CanIHave4Beers (3623) - 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 todayís 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 canít 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 Iíd call it "moderately bitter" however the bitterness dominants the flavor and very little actual hop character gets through. The beer is mildly astringent.
I donít 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 canít 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 (8197) - Plymouth, 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 (7103) - 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 doesnít 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, Iíll have another. Iím not sure why Ratebeer says this is from Omaha. The label claims Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
heemer77 (5196) - 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 donít like the sweet finish.
kaser (4341) - 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 (2212) - 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.
Living816 (2) - - AUG 14, 2012 does not count
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This should not be called an IPA. It isnít. Not at all. This is an American Pale Ale style beer pretending to be an IPA because someone thinks that dry hopping makes a beer bitter.
I like both styles. I really like a proper pale ale, and a proper IPA. Had they called this an APA, it would be a decent beer. But theyíre selling it as an IPA, so Iím a little irritated. Tonight I was in the mood for IPA.
Anyway, this is Hy-Veeís creation. A house beer that doesnít look like a house beer. Itís brewed in Stevens Point, WI per the bottle. When I think of Wisconsin,I think of corn fed blonde women dancing around with a bunch of frat boys wearing cheese on their head, taking beer bong hits of Leines Berry Weiss. Or grotesquely obese men standing about in whitey tighties next to a grill, in a snow storm, drinking hefeweizen.
In other words, IPA isnít one of my thoughts.
This is a crystal clear copper amber stuff that comes in a 12 oz twist top. Itís called Lumberjack I think because lumberjacks donít care if theyíre drinking APA or IPA. Its shimmers quite nicely.
It smells overwhelmingly of yeast with a teensy of citrus. Thereís an unusual caramel smell that takes you by surprise. Overall, itís not a pleasant smell. Something doesnít fit. Maybe itís the caramel flower smell.
Taste wise, itís got a lot more body than you expect. Quite sweet throughout. A bit of saltness to it, as well. Thereís exceedingly little bitterness to it, with absolutely no astringency. The texture is a bit on the creamy side. Soft carbonation that fades quickly. Thereís a powerful malty tingle on the tongue.
I am really disappointed by this. Itís far too sweet and malty. It is not anywhere near the proper level of bitterness to call itself an IPA. This tastes like an amber ale or maybe a pale ale with as much malt as it has.
Maybe if you go into it realizing that it is an APA and not an IPA, you wonít get upset. But even then you have the issues with the bizarre sweetness and body that a decent pale ale avoids.
I paid $7 for a 6 pack at a HyVee store. For that money, I could have gotten a proper IPA. Save your money. You donít even get to save the bottles for your homebrew since theyíre twist offs.
joshmcg000 (374) - Iowa, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear copper. Aroma is pine and caramel malts. Caramel malt backbone, with a good blend of bittering hops. Mostly pine and slight citrus from the hops. Pretty run of the mill IPA, but good nonetheless. Could be more bitter, but Its a good starter IPA.