fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Brickseller, Washington DC
Hazy blond color. A quite easy Pale Ale, dryish, but with a fairly strong hopping.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle) Crystal clear light amber body topped by medium off-white head with nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, bread/biscuit, some grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit/earthy, some herbal, caramel. Light-medium body, some chewiness.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
clear light amber, whispy white head, sweet carmel malt aroma with a sweaty funk, balanced hop flavor backed up by dry carmel malt, long light bitter finish
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
bhensonb (10206) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Vintage Cellar. Pours bright gold with a 7-finger head. Aroma is somewhat yeasty malt over resin and fruity hops. Medium plus body with very smooth, soft carbonation. Flavor is pine and citrus. The malt is rather subdued. A whole heck of non-harsh hop. Nice bitter finish. It’s like not all that bitter, but it’s all that bitter.
Tmoney99 (9980) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sample at MBGF. Hazy dark amber color with a large frothy off-white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Moderate hoppy citrus aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Medium bitter flavor with a medium bitter finish of short duration.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Mostly clear golden ale with a mid-sized, fizzy, off-white head. The nose presents heaps of honey, crystal and biscuity malts and earthy hops. Well-balanced, earthy flavor. Sweet toffee and bitter, tannic grapefruit roughage. Medium-bodied and lightly creamy with lively carbonation. Crisp, bitter, tongue-numbing (Novocaine-like) finish.
hopdog (8455) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with Degarth (thanks!). Poured a medium and slightly hazy yellow color with a larger sized head. Aromas of citrus and a little biscuity. Tastes of citrus and a little grassy. Nice grapefruit bitter finish. Thinner body.
daknole (8331) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from strykzone. Pours an amberish/gold color with a medium sized whitish head. Aromas of malt, honey, cider and some mild hops. Flavor is sweet and lacks any big IPA punch. It isn’t a horrible beer, just not a good representation of the style.
Drake (7846) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good lord, this is a gusher. Bottle from Degarth. Pours a slighly hazy peach color with a head of epic proportions. Retention is also epic. Will I ever get to drink this? Good lord, I just noticed I still have two thirds in the bottle! See you in half an hour! Well, that was really only like 25 minutes, and once all the head on the sides of the bottle condenses I’ll probably have another sip or two. Aroma is honey-ish with a floral hop profile. Smells really nice to be but that might be because I’m freaking thirsty by now. Major citrus... kind of like eating a grapefruit. The honey-like sweetness is in the taste as well. Thin mouthfeel and the aftertaste is a bit too bitter. A little bit off balance.
3fourths (7771) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a proper light orange color with a mostly pure white head. Dry-hopped with cascade, it says, so I knew what to expect, but the nose had more a dryness cheese and bread note than I think it should. Lacks juiciness, oilyness and "dankness" that I crave in good IPA, and the flavor also has this cheese (or foot sweat) and bread (croutons?) note that intruded on the slghtly stale, slightly dry hop flavors. Bitterness was light for IPA, and overall this beer sits in the middle of the road.