Holdwine (1075) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At Savor. Nice try, but I thought this came off a little weak. The malt gimmick shows some ingenuity, but doesn’t add much. There is a decent hopping, but nothing giving it that zing. Drinkable, but not great.
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Savor, draft) Medium off-white head atop hazy straw body. Aroma is medium sweet, pine/grapefruit, some pineapple. Taste is moderately sweet, pine/pineapple, some grapefruit. Medium body, some resin.
3fourths (7982) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sample is clear amber. Has a crystalline sharp Cascade fruit nose, very bright and vibrant, but I think it lacks some depth, and is less pure and clean than I think a single-hop IPA should smell. Flavor is bitter, dry, catty, and overall it’s a very drinkable IPA but again, I think it falls short, and shows why the best IPAs in the world use hops as one would use colors in a painting. Still, it’s always interesting to try a single-hop and single-malt beer.
Canadianlush (169) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was the best IPA I’ve had in months. On tap at Jakers in Great Falls, Montana, it poured a nice golden yellow but could use more head. Terrific hoppy flavor is strong but not overpowering like so many IPAs. Sweet citris taste come through and give great balance to the beer. If I lived in Montana this would be a regular choice.
Braudog (5693) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Several drafts at Finn & Porter, Missoula: Yellow-orange, moderately laced. Tight hoppy aroma, very floral. Sweet and tangy like and orange rind (bitter) and mandarin orange (fruit). Light yet extremely flavorful. (#2936, 5/20/2007)
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a great IPA, rich chewy maltiness that has a stand alone feel on your palate, but the hops are generous enough in the nose, lighter in the body, but still enough there to give enough bitterness. Smooth and creamy, and quite tasty.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at The Rhino Pub in Missoula, MT
Poured a cloudy brownish/orange color with a nice creamy white head and excellent lacing. The nose is fresh and bright with some citrusy hops and a smooth malt body. The flavor is very nice with a full body provided by the marris otter along with a moderate hop bitterness in the finish. I liked this IPA, more focus on the malts without forgetting to throw in enough hops.
Harmon (3) - Helena, Montana, USA - SEP 28, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light clear copper color, good and hoppy with a nice balance of malt. I have had this on tap numerous times and it is very consistant in style and flavor.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2012 Tap. Cloudy, light caramel/amber color w small off white head that fell away to almost nothing quickly. No lace, very little carbonation. Aroma is sweet, resinous, piney hops w lt/med roast malt background. Flavor is semi sweet creamy lt/med roast malt that tasted a bit like cooked caramel & the above mentioned hops. Noticable bitterness especially on the finish, on the lower 1/2 of med bodied. There was a sweet, starchy characteristic and a bit of a harsh/staleness than made me think the keg was tapped too long ago. It washed down some food I ordered OK but I hope not to do it again.
Update 9/15/12. Had this at Great Northern Bar, Whitefish. The best thing they had, fresh this time. I’m upping it .4 to 3.7. The bitterness did seem just a bit harsh and tacked on but a good IPA nevertheless.
kyzr (1150) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very thick gold with little to no head. Aroma of orange zest. Nice balance of malt to hops with the hops taking control on the finish.