HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to taster glass at Chicago Beer Fest. I had low expectations and they were definitely exceeded by this beer. First thing you notice is the striking copper color with a dense cream colored head. Itís very pretty in the glass and unexpectedly dark for the style. Aroma is mild hop aromatics. The flavor is very flowery with floral hop characteristics dominating throughout. Thereís not much malt presence and the body is kind of thin but not watery. Again, a pleasant surprise especially for someone who wants a more floral hop taste over citrus or resin.
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very foamy beer. Good IPA taste. The foamyness of the beer is very weird.... Kind of kills it for me.
naivepegasus (355) - USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an orange amber with about a finger of light tan head. Light hop aroma with some hints of grass. Surprising amount of brown sugar to the taste, with just some subtle hints of hops in the aftertaste. Not much of an IPA, but fairly tasty
Smegan (1) - - MAY 28, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried at Pippin's Chicago. Decent IPA. Not too hoppy, but then again I love the hops. Yum.
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rumproasts (4189) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
red amber with small head. unique looking, bur i donít really like the hop mixture theyíve chosen, just not very flavorful. subpar IPA.
kaser (4181) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer sucks. Red pour with floating things. Smells ok. Not a big Dan of this one. Average at best
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle and served in GI IPA tulip: Well it pours much darker (near coppery crimson) than expected which a quickly fading head and almost no lace. Sorry that is NOT what an IPA should look like, perhaps a hoppy amber ale instead? The aroma indeed comes off with crystal/caramel notes along with some soapy and band-aid note which hurts the fruity and herbal hop esters. Plenty of Diacetyl butterscotch overtones as well. The taste is a tad better with a metallic and abrasive tea-baggy bitterness over the too sweet malts. This simply does not cut it, far too sweet and far too tannic. Even as a hoppy Amber Ale, it is not all that good (2.0) . This needs some serious tweaking...
frpilz (111) - Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice color, after that it went downhill. Not balanced , tamarind bitterness does not have enough malty creaminess to balance out. No great finish or complexity, certainly not horrid, but would best utilized to marinate a flank steak or beef brisket for bbq.
crossovert (9545) - Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2014 Really dark IPA in color. The hops are secondary to the malt, The flavor isnít the greatest, hoppy or not. Tried it on draft at Woodlawn Tap today and it was hoppy and refrshing while cold, it kind of went awry as id warmed though.
CanIHave4Beers (3575) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep copper color with a small but well retained head.
The aroma is more caramel then hops really & the hop character comes across as soapy & kind of fruity. The aroma displays some alcohol.
The flavor is spicy and a little bit on the soapy side. This beer is mildly bitter and only slightly sweet; given the caramel in the aroma I expected it to be much much sweeter. Like the aroma the alcohol shows itís self in an unexpected and odd way in the flavor.
This is not particularly bad beer, nor is it unpleasant... but nothing really sticks out as particularly wonderful about it either.