Drake (7830) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle shared by cdumler. Thanks! Pours a clear medium amber color with a thin head. Good head retention and lacing. Big resiny hop aroma with some mild tropical and citrus fruit notes. Taste is very heavy hops.... pine, earth, vegetal and a little metal. Slight citrusy fruit and caramel notes. Medium bodied.
blutt59 (5997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle via trade w/ snojerk321, great golden glow with medium loose foam, aromas of musky hops, grapefruit, some spice, flavors of resin, corn syrup, citrus and really nice bitter finish, thanks Torry
msante79 (2194) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber thanks to Doubleo. Pours clear golden orange with foamy white head. Aroma is real nice with tons of citrus, mangos, orange, grapefruit, tons of hops and some malt. Flavor is bitter hops, citrus, some pine and malt. Nice thick mouthfeel. Finsihes bitter but has nice malt backbone that brings balance to brew. Great IPA.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent IPA. Pours a deep orange/red with a thin, bone white head. Aroma is amazing, wet and juicy oranges, pineapples, mangoes, grapefruit, cream, and Bubble-Yum. Flavor is a nice mix of the juicy oranges and pinecones, with a hint of floral hops as well. Some acidic grapefruit as well, and just a touch of lemon. A bit thin on the palate, which is the only real knock. Otherwise, a great IPA.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, thanks to WeeHeavySD for this one. Pours a light orange color with a nice foamy head, I could smell the citrusy hops the moment I cracked the cap, but it smells like a grapefruit in the glass. The taste is a little bit more subtle than I expected, not as much bitterness, just a LOT of hop flavor and aroma. A tasty brew. Thanks Jon!
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to toncatcher!
A solid IPA but really doesn’t quite warrant its reputation. Great, not excellent.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a crystal clear light orange with a thin white head. The nose is an all out assault of juicy tangerine and bubble gum. The flavor doesn’t live up to the expectations set my the aroma, but still its very good with some piny and citrus hops. Medium body and super easy to drink. Thanks for sharing Josh.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to snojerk321 for the bottle!
Peach-orange color, large fluffy yellowish-white head gone quickly. Nose is quite bitter but contains a lot of fruit sweetness, great stuff in orange, citrus, and cantaloupe. Flavor is downright bitter, just really hardcore stuff There’s a little sweet malt to ease it off and some hints of peach and orange, but the bitterness is direct and bold, through the long finish. Well carbonated and zesty, also a little salty. Very nice IPA, would session with pleasure.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber via trade with stefanje. Pours a very pretty coppery-gold with dissipating head. Crystal clear. Nose is apricots, catty, pine resin and some citrus, quite lovely and bright. I’d guess amarillo and simcoe, but you never know anymore. Taste is pretty similar, quenching bitterness and not nearly as overpowering as most have made it seem. Distinct catty flavor and resiny, mostly pine with a little bit of fruit character as well. To finish, there’s a big bready backbone to hold it all together. Damn well structured. Tasty.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - FEB 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear effervescent amber with a fizzy/frothy white head. Aroma of grapefruit and orange, some pine, some soap, a slight touch of candy sweetness. Flavor is quite bitter with strong notes of grapefruit rind, earthy and bitter pine, a slight touch of soapiness, leading to a very dry bitter finish. No metallic tinge to the bitterness, which is nice. Overall a very bitter IPA witih sufficient complexity and almost no sweetness which maintains a pleasant refreshing character. A major notch in the column of those who do not care for sweet or more “balanced “ IPA’s.