Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up at Belmont Party Supply in Dayton, Ohio on a trip from IL back to NC. Awesome beer store. Lightly hazy amber pour with a 1-finger white head. Can smell aroma of piney hops from 2 feet away. Great balance of a deep caramel/sweet malt backbone and piney citrusy hops. Smooth finish, easy to drink a bomber to yourself. I want more!
Ron (2679) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle brought back from Ohio. Orange pour with large fluffy off-white head. Citrus hop and caramel aroma. Caramel malts balanced well with the hop bitterness in the taste. Good clean bitter and toast in the finish.
alexsdad06 (5863) - Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from notes. Pours a hazy deep amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor had floral hops, lightly toasted bready malts, caramel, orange citrus, hints of pine, grapefruit. Medium bodied. Better than I thought this would be as I may have found a pretty fresh bottle.
falco242 (291) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hate to say it but just not my cup of tea. Lots of malt and sweetness and just wasn’t looking for that. Not super toasted but a bitter finish. Ok overall.
RamyG4 (320) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to fatknitty. Pours a mostly clear copper-amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma is citrus, some tropical fruit, fruit-flavored candy, and some bready malt. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter, quite malty. Bitter finish. Nice, big, atypical IPA.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow... this beer had a freakishly active level of carbonation. It took a half hour to pour this beer before my wife and I were able to drink it. It looks slightly hazy, with a dark/medium pale orange color and an off-white, wickedly billowy head. The lacing is thick and frothy, and looks like it’s sticking to the glass with super glue.
The nose is clean and lightly hopped with somewhat fruity, with Cascade hops dominating. Gently. In the mouth, well, I’m actually feeling a little let down here. My wife thinks it’s skunky, but I think it’s just... odd. Cascade greets the tongue as it enters the mouth, followed closely behind by rich caramel malts. Its body feels just a little too full, and it makes that caramel feel very heavy on the palate. It’s good, don’t get me wrong, but where it seems odd to me is mostly in the finish, which is bitter - just lacking. There’s definitely a strong yeast character that seems to have stuck around. Most likely this excessive yeast was also to blame for the beer’s excessive carbonation.
Maybe a thinner body and higher alcohol would help... or maybe less caramel malts. Or maybe a different yeast strain. I’m not sure, exactly, where this is off, but it could go in a few directions for improvement. It’s definitely a heavy IPA. Good, but misses the mark.
TheHOFF43 (1758) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a nice copper, looks great. Drinkable but nothing distinguishable on this one. Solid but not special.
ACD (668) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber courtesy of pellegjr - cheers Joey my friend! Pours hazy amber/orange with billowing off-white head - huge huge head on this chap - plenty of thick lacing down the glass. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, yeast, and a big hit of caramel malt. Taste is very well balanced between the resinous pine and the sticky caramel malt, touches of citrus and yeasty spice in there too. This baby is carbed up to the nines, perhaps too much, but it doesnâ€™t detract from the solid flavour profile. Tasty residual pine resin and citrus bitterness lasts long into the aftertaste. This IPA is certainly on the richer, more malt forward end of the spectrum (which Iâ€™m rarely in the mood for these days) but this guy was very enjoyable indeed - great Cascade character.
lamas (1371) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle courtesy of agl108. Pours a murky rust color with tons of chunky floaties and a thick & fluffy beige head. Caramel, grapefruits, zesty citrus rinds, and plenty of spices in the aroma. Goes down medium-bodied and kinda doughy. Caramel, green apples, and raisin bread upfront taste-wise. A doughy, biscuity middle. Grapefruits, oranges, and citrus zest at the end. Plenty of spiciness and very nicely balanced the whole way through.
amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rusty brown with a very frothy tan head.
Aroma is piney and grassy, slightly sweet.
Bitter spicy palate.
Sort of a bottle bomb. It was very carbonated. Something the brewery did perhaps?
superspak (2821) - Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color witha nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of apple, grapefruit, orange rind, caramel, floral, grass, and herbal spiciness. Ok aromas, but they aren’t very hoppy for an IPA; kind of weak as well. Taste of grapefruit, pine, caramel, toast, orange rind, floral, grass, bread, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, pine, bread, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance of flavors; good bitterness/sweetness balance as well. No cloying flavors at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good IPA. Good flavor balance; very smooth and crisp to drink. Enjoyable stuff for sure.