jcr (2096) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Dark amber body with a frothy, off-white head, slowly diminishing. Pine and resin aroma with notes of toasted grain and caramel. Very little floral notes, surprising for an English style of iPA. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy texture and moderate carbonation. A chewy IPA, heavy on the malts with some hop plant residue flavor in the finish along with taste of bitter tea.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler pours an off-white head with lace and a clear golden body. Aromas of citrus and floral hops. Little wheat maybe? Flavor is citrus and floral hops, wheat, rye, yeast, little funky. Finish is a little bitter.
Butters (3590) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler from Justin at the brewery. Thanks man! Pours a clear dark amber with miniscule near clear head. Nose is lightly citrus and floral, kinda like rose petals or lavender but is primarily malt dominated. Flavor introduces the mild hop bitterness. Definitely English in nature. Iíd almost say this is overly balanced. If youíre looking for nice mild brown with a little bit of hop profile, this fits the bill.
MmmcKay (1039) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I can pretty much 2nd everything that Curly just said. Iíve tried this beer twice compliments of the generosity of Blackstone. Very pleasant English style IPA. There were some petroleum, resiny riesling like notes on the first try that seemed to be gone by the time I tried the 2nd growler. They were very pleasant though. In general, a very solid beer. Finesse in style not a bruiser. Great effort from Blackstone.
curly (2397) - Redmond, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2009 What an honor to enter a beer and be the first to rate it. This beer was just brewed and put into kegs. We received a growler compliments of Blackstone. The pour is a clear copper with a white head that fades. Aroma is subtle citrus, such as lemon, orange, and lime, and caramel with floral notes as well. Taste is good, it doesnít have all those sweet hop notes like many of the IPAís coming out now. This is definitely a more traditional English-style brew. Pine and orange are most notable with sweet floral. Not an overpowering bitter finish but it is present.