JaBier (6820) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Semi-opaque copper pour with a big white head. Aroma of floral and citrus hops with a malt balance that almost has a hint of creaminess. Citrus hop flavor with a sweet malt balance and the bitterness lingers on your tongue. Very well done.
bierkoning (12190) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from FlacoAlto, thanks! Orange blonde color. Grapefruit and melon in the slightly perfumed oily hoppy aroma. Very firm oily grassy hopbitter flavor with grapefruit and pineapple, lingering on in the long aftertaste. Some plastic in the finish. Well balanced ale.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22oz bomber and served in a shaker. This IPA poured a slightly hazy amber with a creamy head of beige foam that left some decent lacing around the glass. The aroma consisted of fresh tropical fruit, tangerines, peaches, and an underlying note of caramel. The flavor was vibrant and full of fresh tropical fruits. Grapefruit, tangerines, peaches, and some light mango. Also a touch of light caramel/toffee. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and had a slight oiliness. Lightly carbonated. One of the most flavorful IPAs I have ever tasted. Excellent!
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2010 Bottle. Thanks to Marsiblursi. Golden colour with a white head. Grape, pine, black currant, vanilla, tropical fruits, malty background, very hoppy but balanced. Dry finish. Very nice!
MrBunn (2711) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Alright, so this better be pretty damn good at $10 per bomber. Lots of anticipation. Aromas are sure aggressive and hitting me with sweet citrus as Iím looking at the color from about three feet away. Kind of a hazy orange/amber with a pretty decent head. On closer inspection, aromas are thick with tangerine and pineapple with a little bit of floral hops as well. A bit of a caramel malt presence is also detectable in the nose. From smell, my fear is that this will be awfully sweet and thick. NOPE. Itís dang good... a lovely mix of caramel malt and hops that balance it out nicely. Too bad they donít make affordable beer out there at Alesmith (or too bad that my damn distributors are raking us all so nicely over here.) This would be pretty hard to improve on.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Itís funny because while outside of the fantastic citrus/fruit/sweet/resiny/piney nose and really all you could ask for appearance, there is nothing very distinguishing about this IPA, itís just a solid drink. Very tasty and drinkable, and I wish I could get more easily.
Fin (9358) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle that came courtesy of Reluctant Scooper and Beer Merchants following a competition I entered, consumed 10-02-09 Many thanks to Simon (Haddonsman) and Phil L Pours warm gold with a white head. The aroma is sweet with honey and then the hops start to show, also a little yeast. Iím not sure what the hops are but they taste of pine and also have a good citric bite. Really nice sweetness come flooding through, but those hops are also streaking around the mouth. This is a lovely beer, wonderful see -sawing of hoppiness and sweetness. A7 A4 F8 P4 OV16 3.9
BrewCzar (108) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a clear vibrant orange color with a quickly dissipating off white head. Strong aromas of hop, grass, and citrus. Taste is slightly sweet with hints of citrus mostly orange & grapefruit with a tasteful bitter hoppy finish. A great IPA.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to MrChopin, cheers Kevin!! Aroma has notes of sweet citrus fruits, with caramel malts, and a littel catnip. Very nice. Light to medium clear amber hue with a large off-white head that mostly lasted and left some lace. Flavor is sweet and fruity then turns moderately bitter. Palate is medium bodied and watery soft. Very drinkable IPA thatís soft and fruity with a well balanced malt sweetness and hop bitterness. So happy I finally got to try this. Did not disappoint.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
fruit fruit fruit! nose is an attack of sweet and savory fruits. not just lemon -- but everything in between. appearance is hazy orange. flavor is huge esthers and plenty of hops. bitterness is on point but not overwhelming -- nor should it be. palate is perfectly wet. far from sloppy but the flavor pleasantly lingers. overall not as good as two hearted, but better then stone IPA.