Alengrin (4604) - BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The weather forecast predicts the first days of spring tomorrow and Sunday in this part of Europe, so this seemed like a good choice to start the weekend with. Seasonal, bought online. Deep orangey peach colour, equally hazy, under a milky, yellowish white, stable and nicely lacing head. The aroma shouts IPA in all directions: dry-hopped (and ’green’ to the point I can smell the pellets), vivid, fruity, floral and delightful, just fit for ’spring weather’, I suppose... I get hints of orange, pink grapefruit, pine resin, aged cheese, artisanal honey, field flowers and roses, vanilla, banana, apple cake, freshly grated ginger, gooseberry, canned apricot, tonic water. Taste kicks off with a vivid, refreshing fruitiness, fresh grapefruit bitterness already announcing itself combined with mango, peach and pineapple, refinedly sweet, honeyish touch countered by the subtle saltiness we all know and love from this style, sufficient carbonation with somewhat minerally effect, very subtle hint of lemon peel sourness, caramelly and slightly toasted malt background, supporting a strong, peppery, slightly salty and resinous, spicy hop bitterness lining the mouth cavity and ensuring a long, dry, bitter finish, very quenching, with the high floral and orange tones of the Amarillo cleverly blending in with the lower, leafier, but still very elegant bitterness of the Centennial. Well done.
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2015
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
1/5/15. My, this is terrible. I was excited since I liked Wrought Iron. My mistake. Hazy orange pour with a small khaki head, basically no lacing. Awful aroma, seems old, which seems impossible... West Coast style? More like English style... and old. Chalky, floral, black tea, aspirin, lemon peel. Oy vey. Mrs. Owl took a sniff and wouldn’t even try it. Chalky flavor, aspirin, floral, dog food, earthy, burnt caramel. This is a mess.
Darkmagus82 (2271) - - OCT 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-21-14-
Poured from bottle into a ping glass
Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed orange amber color with a two finger head of billowy white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a tons of foamy level lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is big and resinous of a pine hop smell. Along with the pine are other hop aromas of a grapefruit citrus and a grassy nature. Some sweeter tangerine aromas and a bit of a mango smell are there as well, mixing with the rather strong hop (for a brew of only 6.2 % abv.) and a very light cracker smell to produce a crisp and hoppy west coast style aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready and hoppy taste, with the bready flavors being of a smooth light malt nature and the hop being initially almost entirely of a pine nature. Some fruit flavors of tangerine and pineapple as well as some caramel sugar are present from the start sweetening the brews taste, but with these fading however as the taste advances. With the fading of the sweet so too comes more hop flavors as well as a transitioning of the bready flavors to that of a more crisp cracker flavor. The hop flavors that join the initial pine flavor are as would have been anticipated from the nose, with tastes of grapefruit and grass both there. While the fruit fades after the initial taste, it makes a slight resurgence at the very end, mixing with the crisp crackery malt and rather grapefruity and piney hop taste to leave a rather sharp resinous flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. A bit of a higher carbonation level as well as a lighter body may have been slightly nicer for the resinous hop flavors of the brew, but even with that said, the feel was still rather decent.
Overall – A rather nice crisp and resinous west coast style IPA at a good price and, with regards to most resinous west coast style IPA’s, it has a very modest abv. Not too bad…
Travlr (21661) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to a customer at Busted Sandal in San Antonio, thanks! Hazy golden color, white head. Aroma of fresh bright pine and grass. Taste is bitter lemongrass. Decent.
mothergoose311 (27) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is an excellent West Coast style IPA. It pours a nice golden amber with a thin white head. Very smooth finish with a nice citrus taste. Excellent beer!
rajendra82 (1053) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Classic looking IPA pour, with an amber colored body displaying some haziness. The carbonation was brisk and formed a two finger thick head. The aroma was of some pleasantly floral hops but a little on the lighter side. The hops were of relatively light bitterness, revealing a tart citric taste upon first sip. The beer turned spicy mid palette, and finished with some orange peel flavor. The malt backbone was light, and simple. It was mid summer when I purchased this, because the sales representative in the shop I went too was passing out free themed pint glasses to those that bough any Abita six packs. Next year I will try to grab it when fresher, because this beer is better than what I thought it was going to be.
bth122 (1499) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle while chilling at HV. Aroma is fresh hop resin citrus hop with some caramel malt notes. Light pineapple notes in taste. Good texture. Just enough malt to ensure a decent balance and no hop bomb. Well done.
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EithCubes (5633) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2014
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Nose of caramel and earth, more than a little dank, with faint orange (peel) and floral character, spice. Hazy orange pour with an off-white head. Taste is relatively dry, faint onion and celery, thin malt with slightly paper hops, dry and perhaps old. Citrus is very light, and the whole is very mild. Light bitterness but it’s still there, touch of earth ad the malt is dull, light grass, very very faint resin.
AWISLguy (2589) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Woodmans in the Falls. Pours a clear orangey copper with a foamy white head leaving spongey lace. Aroma has sweet fruits, toffee, pine and a touch of skunk. Taste is of sweet caramel, sweetbreads, light citrus, some pine and some resin. Medium bodied. Not much alcohol presence. Finishes fruity caramelly sweet. Decent, east coast malty-sweet IPA. Some hop presence, but that is not the lead in this brew. 13.8.
glennmastrange (2682) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Moderate malt and hop aromas of bread, roasted, and herbs, Light to moderate soap for the yeast, with notes of wood and papper. Head is average size, creamy, white with thick, slipper lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is slightly hazy yet sparkling light to medium amber. Flavor starts slightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a lively carbonation. This IPA looks and tastes better than is smells.