iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Max & Joeís--thanks for the free beer coharahawk! Clear golden with a onw finger off-white head, good retention. Big grapefruit and pine hops, and a little bit of floral hops as well. There is a bit of a pale caramel malt backbone. Flavor is more piny and resiny at first, but turns more grapefruity later on. Not a lot of malts to be had. Semi-dry finish with bitterness @ a 4-5. Ligght prickly carbonation with a light to medium body. Didnít really notice any wheat, as I had hoped to.
mybrainhurts (352) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
HHís BEER TASTING: A solid american pale ale. I could see myself drinking this regularly. The hop flavors are present but not overpowering. Nice one!
randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Niiiice interpretation! I canít go back to the flagship pale ale though... Once youíve had the single-wide, youíre hooked. Great balance of hops on the nose and the mouth. I particularly like the way you get more hops in the nose than on the palate -- It wonít knock you over with hops like youíre putting hops in a juicer. Great beer to drink and enjoy the aroma.
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Golden-amber color with a nice-sized fluffy off-white head. Citrusy-pine aroma. On the tongue itís less hoppy than the aroma leads one to expect, but overall well balanced with the malt. Good creamy mouthfeel. Itís not especially bitter, nor does it have any particular notes of interest in the flavor or aroma. Nevertheless, itís a well-made IPA. If I want something around this level of hoppiness, though, Iíll pick Stone IPA over this one.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pros: Excellent look, the beer is clearly a natural ale. Large frothy foam that lasts well. Light golden color. Nose has some potent hop elements. Flavor has lots of taste, is well balanced.
Itís hard not to like a natural, well made IPA like this. Iím not blown away, but this beer is of the highest quality, no doubt.
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden amber poor with floating granules. Citrus hop aroma. Citrus/pine taste with hop finish. Very nice.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) orange/amber with generous white head and nice lace. Strong grapefruit/pine hops aroma. Flavor is more balanced than aroma suggests - nice citrus/pine hops flavor but fairly balanced with some pale malt.
kurtzj (11) - Texas, USA - APR 30, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Served in a weizen glass at the Austin Flying Saucer (happy hour). I didnít see it poured, but it came to me headless. There was an orange tint to the color and aroma. Not enough hops for my taste. A very forgettable IPA.
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2009 Pours golden yellow with a frothy head. Aroma is strongly pine with grapefruit and a slightly resinous character. Flavor is nicely hoppy and citrus with a slight malt backbone. This is a nice exmaple of the style and very drinkable.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. A good, pleasant aroma. It really smells close to what I think of when I think ipa. Mostly hops, good amount of floral and various citrus, and some pale and assorted cereal grains. Nice pour, with a large, fluffy, wispy white head that stays well, medium but rather hazy looking body, and mandarin orange in color. Good flowing overall feel, but sometimes it seems to be missing alittle zip when bringing out the flavors until the slightly chewy bitter finish. Fairly fruity and hoppy flavor notes of lemony citrus, herbals, light melons, apricots, with a little bit of pine clinging in the finish. More variety in the malt flavors also show through in the flavor with distinct caramel, wheat bread, pale malts, and minor cereal grains. This was pretty solid beer, as things come together well for the most part. A few changes might make this one even better. Still, enjoyable as I wouldnít mind seeing more of this one on tap at normal bars.