demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a gold/orange with little to no head. Aroma is of hops with slight citrus and a little spice. Finishes nice and crisp. Very quaffable. Not over the top like so many IPA’s out there.
donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. pours golden with not too much head. great earthy and cirtusy hop smell. medium body and nice dry hoppy finish as well. a good ipa, worth having but not over the top noticable.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 12 oz. bottle with a notched best before date along the right side of label, June/2007, also what appears to be a coded freshness date/lot number on the shoulder of bottle.
Poured a clear bright amber with a small foamy head that settled into a fine, slightly sudsy lacing.
Aromas of toasted grains, bready and citric, minty hops.
Medium carbonation and a crisp, dryish, smooth medium bodied mouthfeel.
Tastes of toasted grains, bready, a light citrus fruitiness, mint tea-like hops that have a soft, but lingering bitterness, a little earthiness as well, and a dry grainy, earthy, leafy, hoppy finish.
Not a bad English IPA, smooth, quaffable drinkability, I’m glad this is finally available in Illinois.
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden, OK head. The aroma has notes of hops and malt. The flavour is full, round and malty with a long finish, where both malt, hops and a bit of floral notes have a go, but it’s a bit too monotonous in it’s sharp citrus acidity.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber-gold, with a small loose head. The aroma is all IPA, with a lot of citrus and resin. A bit of a strange malty flaver is present under the hop bite. The body is a bit too light to have that much malt.
EithCubes (5188) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hoppy nose, grapefruit and citrus, but on the whole, more floral. Pale orange body with a large creamy beige head. Bready bittersweet taste, but (this bottle, at least) could use a lot more bitterness. Thin but nice and malty. Lightly dryish, floral finish.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 23, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
slight hop aroma and some malt. Pours a golden brown, thin head. Too heavy on the malt, slants towards the sweet, and is underhopped. Poor balance, resulting in an unsatisfying finish.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Mad Mex: Hazy copper color with a white head. Aroma of citrus, and some peaty notes. Flavor, grassy citrusy hops, some pale malts. Decent brew.
mnurda (1180) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber. Nicely carbonated. Bit maltier than most. Nice to try an IPA from the author of the Brewmaster’s table.
piscator34 (2046) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber in colour with medium carbonation. Balanced aromas of smooth English malts, stone fruit, and some grassy hops. Flavors are weighted to the maltier side of things, along with some more subtle licorice and berry fruit notes. A touch of resin on the finish and some firm (but not overwhelming) bitterness. Medium bitterness. The fruit flavors are probably more in line with the British take on the style, and while I usually prefer the unrelenting hop attack of PNW IPAs, this is a nice change of pace. Thanks to presario for the sample.