Brigadier (2605) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
64 oz growler
Thanks to Santa for sending this surprise at the bottom of a well packaged present. Knowing the lifespan of an IPA in this form I had someone over to share it. I’m glad as otherwise some would have gone to waste. A beer this good is too amazing to sit overnight and oxidize. I hadn’t heard of Blue Mountain before but this puts it on the map for me.
Aroma / Appearance - Highly carbonated and sparkling the bronze body and vanilla creamy head like the topping on a frosted cookie. Pine, spruce, and maple sweeten the air like a spring sunrise. It almost smells like a woodshop after a hard day’s work.
Flavor / Palate - Maple syrup, pine, and then a smooth bitter aftertaste warms the throat. There’s not much depth but I was not expecting too much. I could see putting down a pint or two of this at lunch. It wouldn’t be completely impossible to finish a growler but the sheer volume would be overwhelming. Just thinking about this beer makes me want to figure out how to get more.
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. deep golden pour with a 1/4" white head. citrus / floral hop nose. medium body with hop resins, citrus notes, deep floral bitterness and layers of orange peel. bitter finish with more citrus notes. good carbonation. soft palate. enjoyable IPA.
shakespeare33 (197) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
6 pack from whole foods... blistery burnt amber color.. quickly dissipating head... good stout smell wth a pungent hop, pine soaked scent.. Very excited to try this but like rudolph without a red nose, its just missing something.. the IBU’s are there but unlike my favorite cali IPA’s the staying power is lacking and the bitterness and pine infused flavor give way quickly and there isnt much on the backend.. Its brisk , its respectable but its leavin the bar with the cute chick rather than the hot one who likes a little more umph in her ale.... Overall solid though...
ZR2Blazer (87) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2010
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1 finger off white head
Hops on aroma
Nice balanced taste, finishes moderately hoppy, with a touch of bitter. Pretty good APA.
BREWMUSKCLES (2088) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
sampled after their great dipa and perhaps the reason why i found it more malty in the flavor and less developed for the lesser hop character. darker amber golden orange brew it seemed more spicy with a touch of fruit in the good malt flavor. nice light astringency to the mouthfeel.
weharvie (40) - USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Fruity, strong hop aroma
Appearance: Deep golden color. Nice clarity.
Taste: strong hop initial bitterness, balanced with mild malty flavot
Overall: a stronger pale ale, but pleasant to drink
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head that has some staying power. The beer is a nicely red tinged copper-amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grapefruit zest scented with pine oil, sweet caramelized malt, toasted grain and a caramelized biscuit malt character. The hop and malt aromatics are fairly balanced here, though the hop citrus is definitely playing the leading role.
A nice biting hop character up front is thick with grapefruit and lychee, while the finish gets herbal, with pine notes along for the ride and a biting, rough’ish bitterness that lingers on in the long finish. This has a medium-light body to it that is thickened by crystal malt character; this is not overly heavy though and is certainly a quaffable beer. The hop character is a bit more aggressive in the flavor than it was in the aroma. A touch of cracker like grain and pale-toasted malt character adds some light spicing towards the finish of each sip
This is a nicely hoppy pale ale, it has a bit more crystal malt character than I might prefer, but that is perfectly in line with many American versions of the style. This will certainly help those in need of a hop fix and I always enjoy tasty beer coming from a can.
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. pours a light copper color. aroma of citrus and floral hops. taste: grapefruit then an easy amount of bitterness from the hops, good beer.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Copper with a white head. Aroma is citrus and spice...mostly pepper. Flavor is similar with less citrus and more pepper and general spice. Easy but good.
roder60 (1269) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear copper color with a medium amount of quickly dissapating offwhite head. Aroma comes off very different to me: kinda nutty woodyness with a bit of caramel candy sweetness and a tad citrus presence. Flavor is very light on the tongue, bit watery, light roasty toasted grain essence in base with bitter flower hop finish. Overall, bit of a letdown.