mkgrenwel (535) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The third and final beer in my profile of this relative newcomer’s portfolio, and the one I have had the most previously. Darkish amber pour with bif fluffy tan head. Lots of nice hop oils in there. Aroma of juicy citrus hops thrown far and wide. Fresh, dense hop aroma. Green and red. Strong hit of crystal malt up front, pretty assertive bitterness in back. Very much a balanced approach. A bit soapy. Citrus fruit as well as darker strawberry and cherry. Some notes of raw hop oil keep this feeling fresh, but it’s more of a candied preserved kind of sweet hop character going on for the most part. Proves that balanced doesn’t have to mean overly sweet or weak bitterness. A really nice addition to the East Coast IPA lineup. Between Baxter and Maine Beer Co, Maine finally has some American style hop-forward brewing happening.
boto (1796) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught: This one pours a darker hazy orangish color. There was very little head on it. Nice aroma. Big whiff of pine hops. Some grapefruit and orange in the background. The taste is good. A nice hop bite. Mainly pine hops to the taste. There is a decent malt body behind it. Some earthiness. Nice
ClarkVV (3761) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fresh Summer 2011 cans
Darker than a "West Coast" IPA usually is, with deeper orange and ambers. Clear, with a fair amount of white head that shows moderate retention.
Bitter, acidic hops in the nose are immediately joined by bready, earthy, dry malts. The hop pungency is mainly citric, with a touch of pine on the end, especially with warming, where I also get a touch of alcohol. Medium strength of aroma, quite hoppy, but more acidic than aromatic.
Hard crystal malt and acidic, citric hops wash over the palate, with a strong carbonation that does its best to fight the high acidity and maltiness. Citrus and pine and very straightforward, while there is probably more malt depth than hop. Sweet, candied orange is produced from the malt and citric hoppiness, while some dry, earthy flavors linger on the finish, along with a fair amount of pine sap and heavy acid bite. Way too heavy-handed for my tastes, lacking any finesse or subtlety. Seems much more in the vein of the old "East Coast" IPAs.
Minderbinder (1530) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours orange with medium beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma is of malt, pine, caramel, herbs, faint alcohol, pineapples. Taste is of caramel, pine, sugar, earthy bitterness, citrus, sugar. Palate: Medium body. Balance is on the sweet side. Overall: Good, but sweet. Not too "clean".
Strife21 (91) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours hazy copper with thick frothy white head.
Smells of pine, citrus and hops
Tastes of pine, citrus and grapefruit. Bitter finish.
medium body, medium carbonation.
Jesterdeal (1580) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can thrown in by Seth on an awesome trade. Aroma is muted apricot and papaya with some passionfruit and bitter grass notes as well. Pours amber with a nice frothy head. Taste follows suit. Papaya and grass stand out but not in a sweet way. Nice even bitterness. An easy sippin’ and unassuming IPA. Nice.
seth_lfod (316) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Consumed from the can. Smell is very citrus forward, pine and hop resin. Taste follows with added malty sweetness. Good beer, just a little too sweet for me.
canary dog (641) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Piney and resinous hops dominate in the immediate nose and taste notes. Finish is quick, clean, and draft-like. Easy to drink. I thought this beer really hid its 6.9% pretty well.
Mep3222 (288) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty floral hop aroma. Maybe a bit if stinky feet in there but not much. Full flavored and pretty well balanced. Prefer a bit of a different hop profile but still a pretty well made ipa.
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halfonit (1117) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at battleship. Poured an amber/ yellow color with a thick white head. Aroma of citrus, pine and grass. Orange peal and tropical fruit flavors which turn to rounded, increasing bitter hop and resin notes with a biscuity malt backbone. This is a very good IPA on tap right now.
bytemesis (2427) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Canned on 08/19 - thanks JBPortland! Pours hazy butterscotch amber with a medium creamy beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is pretty standard pine and caramel. Flavor is about the same, medium sweet and light bitter. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Not too bad despite having a bit of age on it.