joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
received this in big trade with russpowell, thanks again Russ! Bristol’s Edge City pours a polished copper with good clarity. Few carbonation bubbles present that head slowly to the surface. A big billowy three finger ivory head formed on the pour and left big chunky lace on its way down the glass and finally settling to a healthy fingers worth of dense cragginess. This is an excellent looking IPA.
A big lush caramel and toasty maltiness is the first thing to hit the nose and forms an excellent base for this IPA. The maltiness quickly drops back and a solid hopping comes forth to steal the show. The hops consist of a good deal of fruitiness including ripe orange, bitter grapefruit, and a touch of apricot all in that order of intensity. There’s even a mint-like hop character that when added to the clean alcohol fumes really brings out all the hoppiness. I like the aroma of this beer more and more as I continue to smell.
A blast of sweet caramel right up front quickly transitions into a mild toasted maltiness. The hops, again, are the showcase of this beer and have a great depth. Orange and bitter grapefruit dominate but there are hints of pine, mint, and apricot on the finish. The low level clean alcohol fumes make the hops more pronounced on this beer which is exactly what I like to see.
The mouthfeel is moderate but moves through the mouth at a quick pace thanks to the ample carbonation. The carbonation keeps this beer moving without being too aggressive. Finishes a bit dry which accentuates the hops even more.
I could easily sit back and polish off a couple of these in a night. Edge City goes down extremely easily and is a treat on a warm day like today.
This is a damn fine IPA from Bristol Brewing. I’d like to get my hands on a couple more of these and if it was local would be a mainstay in my fridge.
3fourths (8795) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle pours unfiltered soft peach in color with a full, foamy white head. Instant nose of citrus juice: mandarin oranges, pineapple, mango, lemon juice, etc. Bitterness is medium to heavy, flavor is more catty than the nose, unexpected with the c-note hops, but still has a lot of juiciness, some sweetness, turning to some dry pine wood in the finish. Tasty.
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at brewery. On nitro. One thing nitro does to a nice, hoppy IPA is to smooth out that raspy finish. At first sip, I wished that this was on CO2 instead. But by the end, it was going down smoothly and I somewhat appreciated that. Long-lasting, off-white head. Bubbly medium amber body. The aroma was full of flowers, grapefruit, apricot, citrus with some notes of caramel and hints of apricot and peach. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. The finish is moderately bitter, but only lightly sweet. Medium body with a smooth as silk texture from the nitro. Hopped up carbonation, or is it nitration?
dchmela (2887) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle courtesy BeerandBlues2. Slightly cloudy copper pour with a thin white head. Huge floral citrus pine aroma. Chewy, malty, grassy citrus hop taste. Could have used a bigger malt presence, a little thin. Tasty nonetheless.
lb4lb (2580) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice light cloudy amber with a big whitish head. Smell is fruity and nice, but a bit mild. Taste is crisp and hoppy with a nice balance but a bit of a hoppy lingering bitterness and light sweet maltiness. Overall pretty solid IPA. much more enjoyable than their DIPA that I had a while back. Good beer.
GarrettB (1279) - 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 Henckel’s knife tradition, one IPA is inferior to two (in Henckel’s cutlery, "one man" on the logo means a cheaper knife, compared to the more luxuruous "two man" Henckels.) Bristol’s Edge City IPA inflates with a thick pillowy head, the foam a wood-shaving tan, with a jacuzzi’s 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. There’s 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 isn’t gross out about.
DietPepsican (1560) - @ $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 (3087) - 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 (5075) - 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.