ElGaucho (2189) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. $5.29. Wonderfully sweet hoppy aroma. Not sure if itís a hop variety(ies) I like, but they are not listed anywhere. Reddish amber body. Avg-sized, creamy off-white head. Beautiful lace. Hop levels are very high and very appropriate for the style. Very good balance. The only negative I can say for the flavor is that it has a little salty/sourness in the finish that is perhaps either the biproduct of an inferior hop variety or diacetyl. Itís a nagging imperfection that prevents full enjoyment of this brew. Peppery hops are plentiful and are integrated nearly perfectly. It may not score all that highly for its style, but just as a beer, it has a lot of positive qualities and is definitely worth your trouble. If I ran across this brew in a brewpub, I would be very pleased with my discovery and would perhaps only come short of raving about it.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle - Pours deep amber with a short offwhite head that fades pretty quick to a ring but laces the sides of the tulip after that. Aroma is a nice blend of grapefruit, pine and caramel malts. No overpowering hops but a very nice blend. Flavor is again a beautiful blend of caramel and roasted malts and citrus and pine hops. Nice mouthfeel to this one. Not overly carbonated but enough to make it feel soft in the mouth. Medium bodied and the alcohol is completely covered by the full flavor. Nice hoppy finish. Very well crafted..
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep gold and slightly hazy in color. Light head but not too viscous so not much lace either. Light floral hops and an almost winey like nose. Nice roasty, sweet malt in your mouth with a piney hoppy taste that is long lingering balance of mellow english hops and sweetness. But then gets a little grainy in the finish.
demitriustown (1054) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma on this is WOW! Pours a dark marroon color with a short lived head. Orange rind and grapefruit with a piney texture are prevelent in the aroma. Taste is great too with the rind like quality mixing with the smack you in your face hops. A soft carbonated medium bodied palate that is abrubt. I really liked this brew but I donít know It felt like it was missing something
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours burnt orange with nice creamy tan head. Nose is very citrusy and light hops. Flavor has mild hop bitterness blended with sweet piney/citrus-like notes. Moderate yet smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with slight drying character. Nice beer.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is a strong grapefruit and some pine. The color is a deep reddish brown with a decent tan head. The flavor starts of with a bitter grapefruit flavor and finishes with a modertate palate.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2007 Definitely an in your face IPA. Bronze, translucent in color large beige head. Aroma is almost hops, very piney, slightly citrus, moderately grassy with a touch of sweetness. Flavor is sweet and moderately bitter. Hoppy finish. Well made.
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Itís good to see Arcadia is more effectively marketing their unique and underappreciated beers. This 22-oz offering hits the senses immediately with the big piney, earthy hops aroma, including the classic "house" soapy potpourri notes shared by their other hoppy offerings (Anglers and IPA). The body is a deep copper red, topped by a substantial light beige head. Soapy, herbal body with notes of toast and sweet breads, coating the mouth with resiny hops, but not of the huge grapefruit variety. Fuggles, methinks. Bitter finish, with the alcohol notes melding with the bitter hops aftertaste. Not the typical West Coast-style I2PA. That marketís cornered. This is another solid, unique offering from Arcadia, well worth the $5/22 oz bottle price.
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
from the bottle. when I opened this I got a big wiff of pine I thought christmas tree in a bottle. poured a honey with a small light tan head. aroma, pine, honey dominate this one for me, malts caramel, hops. flavor was a little surprised that the pine was not very strong, got a sticky brown sugar malt 1st than the hops came out as it warm got a bit of alcohol.
jtw (1085) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. a medium copper amber, and an intense aroma of typical english hops. lots of pale malt and caramel, and lots more earthy bitterness in the body and finish. a very average IIPA, but quite drinkable.