kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. pours a nice ruby red with an orange tint to it. a thin white head some lacing aroma of citrusy hops and malt mabye even a little fruity. taste is very much the same but with a very creamy malty base. an excellent warm weather beer.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
this was some what of an unusual IIPA...pours dark amber with little head....aroma is unique, and is of cream and floral hops....some earth tones as well...flavor is very similar, but hops seem more citrus-like...definite hints of cream and somewhat soapy....nice palate, and an interesting IIPA
deadguy (42) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2006 Dark amber body, thin head and thin lacing. Nose of wet earth and a subtle pine. Subtle hop flavor lingers in the aftertaste, mildly floral flavored.
"Subtle" is the best word to describe this beer, not one flavor or characteristic that over powers. Everything kind of mingles to a earthy, hoppy malt. Wish it had a bit more of a kick with the hops.
I would have to say the best thing about this beer is lack of alcohol burn at such a high AVB.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Oily dark copper with decemt white head. Aroma very has a very harsh bitterness. Lots of pine resin and musty hops. Flavor has a sweet malt kick initially, turns to the same harsh bitterness, again very musty hops. Can see where hopheads would enjoy this but, just doesnít appeal to my tastebuds.
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2006 Sampled at the From the Vine tasting. Pungent aroma, similar to a tomato plant...very pleasant. Overbearing vegitable and pine flavor doesnít let go which in the end it just doesnít seem to be balanced out.
09/02/06 - trying this one out again...the pour is really nice...hazy dorty orange with a soft light tan head. Aroma holds some fresh hoppy elements: pine, grass and citrus all seem to be present...some pineapple and some light bready malt...a bit of smoke. The flavor holds a good bit of the grass and grapefruit as well as the tropical fruit...a bit of vanilla and dry malt...the hops certainly overcome the malt making the brew more fresh and crisp rather than rich and sweet. Decent body the holds a crisp bitterness from beginning to the dry, warming, bitter finish. The carbonation is nice as well, making itself known without being too brash. The malt presense seems to come out a bit more as it warms but not too much more. Overall, a lot nicer than I recall...a lot of west coast qualities in a brew from the mid-west...and thatís gotta stand for somethin.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly chill hazed orangey bronzed color with a medium stack of off-white froth. Good lacing in a stringy-like sheeting.
Aroma is juicy and pungent with a solid citrusy sweetness of sappy caramel, marmalade oranges, and peachy pineapple. A bit of sugary sweetness and piney alcoholic floral notes make up some waftyness as it warms.
Taste is quite tropical. Solidly robust in malts and rounded fruityness that renders a big citrusy realm of orange, peach, mango, pineapple, and a piney bite as it fades across the finish. Fairly resin coated and chewy in a fruity tilted hop abundance, but well tuned in a balance of adequate malty sweetness and sugared breads. A decent enough 2IPA for its bounty of taste.
Body is rounded and full with a juicy roundedness thats not overly bittered but does carry a fairly big hoppy taste of citrus fruits and juices that may be over the top for some not use to the style. Otherwise, I find it quite easy going and smoothy bitten with citrusy fruits and piney dryness. Alcohol is a tad soupy and sudsy after a while with some off, uneasyness squeezing through.
Drinks down fine enough too. A thoroughly well developed brew that fits the style well without being overly abrasive or too sweet.
sfontain (802) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small sample at beer tasting at From The Vine in Lewis Center, Ohio. Nearly no head; appearance of scotch; oily. Aroma is very striking: sharp orange presence with vanilla (sort of an orange cream vibe). Flavor is citrusy and grassy with oak; sharply sweet; warming without the alcoholic bite. Full and clean. Truly an IIPA for non-hopheads like me.
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. A golden-brown honey pour with a very light white head. Nice piney/spruce aroma with sweet malt and orange peal. Creamy aroma. Fresh (though I got some medicinal hints as it warmed). The flavor was not as strong as I expected and the creamy oily mouth feel kind of detracted from what could have been sharper flavors. I did not citrus orange and perhaps grapefruit resting on a creamy body of light malt (that is very much there to hold up the hops as opposed to provide additional flavor). Bitter pine finish. Not a bad brew, but in no way one of the top 2IPAís Iíve tried.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottles from Jcaprioti and SuIIy. Poured a hazy dark amber with a small off-white head. Hoppy aroma of pine and flowers with caramel, gum and some butterscotch. I am wondering if some heavily hopped beers (depending on the hops) can give butterscotch as well as diacetyl, because I have found it in a few big hop beers. Flavor of caramel mixed with hop bitterness that start right away with a medium length finish. Not much in the way of hop flavor other some some acidity. The mouthfeel is a little slick making me thing it really is diacetyl. Medium body.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, Michigan, sampled at cellar temperature from an Allagash glass at home. The dark translucent chestunut body is a thing of beauty, restrained and classy, topped by a rich dark tan head that leaves thick lacing on the glass all the way down....rising up is a gorgeous fresh aroma, apricots and citrus, pine and haystacks, beautiful as dew in the morning....the body, strangely, smacks of a little age, the carbonation rather low and the mouthfeel a bit syrupy....old dry woody hops, molasses and English malts, biscuity and reminiscent of many ESBs Iíve had....as it warms a bit of leathery character, some dried cherries appear, light dry yeast.....English character really does seem dominant, not really something that works for me in a hoppy west-coast style like a IIPA....seems curiously restrained and boring overall, too bad considering the wonderful beginning. Certainly not a bad beer, just nothing really special as you might hope it would be.