kepano (245) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2008 Between sips of America’s Hall of Fame, I had to give my local brewers some palate-time. Enter Bristol’s Edge City series, an appreciated project riding shotgun to some of my standby local brews (I’d tip my hat to the Winter Warlock any day). This IPA pours an attractive Charentais melon hue, deeply translucid, like stained glass and topped of a nice white froth. Hops are obviously at the forefront, juicy and fruity – distinctly American. Grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine and hints of pine share the stage. Caramel and acacia honey lend offsetting malts. Hints of cedar, plum and lemon custard round the complexity of this jubilant nose. The flavor, surprisingly, is quite mild. A soft echo of honey constitutes the primary focus with subtle tonalities ringing erratically. Initial accents of spruce needles and cedar bark transition to a biscuity, burnt apricot mid-palate and finish with peach and pineapple. A sugary aspect competes with a hint of cheesy (Gouda-like) hop, but the excitement remains in this brew’s aroma. "Nice" is such an insipid adjective, but unfortunately Bristol’s Edge City IPA is just that: a nice beer. Not particularly exciting but eminently drinkable, with a tasty hop profile and a mild but genuine bitterness. (19/03/2007)
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A yeasty IPA. Well hopped but seriously lacking on the malt front
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed 2 months after receiving it from BeerandBlues2 (thanks a lot Brad!). Shared at a tasting session with Montreal crew
The look: Cloudy orange body with a small white head.
In long: Fluffy body with a strong yeast presence. Decent hop profile with flavours of orange peels, citrus skin and citric notes. Medium bitterness. All that is good but that beer has as much malts as I have class, and man was I proud of that big smelly fart that I let go at that tasting session. Funny stuff.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy orange pour with a thin white head. The aroma has strong grapefruit, the tell tale sign of C-hops. The flavor consisits of the grapefruity C-hops with dryness and bitterness. The body is light with moderate carbonation. It lacks a robust malt back-bone.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Citrusy hoppiness morphs into a wooden, leafy bitterness in this relatively yeasty and straightforward American IPA example.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the murky beige.
-The end bitterness is raw and biting.
-The malt profile is not enticing enough to create interest and its lean body is barely sturdy enough to support the blatant hopping.
-The fruity hop profile is interesting, spanning from grapefruit juice to orange zest, but the last half of the sip is not as satisfying as the first.
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
An drop in the sea of American IPAs.
Sedimented golden. Nice foam. Tropical notions. Bready pale malts, not too much crystals.
Atrocious label. Strong citric bitterness blend with yeastiness. Simplicity. Rough edges.
bleeng (1474) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 On tap at the brewery 11/27/07. Dark cloudy gold pour with no head. Nose is killed by the very cold temperature. Strong bittering taste that is very fresh with a smooth mouth. Not overly hoppy but easy drinking. Very nice IPA.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from BeerandBlues2 - thanks Brad! Clear amber with a white head. Dense grapefruit nose, some orange and floral notes. Brisk grapefruit zest flavors followed by a malty cookie flavors. Some mild apricot and earth show through as it warms a bit. Excellent foamy white lacing. Crisp, clean citrus finish, mildly dry. Good stuff!
jrob21 (2351) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Word to beerandblues for sending this one. Definite c hop presence with grapefruit and citrus dominating the flavor. Pours a slightly thich but bright orange color with a big frothy white head. Big citrus and pine aroma. This could be passed off as a double it has such big flavor and aromas. Slight sweetness and nice malt to balance out all those hops. Very enjoyable if you are a hop head.
RSRIZZO (1847) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had this beer on 11/9/2004. Aroma is full of a fresh hop scent. Color is a deep hazy golden with very good carbonation and a nice head. Taste is smooth, hoppy and bitter. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a smooth feel and a hoppy flavor coming on. Finish comes on with a rich feel but a mild malt flavor and a bold hop flavor that turns to a strong bitterness. This is as close to a perfect IPA as I can remember ever having. It’s full of flavor at all points and yet is never overpowering.
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper color with quick dying foam that has never heard of lacing. Lite hop aroma with lots of crystal malt notes. Fairly balanced flavor, not very hoppy for an IPA.