badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky gold color with a large head. Dusty grain aroma and a smidge of citrus hops. Grainy malt tasate with only a bit of bitterness. Quite drinkable.
Chef Chad (104) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Music.."Yummy Down on This" by Bloodhound Gang
Bright Nose with some spice and floral, some pine and alcohol. Pours a gorgeous cloudy light orange with white head that last for days... Carbonation is fantastic and makes the beer very refreshing a lighter medium body for the style it finishes very crisp and smooth. After letting this IPA breath a bit the other flavors cut through the hops a bit.. Hops, Pine, spruce, some fruit tones and a good sweet malt backbone. The beer finishes bitter but not too much. It certainly leaves you wanting more and it is not dry. The more it opens up you start to get more grapefruit and some citrus to it... "
TheEpeeist (3175) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Cloudy yellow orange with a pillowy white head. Nose is dough, spicy orange and lemon peel; subdued. Crisp, medium light with cleansing carb. Taste is orange peel, grass, lemon basil and a touch of toffee. Lingering bitterness. Nice.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Tomato Head in Maryville. Pours a hazy brass with very small white head. The aroma is quite fruity, with tangerine, peach, and various other citrus fruits; there’s also a strong toffee-like malt in there with some canteloupe and honey notes. The flavor is pretty good, too... very English style malts with a sort of toffee and leather thing going on, but with lots of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit from the hops. It finishes with a mild wood/pine bitterness. Very drinkable.
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Pours hazy and golden with a mid-sized, wispy, white head. Great retention. Malty, earthy nose provides grapefruit, pine and honey with a rumor of tropical fruit. Medium-bodied and creamy with fizzy carbonation. Well-balanced. Biscuit and toffee sweetness is leveled nicely by a spunky west coast hop bite. Lightly bitter, coarse, dry finish.
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to mreusch in a trade... 12 oz bottle! Thanks Matt! Awesome trade as always! Lighter amber w/a lasting thick, off white head. Grassy, caramelly, strongly fruity when chilled which I don’t mind. Lightly piney and floral hops. Toasty malt is light, and it’s mostly about the hops, but the fruitiness is strong up front, however, it backs off to grassy hops and toasty malt once it warms a bit. Flavor is mildly bitter from start to finish, but it’s pleasant. Floral and lightly herbal hop flavor with a touch of pine. Caramel is present but subdued. The overall balance is even, but lightly bitter in the aftertaste which is great IMHO. Grassy hop flavor throughout. MF is smooth, yet dry at the finish. High CO2, which adds to the aroma/flavor, but takes away from the M/F. Lighter medium body. Overall a well made IPA, a good beer , and I would recommmend it to beer lovers!
travita (3692) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Gingerman in Dallas. the smell is pine, caramel, citrus, malts, and nice. The look is orange color with a decent off white head. The taste is crisp, nice hop bite, decent bitterness, caramel, and citrus.
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bonused from FlossmoorBrewAlum. Thanks! Nice nose of hops - grapefruit and floral notes mainly. A touch of dusty notes and light sweetness. Pours a hazy light golden with a great head and nice lacing. Nice hop flavors - leafy, citrus, floral notes, a touch of pine in there as well. Light sweetness, a little dusty yeast, and a crisp lingering citrus juicy profile. Some pine in the burps. Really drinks very nicely. I could drink a boat load of this
drpimento (2098) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great American style IPA! Poured with an off-white head that’s big and foamy with a little texture. HUGE fresh hop aroma. Flavor is dominated by the hop qualities. And just enough balanced by the malt to make it a very enjoyable beer. Hops are more on the earthy side without too much, if any, fruitiness. Body is where the malt is present and helps to make the beer quaffable. Decent finish and about a session beer.
JoeinEscazú (1325) - Ozark, Missouri, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Multiple bottle and draft samples. Lovely brassy gold color with faint greenish sheen, fluffy white head. Hoppy nose is both piney and fruity, with notes of grapefruit, lemon, fresh-cut grass, resin. Straightforwardly bitter with pine and lemon in backdrop and aftertaste, also lastingly bitter but not so extreme to prevent this beer from being refreshing. Sparkling and dry, no stickiness. A well-built girl all around.