BeerandBlues2 (8459) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by argo0. Pours clear ruby/amber with a medium, frothy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is wet dog, earthy hops and biscuit malt. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, light malt and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.
argo0 (11092) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
66cl bottle. Small off-white head atop clear dark amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, wet dog, some orange/grapefruit, light bread. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, light lime, alcohol burn. Medium body, some resin.
mansquito (2878) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Total Wine and More, Chantilly 650ml ($6): Pours a reddish copper with an off-white (actually more like a beige) head. Aroma is really good: nice and malty with a touch of hops and a bunch of sugar. Taste is mostly on the malty side with a good balance of hops. Nice aftertaste that kind of coats your mouth with the sugar. Really easy to drink. A solid English style IPA.
ApisAles (1570) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber pour with a white head. Aroma is malt, light citrus hops. A little resin. Not very hop forward. Flavor is a little sweet, bready, some hop kick. Not bad, not great.
Cybercat (2774) - Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear, dark coppery amber with a fairly thick and fluffy pale golden tan head. Strong, hoppy aroma has a firm grapefruit overtone and a yeasty hint. Mouth-filling flavor is fruity and hoppy with some hop bitterness and a little honey-like sweetness that nicely balances it. Smooth texture has a decent amount of body and a fair tingle. OK overall.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
660 mL bottle from Total Wine West Richmond. Pours a clear amber color with a large tan frothy head. Decent head retention. Aroma of big caramel and toasted malts with floral hops. The taste is herbal hops with caramel and toffee malts. Medium bodied with a lingering bitterness and average carbonation. Nice.
Anova167 (245) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours copper with a decent off white head. Floral spicy hop aroma with some biscuit. Taste is very interesting. Notes of wood, spicy hops, and an almost cashew like flavor. Not one that I would want all of the time, but glad I grabbed this.
dbarnold (1106) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I understand the intent, and I think they probably did a very good job of it, but that doesn’t mean I have to love it. I was curious to try it, and glad I did. Basically tastes like a flat english beer with some slight hoppiness to it. Quite malty and with a pretty bland palate. Not that interesting.
ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2012 660ml bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Batch 440 - Best Before 07-01-13.
Appearance: Pours a clear, deep copper body with a frothy, off-white head. Modest smattering of lace on the descent.
Smell: Lowly sweetish, scantly toasted biscuit-toned nose with a caramel angle to it with a nice aromatic mixture of chopped dehydrated fruits, spice, stale citrus peel, dried herbs, and stray woodsy accents.
Taste: Sweetish maltiness hinting a biscuits, caramel, and untoasted nuts. Handful of trail mix-minded dried fruits. Woodsy, lightly earthy, leafy hops with a touch of orangey citrus. Medium bitterness. A couple drops of alcohol. Fleeting caramel hints past the midway point as the beer gradually dries out and maintains a lingering bitterness beyond the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Displays good balance and is fairly decent overall.
jcos (1356) - Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave and Ben M-L on February 9th, 2012.
Appearance: Pours a dark copper.
Aroma: Aroma is maltier than expected for the style..
Taste: Some light-medium bitterness.
Palate:Medium body, medium aftertaste.
Summary: Maybe we need to split the IPA category on Ratebeer into Amercian Style IPA and British Style IPA. I respect both, but prefer the crazy American ones. Having said that, this is a solid example of the british style of IPA.