drowland (5989) - 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.
1pintatatime (72) - 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.
CanIHave4Beers (3209) - 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....
heemer77 (5099) - 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 (8963) - 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.
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.
husk2240 (10) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 9, 2014
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
If you have distributors with focus on "craft" brands, without all the mainstream brands, and distributors who actually know beer and care about the quality, you sell more beer. Very simple.