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 (5800) - 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 (5615) - 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.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours hazy apricot, off white head. Aroma is hoppy (citrus), caramel, grass. Flavor is hoppy (bitter leaves) and malty; lots of wheat after taste here, sort of unusual for an IPA. This beer isn’t a peaty disaster, but it’s not super crispy and floral like I heart in my IPAs.
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 4, 2008
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. pours a clear middling copper color, pretty big head that clears quick, leaving a decent ring. Aromas of metallic citric bitterness and toasted caramel. Flavor improves over the nose a bit... sharp but not overdone bitterness, tangy citrus, and mellow toasted caramel. Average on the palate- finishes on the bitter side, decently balanced going down.
alexsdad06 (8919) - Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a dense beige head. The aroma is mild caramel malt and some citrus hop bitterness. The flavor is lightly malty to open, followed by citrus and herbal hops in the finish. There is an overall bittterness that is present, but not aggressive. Medium bodied and fairly smooth to drink.
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUL 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 Bottle. Poured an amber/copper color with a pretty good white head that lasted to the end. Lacing was fair. Aroma was balanced between the hops and malt with the hops coming through initially. Flavor also was balanced well between the hops and malt. Much like a good English IPA. Mouthfeel was pretty good. This is a highly drinkable IPA.I enjoyed this beer