Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Amber color with a pillowy white head. Good head retention and decent lacing.
Aroma: Nice pine hop nose with notes of citrus, grass, and herbs as well.
Flavor: Hop forward as it should be. Lots of pine, resin, citrus, and a touch of earthiness. Some citric sweetness on the malt side.
Palate: Medium carbonation with a medium mouthfeel and a long, bitter finish.
Overall: Not a bad IPA! This one won’t blow you away, but it is certainly a respectable, sessionable beer.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sample at the brewpub. Pours a clear amber color with a large head, decent head retention and very nice lacing. Big resiny aroma with some herbal and nutty notes. Taste is resin and citrus hops, and green apple. Medium bodied.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy orange hue, no head. Nose is citrus and piney hops on the west coast spectrum. Flavor is strong hop-malt balance, finishes with modest bitterness and light fruits. Medium-bodied, a nicely bitter IPA with strong malt balance, bitter and quaffable.
lb4lb (2570) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler courtesy of ROBORB. Thanks! Pours clear amber with light white head. Smell is yeasty, herbal and dank hops. Taste is clean, herbal, earthy, grassy and hoppy. crisp bitterness. medium/thin body and light c02. decent IPA.
chandler0201 (648) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden pour with thin and quickly dissipating white head. Citrus and bitter notes in the flavor, but a bit watery.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ brewery. Pours a golden color with a thin broken white head. Light earthy hops on the aroma, some wet grains also. Taste follows suit, but the weak malt backbone is more apparent. Pretty weak.
Butters (3938) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draft at the brewery. Orange pour with some head. Some floral hop on the aroma. More bitter than flavoring hops I’d say. Very average. Almost like a homebrew. But this was definitely the best thing they had on draft.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Cat’s Cradle... great accompaniment to a Superchunk show. Old school. Pours amber orange with thin foamy white head. Hoppier than I remember. Nice citrus, but a bit skunky as well, and backed with a bit of malt. Slick mouthfeel. Solid.
roborb (66) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, this beer poured a nice copper color with a 1 finger head. The smell was not overpowering but there were faint aromas of citrus, hops and malt. The hop profile is not overly drying and I found myself ordering it again and again. This was a very easy to drink IPA. Get it on tap if you can find it.
GT2 (9165) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Pours a clear nut brown with a small tan cap. Weak aromas of grapefruit, roasted nuts, biscuity malt. Taste is full of hazelnut and Brazil nut with powerful bittering hops. Pretty full body overall with a nice buttery finish. Wish there was more balancing hops rather than just dry hopping with Cascade.