dliberto (216) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2013
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Drank from bottle,
I had this the other night to get it off the shelf because it just wont sell, very week for an IPA. The taste of caramel threw me off. It wasn’t hoppy enough to be a true IPA. Very, very meh.
Pershing (497) - Garland, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear Amber with a medium amount of carbonation. Frothy off white head. with a little hope aroma. A true English lightly hoped IPA. Medium body with more malt than hops which is good. Nice clean finish.
dman999 (15) - - AUG 23, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Nice malt aroma. Not as hoppy as american india pale ales. Malt balances nicely with the mild hops.
dlihcsnatas (532) - Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Looked good in the glass, copper color with nice head. But that caramel smell with little hops quickly lowered my expectations and then there was the taste. Loaded too much with caramel malts for an IPA and the hops are there but end up taking back stage to the malts. Poor excuse for an IPA.
Had to come back to this one, got a 6 pack of it, 4 more to go. I might would give this a better rating if it was labled an amber ale or even a fall seasonal. This is something I might go for in fall but not 101 degree summer. So AB/Inbev take the IPA off the label!
DocLock (8978) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours clear copper with 2-finger off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, noble hops, a bit vegetal. Tastes noble hoppy, tart, somewhat dry, bittter, and has an odd tasting acidic metallic bitter finish. This one is sub par.
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a bad IPA, but hardly a standout in a style with so many standouts. Pours a nice copper with decent off white head and some moderate lacing. Nose is very malty with strong caramel notes. Flavors are much hoppier than the nose, very dry, and lingering on the palate.
Cbuk1013 (247) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours golden reddish. Smell is hoppy with a hint of toffee. The taste is the same but very thin. Ehhhh.
jgb9348 (5321) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Deep amber coloured body with hints of mahogany and a thick, three centimetre tall tan head - I wish I could say that it didn’t look good, but it does. Aroma of pale malt, cardboard, pool water, earth, toffee, nuts and a bit of super light english hops. Light-bodied; Sharp pungent earthy and toffee sweetness with a little bitterness, although not seemingly from the hops - just from the metal. Aftertaste shows a bit more caramel and toffee notes with some hints of earth and the tiniest amount of hops. Overall, I knew this wouldn’t be anywhere close to an American IPA, but this one was just bad, even by british standards. Not really worth searching out, unless you want to see a poorly executed attempt at an IPA. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Wegman’s in Sterling, Virginia on 03-May-2013 for US$1.67 sampled at home in Washington on 22-July-2013.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
More average swill from Baldwinsville. More like "Baldwin Swill". AB continues to ruin classic brands such as Bass and Becks with lower quality locally brewed variants and promises of craft beer taste. This product is a mere gimmick to get those that won’t buy their products to pick it up under the guise of something better. Watered-down with rubbery burnt hop flavor. Cheap tasting malt and a syrupy aftertaste. This one won’t be on the market long. If I were a betting man, I’d say that this is the ill-fated Budweiser American Ale with a new logo on the bottle and a bit more cascade. AB keeps trying these experiments and they fail because they cut too many corners.
glennmastrange (2530) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Light to moderate grain and caramel for the malt, light herbs and dough for the hops and yeast, with a hint of dried fruit. Head is small, frothy , slightly off-white with a few spots of lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear medium amber. Flavor starts faintly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is on the lighter side of medium, slick, with a lively carbonation. A really god drinking beer, but not enough IPA stuff to say great IPA.