argo0 (11123) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
First had this beer 20 years ago, and then it vanished from the area. Funny to see it back after all this time.
12oz bottle. Small off-white head, lightly hazy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bread/caramel, some grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some pine, light bread. Medium body, light resin.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle that cost about $1.75. Bright orange yellow color with good head and good lace, fits the style. Smells like a touch of citrus hops and not much else. Taste is bitter, citrus, hoppy, solid IPA but just doesnít wow me when compared to everything out there these days.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-18-2011 20:27:48
matt7215 (2080) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle from wegmans niagara falls. deep orange with a small off white head. cara malt nose with some c hop resin. flavour is balanced between the malt and hops, 2 note, little complexity or progression. a whack of late hop bitterness. fine.
BeerSquare (115) - - NOV 2, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very middling IPA to me.
Agree with many of the other comments about poor balance between flavors-- itís not that I donít like the citrusy hop notes or the very sweet sugary flavors that compete, but they donít go well together.
Itís ok. Iíd rather drink it than some of the pseudo IPAs out there that taste like pilsners. But thereís too much flavor going on for it to be this uninteresting.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Reviewed 8/31. 12 oz bottle poured into a beer mug.
A: Pours a very hazy tawny color. This is quite hazy, even for an IPA. Lots of head on this one, a three finger offwhire color that leaves plenty of thick lacing on the glass.
S: Citrus - and not just the typical mango and grapefruit rind, but out and out oranges. For better or worse, the most orange-y IPA Iíve ever inhaled. Strong notes of honey betray its potential sweetness level, as well.
T: Very sweet, almost like candy. Hints of citrus pop up on the finish, but this is almost totally dominated by honey and sugar. The hops only provide a generic finishing bitterness, one that fails completely to balance the sweetness.
M: Sticky, syrupy, heavy, basically all the traits I donít want in an IPA. This is very hard to imbibe; again, I need more in the way of hops and dryness. Only thing I like here is the mild carbonation.
O: This would be too sweet even for a regular amber ale, so as it stands, itís downright cloying by IPA standards. Add in its low drinkability, and thereís little reason to buy this over many far superior IPAs on the market.
fidelis83 (1739) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a light orange-brown with a 2 finger, fluffy, off white head, that has good retention and leaves some streaky lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, light caramel, dusty fruit, cardboard, floral and light citrus hops. Flavor is stale caramel, cooked grapefruit, sweet citrus, odd vegetal notes, an odd citric acid-like tartness, old dry hay and a bit of spice. Palate is light to medium body starting out with an oily feel, immediately thinning out to be fairly light and dry with a light, but blanketing and quite sharp carbonation. Meh.
SpringsLicker (2941) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The bottle opened with a Pop! and then poured a solid white head that eventually settled into a dark yellow body.
Strange phenolics in the aroma. Some lacquer thinner.
The flavor is lightly bitter with a sweet finish.
i wouldnít drink this one again.
mjg74 (2428) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Cost Plus World Market. Fairly dry hoppy nose. Fairly well hopped with a sort of a dry spiciness. Finish is pretty bitter. Fairly one dimensional IPA, but still pretty tasty.
BucannonXC5 (666) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Sept. 7, 2012 (purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Grossmont (San Diego, Calif.) for a solo price of $1.99 on Sept. 6, 2012). About 1-2 fingers of head. Poured a honey, caramel with white head. Above average retention on the sides, average on the top.
Smelled sharp whiff up front of a mix of hops. Got citrus hops - grapefruit, nectarine - and a bit of floral hops. Liked the nose a lot. Gave it a gracious 4.5.
Taste wasnít as good as the nose. It really just didnít come together. Got those citrus hops, but harder to tell which kind. Probably grapefruit. Very bitter. Not too appealing.
Light-to-medium body. Oily, creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. Got better as it went along.
This beer definitely grew on me and Iíd try it again.
notalush (4464) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A lot has changed since this was considered the most bitter beer in america - Iíve had much more bitter beers - however, what has not changed is the validity of many of the criticisms that have been lodged against this beer in the past - while it may not be as bitter as other beers, bitter is all it is, without much in the way of malt character or any other complexity to contrast - even the hop flavor itself is a bit abrasive - one dimensional and tough to enjoy.