DrnkMcDermott (2880) - 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.
ads135 (3338) - 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.
HuskerTan (721) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - SEP 7, 2014
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
A- Citrus, hoppy, watery, pine.
A- Amber color, hazy liquid, white head.
T- Hoppy, bitter, unbalanced, subtle citrus, pine.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, bitter finish.
O- I would be embarrassed to sell this beer under my name. Just a poor IPA that is very unbalanced and lacks flavor and is nothing but bitter water.
TXBadger (1790) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a mostly clear amber color with white head. Citrus and cereal grain on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a floral note.
1pintatatime (107) - 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.
radagast83 (5417) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle brought back from the midwest. Poured a clear amber color with a medium white head. Aroma was heavy hop notes - earthy character, some light pine. Flavor was earthy hops, huge malt notes, caramel. A touch more malty than Iíd have liked, but it was pretty clean and easy to drink in the end.
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.
GranvilleTim (1767) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange-red pour with an off-white head. Aroma is floral hops and caramel malt. Taste is caramel malt, bisquit, little earthy hops. OK tasting beer. Hoppy aftertaste. Nice lacing.
Finhead (1308) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear, amber-gold pour with a white head. The aroma is a little earthy with herbal and light pine notes. It has a light, watery texture with lively carbonation. The taste is bittersweet and easy drinking with smooth, quick finish. Not bad, but not exciting either.
adnielsen (10028) - 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.
jcwattsrugger (11359) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2014 12oz bottle-lt tan head with trailing lace-copper. A-1st time was pineapple/resin, med malt-caramel. Next time dk grain, resin. T-earthy hops, med malt/grain-caramel. 746312=3.2 then improves some @cellar temp 747313=3.4 split the difference 3.3