fiulijn (13000) - MalmŲ, ITALY - 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 (11085) - 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 (10887) - 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 (9835) - 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. Itís like not all that bitter, but itís all that bitter.
Tmoney99 (9606) - 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 (8370) - 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 (8225) - 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 (8005) - 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.
3fourths (7526) - Boulder, Oregon, 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.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My Bottom Line:
Spicy grapefruit-like hoppiness surfs on lean honeyed cereals before a timid buttery smirk surfaces in this drinkable but slightly awkward India Pale Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam dwindles into the shiny pale bronze.
-A pleasant peppery, spicy bitterness lingers nicely in the finish.
-The grain bill does not seem to contribute to the hopsí efforts much.
-If it werenít for that butterscotchy character, we might have had a decent IPA here.