ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2006 Draught pints on 6/2/06 at Big Buck Gaylord. Deep bronze-brass color is very glassy, with only medium clarity. Head is large, white, frothy and mostly well-retained, fading eventually to cover, with light lacing. Strong centennial-like hops in the nose spell out melons, leafy, juicy hop buds and some floral notes. The toasty malt crowds in quickly as well, being both sugary and then lightly bready, perhaps some munich or heavy crystal malt in low doses. The strength is quite high, and for that itís quite welcome. Just a bare touch of soapiness or sourish something on the very end, but the hops cover it up mostly. The juiciness continues in to the flavor, where the hops seem a bit bogged down by the sugary, perhaps slightly underattenuated malts (to my taste, anyways, itís not like itís worty or anything). Wet, with some wateriness, but still enough juicy, fat hoppiness and creamy sweet malts to hold on until the end. Again, a dry, sourish note builds up on the finish, not terribly disconcerting, but still enough to draw attention. Soft carbonation and a mostly chewy, lightly filtered body. No alcohol notable.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught big mug at gaylord, mi location. Pours a lightly hazy copper color with a small off white head. Nose is dry hop notes with some light caramel malt notes. Palate is crisp and fresh. Flavor is more of the nice dry, bitter hops with a light malt character in the backround.
ericnixon (738) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the Auburn Hills, MI location. Dark coppery color. Pretty ok hoppy taste, but not overly so. There was a lingering bitterness to it.
tbarnette (105) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad, was a little weak but went well with the steak at Big Buck Brewery.
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at the brewery in Grapevine. Not the hugest IPA fan... but this one isnít bad. Not as super hoppy as a lot of IPAís... Good lacing. Very Floral with a lot of citrus notes... oranges, peaches, and maybe some grapefruit. Pours a burnt dark orange
Maddog (385) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at the Gaylord steakhouse. A darn good beer. Cloudy, light orange with a very strong hop presence. Very floral and citrusy. Served way too cold, but a very tasty brew.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
GABF í05. Listed as the "Amarillo IPA". Clear golden body. Grapefruit flesh, pine and crystal malt in the nose. The flavor is lighter with springy, bitter grapefruit / pepper spicy hops over cereal malt.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at brewery: Cloudy orange, poured a tan diminishing head. Aromas of light hops (pine, citrus) up front (not nearly enough) with a pils-eque malt. Flavor was dry slightly spicy hops on top of light smoother malt. Finishes dry and short with a light mouthfeel. Mostly forgetable with so many other better IPAs out there.
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - APR 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this one from the tap. Rating off 2-hr-old memory. Cloudy golden color, good head. The rest reminded me very strongly of Bells Two-Hearted Ale. All in all, it comes out to about 4/5.
Pailhead (4638) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap: Nice malty and sweet grapefruit aroma. Hazy orange with a yellowish head. Great lacing. Real light malt up front with moderate hop finish. Decent but could be a little stronger and more balanced. Unlike the aroma, there isnít much malt in the flavor.