroma. Taste is pine and serious bitterness. More like a Double IPA in the style of the cat urine beers. Bit of that in aroma and taste. But well balanced. Tropical fruit lingers. Very well done.