pivo (2641) - GERMANY - MAY 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Floral nose, amber color, creamy head. Sweet juniper-like spiciness, caraway seed notes in the end. Like a rye bread. Lingering bitter. Big body to support all the stuff going on on top. Interesting flavor and well balanced.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the bottle from Beertopia. Pours a dark copper amber with a medium off-white head. Strong grassy pine-like green hop aroma. Malty and citrus in the first flavor , but medium in palate only. Long burning bitterness actually feels acidic in your gullet. Nice mouthfeel of fresh green hops.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle from DYCSoccer17. Rich amber color, light amounts of clinging head. Aroma reeks of big, raw Simcoe - mostly pine but some orange and tangerine thrown in there too. I also pick up some yeasty notes and some light sulfur compounds. Sharp, acidic hoppiness cuts in on first sip, fading to some citric (orangey) fruitiness and heavy resin. Lightly sour. The beer tends towards the dry side with only a bit of caramel sweetness to offset the intense hoppy flavor. Medium-high bitterness, which, as the commercial description implies, is quite clean, yet also lingering. Very juicy, dry, hop-forward. A little too acidic for me to love it though.
Braudog (6024) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 23, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft 8 oz at the brewery taproom; Dark rusty amber with a nice poofy ’shmellowy head. Big time piney hop aroma. Nice chewy hop consistency, resin, pinetar, flowers. Excellent malt underpinning. Excellent brew. (#2925, 5/19/2007)
DYCSoccer17 (3499) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Aroma is rather citrusy and fruity with notes of oranges and some peach in there as well. Some floral hops as well as some lightly pine hops are also detected. Quite pleasant and aromatic. Attractive, transparent solid copper body with a nice, frothy off-yellowish head. Rather bitter, hoppy flavors hit you to start. I detect some hempy flavors, which seem like simcoe to me. Gets a little chewy and burnt in the middle. Finishes with a dry, hoppy, grapefruit flavoring. This is a pretty solid IPA, but is a little too burnt and dry for my liking.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye. Pours copper with a nice white head. Smells of resiny hops, some citrus, pine, some sweet biscuity malt. Tastes of citrus and perfumy. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a crisp finish.
piddleness (5) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2007 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This IPA is the single best offering from this solid brewery. Great malt backbone with enough bittering and aroma hops to be catagorized as a true West Coast style IPA. Hops gives you the gamut - strong citrus aromas, "velvetiness" on the tounge, some earthiness. Finishes very clean with a touch of malt sweetness on the finish. Medium bodied, slightly warming brew but not overly boozie at 6.2%. Yeast character pretty neutral. Just a hint of roundeness (vanilla note?). Poured from a bottle to a dense head that stay around for a good bit. My first rating, but that tells you how strongly I feel about this one.
blizzardlover (44) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer should be called IAA - India Apricot Ale. Great taste! Just tons of apricot, IMHO. Ruby, cloudy pour, lovely color. Decent head. Some alcoholic flavors, but not dominating. The hop is good, not too nuts. Tastes like a little bro to the Hopslam. Carmel taste from the malt coming through nicely in combo with the hop. Nice brew! She’s got some snort to her!
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very well balanced IPA - very very hoppy but the malt flavor still manages to come through. Clear copper poor, pine/citrus aroma, flavors of malt and grapefruit pithy (the white stuff in between the fruit segments I think?) and a nice pleasing aftertaste of fading hop bitterness.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear copper, thin white head. Aroma of pine and citrus with a little sweet malt. Lots of bitter hops, much more than I was expecting, with some orange and pine notes. Crisp and lingering bitter finish. Wow, very bitter.