BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the bristol brewing company. Gold color with a rich citrus hop nose. Sweet hop body with a citrus characteristic.
drewbeerme (3808) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. pours clear amber with white head. noes of PNW hops but nothing overboard, notes of grapefruit and fruity hops. flavor has nice grapefruit and mango hop profile, but not that fruity or bitter, but tasty, perhaps this is not that fresh.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle via trade with Crosling! - Thanks Nick! - Pours amber with a big fluffy offwhite head. Aromas of grapefruit as well as a good dose of apricot. Flavor is grapefruit, but a little apricot and even some pineapple. Caramel flavor behind that. Fairly well balanced. Medium body and pretty smooth on the palate.. Pretty drinkable and not over the top like lots of IPAs tend to be these days.. I liked this one..
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2006: Amber color with a small off-white head. Diacetyl aroma covered up most else for me. Some malt underneath. Malty caramel flavor with a nice mix of citrus. Moderately bitter finish help to redeem the beer.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a brilliantly clear, reddish amber color that is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, tan colored head. The aroma is quite fruity; ample notes of grapefruit, candied orange peel and apricot. There is a nice toasty maltiness here underneath the up front and dominant American Citrus fruit. After a bit a touch of alcohol is noticeable towards the end of the nose.
The taste is sweet up front, which helps to accentuate the ample hop notes, or at least the fruity sides of them. Notes of pine and a touch of menthol round out what is otherwise dominated by citrus notes of apricot, ruby red grapefruit, lychee, and candied orange peel. Caramelized malt notes become noticeable towards the middle, but then morph into a toasted biscuit-type malt note. The beer has a nice tongue gripping bitterness to it that adds a lingering bit to this beer from the get go. The finish has a mix of hops and alcohol that combine to give this beer a touch of astringent hotness; or more positively a bit of a raw, hoppy edge. This has just enough body to make it balance the agressive hop levels, yet not keep it from being quite drinkable.
This is definitely hitting the spot right now, I was certainly wishing for some hops tonight and this definitely is hitting the spot. This IPA is certainly big on hops; mostly it is smooth citrus notes, but there are also some more raw notes of pine and green hops.
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I got a growler from a friend that was just in Colorado Springs. Hazy copper beer with a resinous white head. The aroma came off English to me. Malt comes through well. Earthy hops. Some citrus as it warms. Lots of bakery flavors. Herbs, mushroom, dirty. Nice full round body. appropriate carbonations. Iím not a fan of English beer, but this on was pretty satisfying.
Moonlight77 (10) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I live in Colorado Springs where this is made and because of that Iíve it on tap and found to excellent. Creamy and full of hops.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle (Thanks to BeerandBlues2) poured a copper/amber color with a small off white head. Aromas of carmel malts and fruity hops. Taste had an aggressive mixed hop bitterness with a big malt presents. One of the few IPAís with as much malt as hops.
presario (4420) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First sample from a trade with BeerandBlues2. Fits in with the IPAs I had in Portland and those I brought back. Thick lacing spackled on the glass above a lasting white head. Beer is coloured an orange-amber. Interesting hop, malt and spice aroma. Creamy mouth feel. Good blend of hops and malt comes across nicely. One of a very few strongly hopped IPAs that seems to lean more toward the malt.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle provided by beerandblues2:
Poured into a Raftman tulip glass. Pours cloudy copper with a creamy tan head. Smells of citrus, yogurt, flowers, perfume and hay. Tastes malty and sweet with some citrussy undertones. Finshes of sweet oranges and malt. Mouthfeel is sugary.