vyvvy (4535) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour golden / copper with a good sized soapy off-white head. The aroma has pine, grapefruit zest, mushy caramel malt and some orange. It has a medium body with a bit of a rough grainy feel and minor carbonation. The flavor starts with dry bready malt, dry caramel, earth, pine, wood and just a lot of rough hop bitterness. The finish has a lot of earth, dry grapefruit and resin. Good IPA, but the hop flavors are heavy on the the abrasive side with not a lot of distinct flavors popping out.
Patrickctenchi (4514) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nearly clear, bubbly amber, with a short, off-white head.
Orange peel.........a little pine aroma.
Taste is moderate bitter orange peel, caramel malt, tea leaves...wood.
Very dry,...white pepper notes.
Ok, but just a plodding, dull bitter throughout.
wlajwl (4318) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is yeast, citrus and very light pine. The flavor is citrus, light grapefruit, slightly soapy in texture, malts and a dry/lightly bitter finish. Decent enough but, as expected, Capital’s German style offerings are their best.
bytemesis (4101) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear orange, medium off white head, great lacing. Aroma is pine, caramel, citrus. Flavor is the same, light sweet, light bitter. Not great, but not terrible. Medium body, metallic finish.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden amber with a frothy white slowly fading topper. Aroma is a floral citrus mix with caramel and grains. Taste is sweet with citrus, caramel and middle-of-the-road malt. Zippy finish with average bitterness.
Nuffield (3754) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yellow. Somewhat floral aroma, and a flavor that offers some curious notes later, including some citrus but also some spices, like juniper and light licorice. A little astringent as it went on. Not noticeable in the flavor, but the 6.2% was apparent in the effect it had. Slightly richer, more oily body, than expected. O.k. but perhaps a bit flawed. Bottle.
kaser (3662) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy orange pour at grape escape in galena. Spicy aroma. Dank floral and apricot notes. Not very good. Will get it down the hatch though
HonkeyBra (3643) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a darkish dingy orangish amber with a small white head. Aroma of toasted malt, citrus, pine, and lemon. Notes of cereal grains, mild caramel, iced tea. Flavor is moderately bitter initially with some caramel sweetness and burnt sugar notes. Bitterness intensifies as you drink but it is more of a nondescript generic bitterness rather than a flavorful hop bitterness. Medium bodied, very average carbonation. Finish is abrupt and bitter. This is average.
Frank (3224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I did not think an IPA from Capital was worth getting excited about and it turns out I was right. This is a pretty nice orange color w/ a soapy head and lots of lace. Nose is mild hops, mostly pine and floral. Taste is really along those same lines. It is perhaps slightly sweet w/ a rather nondescript hoppiness that works as far as balance but really doesn’t impress. It finishes w/ a touch of iced tea astringent character and some lingering sweetness. This seems to be a well-brewed beer w/ no real off flavors or anything like that but it doesn’t have the vibrant hop character I look for in the style. I enjoy many of Capital’s beers but think I will be sticking w/ the lagers for the most part as far as ones that I will try more than once.
Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle
A pickup over the Great Taste of the Midwest this was consumed as soon as possible to enjoy a solid Wisconsin IPA. It’s not the biggest or boldest example of the style. That said it was worth the $1.99. This falls easily into the "nice to have a six pack around" category.
Aroma / Appearance - A caramel bronze base sits in the glass lazily. Starchy white head is the color of bleached laundry. Earthy grass, warm hops, and a pleasant malt bill balance against each other. This is hoppy without being an IPA bomb and almost feels like more of an English style IPA.
Flavor / Palate - Tree bark, resin, and the bitterness of muddy hops slide gracefully over the tongue. The transition is like licking a basket of pine cones that have dried by a fireplace. Malt driven flavors sweep into a finish that reminds me of an English pale ale. For that reason it might keep better than some hop bombs but I still would not sit on it.