FullObs (135) - Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler thanks to my pal Vince. Dry, crisp, and chuggable. A hint of citrus followed by a torrent of hoppy, grassy, bitterness. Excellent beer.
Leighton (16259) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared during RBWG 2016 - picked up at AJís. Pours clear orange-gold with a creamy white head. Dry and pithy on the nose, with more citrus, pine needles, rind. Light sweet flavor with dry pale malts, bitter pine, orange rind, grass, some pithy grapefruit. Light bodied with average carbonation. Quite dry and pithy on the finish, pretty bitter, more citrus notes. Not bad. Just a bit too bitter, especially in the aftertaste.
mR_fr0g (7229) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at RBWG 2016. Huge thanks to Leighton for this one. Clear golden yellow coloured pour with a fading fine white head. Aroma is caramel, pine and some dank hop. Flavour is composed of semi sweet base grains, caramel, bitter lemon, dank, pine, candied orange. Palate is sticky hop, moderate carbonation. Assertive nice clean bitterness.
VsXsV (3640) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at hotel lobby fart share @RBWG 2016. Almost clear golden liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of citrus, tangerine, fresh hops, mango and light grain. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter with notes of citrus, tangerine, light grain and mango. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice.
penstemon (223) - Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz from my brother for my birthday. Drank this back in November. Poured a nice gold color with a white head. Aroma is all sorts of resinous hops, savory, herbal (mostly sage and mint), pine, mandarin, grapefruit, crackers, and some sweetness back there too (mango, peach). Taste is a big mouthful of hops. Sagey, piney resin up front with an oily med-high bitterness, oniony, then grapefruit, soft orange notes and light cracker and caramel. Oily, mouth-coating resin, impressive body for ~5%, nice smooth carbonation. While this may technically be considered a SIPA, and it packs an amazing density of hop flavor and aroma, the bitterness and intense "savory" profile do not exactly support the sessionability of this beer. Impressive but I wouldnít want more than one at a time, even in a 12 oz serving.
poisoneddwarf (2081) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Aroma is piney, light perfume, earth, light floral. Pours hazy orange with a quickly collapsing bone-white head. Taste is highly bitter, very hoppy, alongside a light candy sweetness. Somewhat harsh carbonation, but when the flavors are this nice, it doesnít really bother me like it would in a lesser IPA. Good brew, but how can it be a session IPA at this strength?
fsbw21086 (424) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2016
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost musty aroma, not very strong. Taste is bold, fresh and assertive. Hops are straight forward and a bit sharp. Notes of bread, grass, pine. Almost no sweetness. Tastes like spring water mixed with west coast strong hops and pine, but drinks easy. Pretty high IBU for a session. Very enjoyable on palate with lingering smoothness not apparent in rest of sip. Pretty badass.
Beerdrinker79 (1858) - Idaho, USA - JAN 29, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle- Pours golden orange with a sappy white head that retains nicely leaving a thick blanket and cobwebby lace. Aroma is pungent, sappy, pine resin, some floral notes. The taste is very similar, first showing a medium bodied IPA, with all the deScriptors, but after a few drinks the thinness kind of shows through. Very good session IPA, could drink many.
revolution2718 (376) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange. Nose is very piney, grapefruit. Taste matches, lots of bitter grapefruit peel, pine, assertive, almost no sweetness.
egajdzis (5780) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark golden color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine, citrus. Taste of citrus, pine, toast, tropical fruits, resin, and grapefruit.
edwardbass (722) - Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is closer to a "regular" IPA than any other session IPA Iíve tried. Medium dark golden color. Aroma - lost on my stuffed sinuses. Taste is very intense for a session - lots of pine and citrus rind hops flavor and bitterness, with a near-perfect malt balance. Heaviest palate of any other session Iíve tried. It should go very well with food, given itís strong hops flavor and bitterness. Very, very good.