joshmcg000 (293) - 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.
lancenelson (24) - 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.
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.