PorterPounder (6215) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Leon Pub - 12 oz bottle. Bright orange pour with a thin, but sticky white head. Odd aroma - some toe jam , a bit of peach marmalade. Flavor is a bit muddled with some sticky apricot notes, some cake mix sweetness and maple syrup. Missing that citrusy bite usually associated with IPAs. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Misses the mark just slightly.
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - JUL 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a lighter amber with mildly frothy head, some lacing. Nose of sticky caramel malts, some piney residue. More pine on the palate, orange juice citrus character, ends somewhat wooden with a very mild bitterness. A decent IPA.
EithCubes (5242) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Big, sweet, rich caramel malt nose, loads and loads of PNW hops, grapefruit and orange and lychee and sticky pine. Superb hop bouquet! Clear copper body with a soapy beige head. Light body, strongly but not off-puttingly bitter with flashes of sweetness, big sticky caramel with outside pine needles and a touch of resin. Not as good in the end as was expected from the first cap pop, but still a solid, serviceable IPA.
DrnkMcDermott (2902) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. twist-top from Sam’s Wines. A rich copper body with a fluffy light tan IPA head. Smell shows hop resins, malt smell that suggests this somehow was roasted darker than it appears. Some kind of cereal in the smell, or unroasted barley. Tastes nice. Malts tend more toward a nut brown ale, which would favor the American Pale Ale more, but no, the hops stay closer to the English iteration. In fact, despite a nice pepper, floral and grassy hop note, with a touch of pine, it still stands back for the beer’s full roast malt. Whatever else, it’s just very nice drinking.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours hazy, amber in color with large head..aroma of grassy hops, clove and a touch of sweet malt...flavor is most hoppy, mostly floral, lightly resinous....
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. There was an initial burst of citrus hop aroma after popping the top which diminished soon after opening. Malt (steeping barley and caramel) dominated afterward with the hops in the background. There was also a whiff of pineapple. Poured a hazy dark orange color. The head was thick, foamy, and off white. It retained its height well and left some lace on the glass. There was some minimal sweetness up front which faded quickly and yielded to a moderate to heavy amount of hop bitterness (6-7 out of 10). The finish was dry. Light to medium bodied with toasted bread, subdued steeping barley, a hint of caramel, and perfumy hops. Not bad.
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear light copper body with a nice foamy one inch off-white head. Light aroma of floral and citrusy hops and a bit of crystal malt. The flavor is moderately bitter with floral hops and a little too much of the stale iced tea crystal malt. A little thin in the body, this has a real watery texture to it with moderate fizzy carbonation. This was OK, but I’m really not too big of a fan of crystal malt being so prominent in an IPA.
jgb9348 (5096) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice slightly hazy copper coloured body with a perfect tan head. Aroma of fresh grassy & light citrus hops, caramel, malt and lemons. Medium-bodied; Sharp hoppy assertiveness up front fading to a very mild malt backbone and a tiny amount of sugars show well. Aftertaste remains mild - a bit of sugar, some nuts and a light twang of the hops - not much though! Overall, an ’okay’ IPA, much more mild than i’d expect, and typically good for someone who likes APAs instead. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 08-July-2008.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Mr. Whiskers in Nashville. Pours an amber orange with an off white head, and spotty lacing. Nice floral hop nose, with some hints of orange and caramel. Body is bordering on medium light, with a mouthfeel and texture similar to SNPA. Toasted and caramel malt backbone with a rather simple hop bitterness. Semi dry, herbal, and sharp bitter finish. This could a tad more residual sweetness and a bit more complexity in the bittering hop schedule. However, this is not a bad offering from Abita. At nearly $12 a six, there are much better and/or cheaper alternatives- so I doubt I will return.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a one finger off-white head. Light aroma of grassy and citrus hops with a hint of sweet malt in the background. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness. Good.