DrnkMcDermott (2855) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle, $2 single at HyVee, Ankeny, IA. Picked up as part of my scramble to not let November be my month with the fewest ratings ever. Screw-top crown, followed by my sin of pouring into a plain old shaker glass. Appearance is a bright amber, with plenty of thick, orange-y foam. Smell has some light citrus and grassy hop overtones. A fake store brand beer this may be, but at least they are up front about their hop bill. Taste brings up some earthy hop notes suited to an English IPA. This is more hop-forward than their web page suggests. Has a bit of a curdled aftertaste, but that may be my cold speaking. I see that I can trust the Point guys for a solid brew even when contracted.
edgallow (2499) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
4 oz sample pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of citrus, floral and malts. Taste of malts and the hops.
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CanIHave4Beers (3427) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Fifth in today’s series of long lost ratings from the long lost notebook.
Pours a sort of orange color with a big head and some lacing on the glass.
The aroma is grassy and citrusy with some sweet malt and a odd off putting stinkiness that I really can’t pin down as any one thing.
The flavor is bitter and floral, the malt is right there out front with both caramel and toasty malt flavor. The beer is weird because I’d call it "moderately bitter" however the bitterness dominants the flavor and very little actual hop character gets through. The beer is mildly astringent.
I don’t even know what to say here, these are available exclusively at Hy-Vee stores, most of which usually sell much better IPAs for anywhere between the exact same price as this or a dollar or two more... I can’t imagine once the "try this new thing" honeymoon is over that there will be much left for sales with a beer like this, who knows....
BVery (7233) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clear bright orange pour with a small soapy white head. Nice aroma of caramel malt and floral hops. Taste is unbalanced - needs more malt backing. Finishes fairly harsh.
drowland (6499) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - OCT 9, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
10/9/12. 12oz bottle from my parents in a care package, of all people - score random tick! Clear red pour with a medium khaki head that fades but laces fairly well. Musky, earthy hop aroma with some pine and floral aspects, and plenty of sweet malty caramel. Big malty flavor, plenty of caramel, etc., with a bitter hop kick, but not much hop character. Eh.
lancenelson (26) - Nebraska, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Starts out very mellow. A standard aroma that doesnt really stand out. Light on the bitters that eventually builds, but doesn’t ever get higher than a strong pale ale. Nice and smooth, though. Not a typical IPA, but a good beer.
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle - pours orange with a perfect white head. Floral hops aroma. Very nice flavor good hops and malt balance. Not overly hoppy, though. This is more like a pale ale in the Northwest. Nice beer. Thank you, I’ll have another. I’m not sure why Ratebeer says this is from Omaha. The label claims Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
heemer77 (5134) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 1, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A deep broze colored body with a light khaki head. Nose of grapefruit and toast. There is also some almonds. The taste has some toast with light citrus. There is also wood. Decent, but I don’t like the sweet finish.
kaser (3424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear orange pour with tiny white head. Good citrus smelll and taste. No and easy drinking beer.
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fidelis83 (2061) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a lightish copper with a 2 finger, fluffy off white head. Aroma is biscuit, pine, light citrus and floral hops, caramel and a little toffee. Flavor is mroe biscuit, caramel, piney and planty hops are most prevailant, but some citrus as well, a slightly Englishy yeast profile, toast and some bitter pine and light grassiness to the finish. Palate is light to medium bodied, with a creamy to slick feel, mild carbonation and off dry finsh with a lingering bitterness clinging to the palate. O.K. overall. No major flaws, but nothing all that impressive.