maekchu (2300) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Malt, toffee, dirty piney hop nose, with a touch of molasses. Light brown and pored out with huge fluffy head. Balanced initial / malt heavy mid palate, with dark sweetish caramel / mild, balanced finish. Medium body. A sweet sort of IPA; not bland, but not the most flavorful one on the block, either.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
In short: A mess of a IPA. Bad.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed probably fresh, one month after purchase in a PA store.
The look: Cloudy orange-amber body topped by a medium white head leaving lots lof lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is very dank hops, overripe fruits, wet moldy stuff. The beer smells hoppy for sure but really not my type of hop aroma. Taste grainy malts, moldy bread, rotting fruits, strong yeast presence, strong hops spiciness, orange peels, residual sugars, soapy notes, eeird bitterness. There was so many things wrong with this IPA I cannot even say what bothered me about it, the whole thing bothered me. A tasty but very awkward beer. I’m puzzled by Caldera, this brewery is capable of the best and the worst. I’m never having this shitty beer again, as the old proverb says: Hoppotunity Knocks only once.
Dodgrblu (631) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Capitol Beer and Taproom, medium disappearing head, Reads more amber sweetness than hoppy bitterness. Very drinkable but not sure it should join the ranks of 100s of beer w/ "hop" in the name.
Fatehunter (1405) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice finger of off-white head on a medium straw colored body.
A solid pine and lemon aroma.
The taste leads with a malt smoothness then quickly hits with a big dose of bitterness. Finishes with a touch of sweetness. Good balance with a bit of complexity.
Smooth texture for an IPA, moderate carbonation and medium bitterness.
A good IPA. Well worth grabbing a couple.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Orange pour with a fluffy off white head. Aroma is spicy, fruity, a bit yeast. Pineapple and tropical fruits. Flavor is surprisingly fruity. Like pineapple juice almost. Sweet but with a good bitter bite. Good beer.
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Windy City. Deep golden amber in color. Nose is sweet and fairly hoppy. Flavor is dry and hopped up front. Spiced dry tasting hop character. Bitter grapefruit finishes this beer up. Pretty easy drinking, with a dry bitter approach.
JoeMcPhee (8622) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber pour with a bit of a light white head. The nose is a bit caramelly and a touch of herbal spiciness. A little bit fruity and hoppy with a touch of iced tea. Some pine and a bit of spiciness. Pretty nice.
robforbes (2074) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a clearer with a medium size creamy light tan head, and great lacing.
smell is of malt, caramel, and a touch of hops.
taste is bitter up front, a little tin, hops, dry leaves, malt in the back, caramel, and a touch of pine. ends on the dry side.
decaturstevo (5215) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost copper pour with white head and lace. Aroma of citrus hops and light malt. Sweet malt with a pretty nice growing bitter. A fruity like light flavor. Bitter continues to grow to a pretty nice one. Medium body with smooth carbonation.
blutt59 (6036) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottled, dark amber colored with soapy white foam, buttery bitter caramel flavor with a bready light hop finish