DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
04-Aug-08 and 28-Sep-08 (12-oz bottles, Enjoy by October, 2008: Free sample bottles for stewarding the 2008 World Beer Cup in San Diego, CA) Upon pouring this slightly hazy, golden-amber beer, the mildly aromatic nose is malty, caramely, a little sweet-smelling and fruity, with dusty, earthy hops in the background. On the palate, the entry is decidedly malty and caramely with moderate sweetness level and lightly bitter, resiny hops. But almost immediately, the hops become more assertive and eclipse the malty backbone, coming across as quite earthy, but also much more piney and weedy than the aroma suggests. But over time, the nose changes, offering more of that earth and resiny pine aroma, especially the latter. Medium-full in body and medium in carbonation, the bitterness and finishing dryness from the hops keeps the palate clean and refreshed. The modest, chill-induced haziness clears up completely as the beer warms. The inch-tall layer of off-white head gradually settles to a thin, but complete cap. Random patches, rings and strands of lacing decorate a large portion of the glass. All in all, this is a nicely balanced and reasonably complex IPA, very flavorful and quite enjoyable despite the slight "green" weediness of the finish. The solid malt base is always important for a hoppy IPA, maintaining the requisite balance, but in this case, it also brings focus toward the impressively balanced flavors, preventing one from getting stuck on the slight weediness of the finish. A solid IPA.
bu11zeye (12684) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz can, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, pine, earth, and grass. Flavor of caramel malt, pine, and grass with a moderately bitter finish.
blutt59 (6501) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
canned, thanks to dkachur in trade, orange amber color with piney malt and hop aroma, flavor of citrus, some metallic , bitter finish
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a snifter.
4.0 A: Clear medium orange color. About one finger of creamy off-white head. Average retetion but lots of lacing.
4.0 S: Very nice. Overall, very clean with a great usage of yeast. Grassy and citrusy hops. Some hints of orange and mango. Neutral malts with some toffee.
4.0 T: Overall pretty neutral, but also earthy and slightly grainy. Soft moderate hop bitterness with herbal and slightly citrusy flavor. Again, this is incredibly clean. Nothing mind blowing, but tasty.
4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be a bit creamier, but overall pretty good.
5.0 D: This is incredibly easy to drink. I could have tons of them with no qualms. Not stunning in terms of taste or mouthfeel, but good enough and so clean that itís impossible to hate.
Serving type: can
Reviewed on: 08-06-2010 02:56:45
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz can - thanks to Blutt59
Decent amount of fresh pine aroma - smells better than it tastes. Nothing really stands up, the bitterness, citrus, and pine flavors are all there - just not enough of them.
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, 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. Iím glad as otherwise some would have gone to waste. A beer this good is too amazing to sit overnight and oxidize. I hadnít 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 dayís work.
Flavor / Palate - Maple syrup, pine, and then a smooth bitter aftertaste warms the throat. Thereís not much depth but I was not expecting too much. I could see putting down a pint or two of this at lunch. It wouldnít 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 (2254) - 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 (203) - 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 IBUís are there but unlike my favorite cali IPAís 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 (2547) - 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.