bhensonb (12460) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 12, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Julie brought from Illinois. Pours orange/copper with a slight beige head. Aroma is citrus and fruit. Med body, almost. Flavor is lightly roasty caramel, and some fruity/earthy hop. It is bitter. Might have been a big deal in 1985.
drowland (6841) - 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.
BVery (7961) - 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.
1pintatatime (113) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep amber color with a thick, creamy off-white head. The pillowy head dampens the aroma, but thereís a bit of caramel and earthiness coming through, along with some floral notes. Taste is not great. Starts out more like an amber with a sweetness thatís appealing, but then a harsh, bitter flavor comes to the fore. Itís not a subtle mix of sweet and bitter. Rather, the bitter just clobbers the malt. The finish isnít bad, but overall itís too much like average home brew.
c1raider (73) - New York, USA - MAY 29, 2015
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Straight bitter hops with carbonation and a wheat grain finish. Would not buy again...
ads135 (3357) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 16, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
A middling IPA. Pours amber with a thickish head. Light bready sweetness and an indistinct citrus and grass character.
CanIHave4Beers (3568) - 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....
bigcat03 (219) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 1, 2015
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured into a shaker; pours a nice shade of copper with a small sudsy head and no real carbonation; a little malt to the nose...but not much else; some grassy hops to start...and end. This taste doesnít develop at all. Mouthfeel is decent which makes it a passable summer/grilling/lawnmower beer.
heemer77 (5174) - 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.
adnielsen (10089) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle @ home, courtesy of jcnielsen. Hy-Vee beer? FUCK YEAH! Pours a burnt orange appearance with a light brown head and pretty good retention. Caramelized malty, a bit spicy/cinnamon, generic green herbal hoppy aroma. Doesnít smell incredibly fresh. Burnt sugar, peanut brittle, somewhat smoky, herbal hoppy, strangely sweet flavor. Ummm yeah, no.