GarrettB (899) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2012 I absolutely adore the Bristol Edge City Double IPA, and so had high hopes for the single version. But I guess that in a tribute to the Henckelís knife tradition, one IPA is inferior to two (in Henckelís cutlery, "one man" on the logo means a cheaper knife, compared to the more luxuruous "two man" Henckels.) Bristolís Edge City IPA inflates with a thick pillowy head, the foam a wood-shaving tan, with a jacuzziís worth of bubbles stirring in the bright orange and brown body. Later the head recedes into a wrinkled, condensed blotch that floats peacefully in the center of the glass like a hermit. A spritz of lemon greets the nose soon after the pour, with a hoppiness that can be found in almost any American IPA - generic in every sense of the word. Even worse, the taste is bland, with the hoppiness lending a biting rusting flavor, and all the other tastes feel watered down. Thereís some sweetness from the hops, namely an orange pith, but the balancing is all wrong. Go with the Double.
March 29th, 2011 - Tasting notes update. Note, this is now called Compass IPA, but used to be called Edge City IPA. Light, slightly sweet aroma. Touches of flowers and light hint of hops and rust. Sightly creamy in the nose, too. Way hoppier and drier in the beginning and mid-taste. Settles down and emphasizes more of the malty grains and a milder, less bitter but still hoppy mid-taste. Aftertaste is long, mild but satisfying, leaving an outline that is distinctively hoppy, but isnít gross out about.
pepsican (1417) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUL 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
So, my girlfriend is in the middle of cleaning and I see her walking around with a beer and she popped this without telling me. What a jerk. I had a sip to rate it, thanks santa! Pours cloudy amber with a small white head. Caramel, toffee, candy sugar, and hop aroma. Flavor was orange citrus and marmalade, caramel malts, plum, and a slight medicinal bandaid thing. Finishes bitter.
drjay44 (2449) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice nose, good color, pleasant mouthfeel, good finish. Typical of the style.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle an extra in a trade. Pours a dark amber body with 2 finger off white head. Aroma is sweet honey pine, soft hoppy floral aroma. Flavor is sweet pine honey but a good malt backbone that i’m digging as hoppy as it is. This works and the etoh isn’t overbearing, a good citrus fruit flavor as well. Solid beer easy drinking. A perfect session ipa, i really like it.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2009 Bomber. Pours a slight chill hazy copper with a nice head that lasts a while. Aroma is sharp citrusy with pine notes, and some light doughy cracker malts. Pine and orange peel-type hops, almost a harsh resinous character in the flavor but has a crisp pleasant bitterness at first- gets a bit tacky as you drink more but nice.
uhclem (354) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. Hazy orange-peach pour. thick off-white head and good lacing. Nose is pine and fruity/spicy, but nicely muted. There is an undertone of mustiness. Taste carries in the fruit and spice. Medium mouthfeel. Aftertaste is pleasant and lingers.
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nipe IPA, lighter than the typical US version though. Clean, almost honey color. Tell-tale piny hops. Light floral. Clean palate, tasty and refreshing.
after4ever (5861) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22. Pours crystal clear coppery medium amber with towering, thick, massively surging, fluffy white head and thick sheets of lace coming down the glass as it settles. Easily a 5:1 fluff:beer ratio on first pour. Piney hops, crackers, a little bit of staleness due to diacetyl. Medium body, moderate carb. Biscuit, oranges, and a brief flash of resin near the end comprise the mid-palate. Mild resin and orange pith finish. Decent.
waolsen (1335) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle. murky copper pour iwth spotty head. lacing. ciitrus and caramel aroma. wet cardboard w/earthy funk. hops are disappointingly weak. flavor is quick and leaves you wondering what just happened. not thin but flat flavor. dry finish. Didnít even finish the bottle.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle on 3/25/08. Massive, sturdy, light beige head over an orange/gold body. I donít recall ever having seen a head this size in an IPA, yet it is certainly not overcarboonated at all. The lace is excellent. Fresh hoppy aroma with alot of pine and citrus, and a light toffee characer in the background.
Medium body and carbonation, slightly resinous, yet only a soft dryness. ight caramel flavors last well into the finish, which is not very bitter at all, but is not sweet either. A pine/spruce type of flavor lingers on the palate. Not an verly assertive IPA, but has nice balance and drinkability.