kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2012 (Resampled and upper numbers since the following rating.) 22oz bottle, courtesy of WeeHeavySD. Thanks, Jon! Pours a bright, yellow-orange color; off-white head with solid retention and medium-bubbled lacing. Cat pee, citrus, and resiny overall hoppiness in the aroma; slightly watery on the edges; lemon rind and clean hop expression. Medium carbonation. Medium mouthfeel: resiny, clean citrus and catty hop bitterness; some cheese and sugar. Medium finish (lots of mediums), showing resiny citrus and grass and sugar.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via trade with mikesgroove. Pours amber orange with 2 finger creamy white head. pine, honey, peach, apricot, and flro hops. Starts witha slight malty backbone and quickly becomes floral honey hopped drying your mouth with hop bitterness. A really good ipa, but i wouldnít trade for another.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light gold colour. Massive aroma - explosive orange and melon. Superbright. Bitter body, so much itís sweet with lots of melon, fresh fruits. Not the most balanced but what a great aroma.
TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Clearish orange with a whitish head. Nose is mango, pineapple and musk. Crisp, with a tingle; substantial but light enough to refresh. Taste is orange pith, mango and toffee. Finish is dry grapefruit zest with herbal hints.
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden, amber, copper with a white, two-finger, frothy head.
Smells piney, not super big (reminder that this one isnít imperial), malt comes through as toast, butter, and a bit of caramel. Standard ipa aroma and no citrus or fruit.
The tastes come through in cycles. First is hops, pine leads. Then malt, mostly butter, some biscuit, a little bread, and in there is some fruit. Bit of pineapple and a tinge of grapefruit. Then pine comes back into the mix.
A well-rounded ipa, that approaches drinking like a double. Multiple flavors are present. Itís not hop or malt dominant. Itís also not totally pine or fruit dominant. Very good.
mixmasterob (871) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Pollack. Light golden hazy pour with a small white cap of foam. Didnít leave much lace. Aroma was subtle hints of tropical fruits, mango and peach. Delightfully fresh smelling. Tasted of light fruit, more bitter than anything else, incredibly smooth and soft on the palate. Light fruity finish, bittersweet. Medium to full body, carbonation light. Overall a good IPA, comparable to a 2HA but lacked something to make it great.
jcos (1352) - Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2012 A really nice IPA, but for some reason it tasted a little bit thin to me. But overall, pretty strong.
Strykzone (4196) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting at Bigeloís. A hazy dingy gold beer with a big soapy white head. Nice lacing. Very nicely done! Soft citrus flavors with peppery spice, bread, some bitterness. This one has a cool personality. Pretty much what one wants in an IPA.
Plovmand (6026) - Helsinge, DENMARK - APR 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy deep golden with a medium white head. The aroma has loads of exotic fruit like passion fruit, mango, pineapple, citrus, lime and caramel. Very fresh and quaffable flavour of mango, citrus, orange, passion fruit, caramel, light pine and grape fruit. Lots of exotic fruit in this one!
Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate orange, peach, mango, and grapefruit. It pours a mostly transparent amber with lots of sediment and a two finger off-white head. The flavor starts with moderate orange with a touch of peach and mango. The finish has moderate grapefruit with a touch of pine. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a soft mouthfeel.