jackl (4292) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg @ COTU. The pour’s amber with a small head. Cantaloupe and lemon fruit salad nose. More dank, some underarm. A bit of caramel and donut. The taste is similar. Big assertive tropical fruits and PNW woody bitterness. Caramel, bread. Medium body, fine carbonation. Nice.
Braudog (5576) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2013
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft at the brewery. Another thin-looking amber offering. This carries a heavy metallic edge, like licking out a copper kettle. It does have a floral flourish, but is mashy instead of malty, missing some backbone. (#4924, 1/19/2013)
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on draft at the brewery. Pours a clear bronze color with a large creamy white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of herbal, resin, piney hops, pale malts. The taste is bitter herbal, resin, pine and citrus hops. Medium-full bodied. Lingering bitterness. Drinks like a DIPA.
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewery. Medium orange amber, clear, nice head. Aroma is a nice shot of hops - somewhat rough pine and pineapple citrus. Flavor is some nice biscuit malts, followed again by a shot of hops that matches the nose. Hop accented for sure, but enough malt backbone to keep things together. This is a big beer, definitely teetering on the border of, but not quite into, today’s world of IIPA’s. I really liked this one, this beer had some personality.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the source. Deep clear amber color, thin white edge head. Aroma of tropical fruit and grass. Taste starts malty, but decent bitterness and balance. This beer will apparently evolve into "Pocahopus."
radagast83 (4409) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewery - second day open. This was by far the best of the 4 offerings that they provided this weekend. Aroma was a nice solid pine one, with a bunch of needles in each inhale, light biscuit malt character to it. Flavor was fresh pine character with a moderately bitter character - nice malt balance to it. Alcohol isn’t necessarily present - but it starts to hit a bit at that point.
RABinCO (1139) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewery. Very piny, citrusy hop aroma. Taste is very hop-forward. Definitely a double IPA, not just a run of the mill IPA. Very fresh and balanced. Very drinkable.
Foxbush (1250) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2013 Draft This is new brewery in Ashland , VA or The Center of the Universe. This was opening night and the crowd was large and excited about a new brewery in Hanover County. There were 6 food trucks and plenty of tables. It was a cool evening and most people were inside. The beer was excellent. My first was their Pale Ale or Ray’s Ray. This is the IPA or The Richard. The aroma of pine or spruce hits your nose immediately. The medium body ale had a wonderful balance of bitterness and malts. The alcohol was higher than expected for their first batches but very deceptive. This will be a fun IPA to pick up in a growler and head out to the River.