FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2010 No bottle date; Sampled May 2009
A solid pour produces a fat two-finger thick, light tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet glass. The beer is a dark amber, really plum color that shows hazy, light cherry color when held up to the light. The aroma is crystal malt dominated with stick caramelized malt sugars, a biscuit-like toastiness and even a bit of sweet tea aromas coming through. A touch of grassy, slightly herbal hop character is noticeable in the finish, but you really have to dig around to notice it underneath the heavy crystal malt notes. The nose on this beer has a nice, chewy malt character to it, but the hop character is just lame and a huge let down for a mild Pale Ale, much less an IPA.
A bit fizzy as it hits the tongue, the beer is not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests. The beer has a herbal, sometimes menthol like hop note that lightly flavors the beer and there is a bitterness in the finish that is somewhat consumed by the up front malt character during most of the flavor profile, but it does come out a bit more in the lingering, dry finish. Crystal malt derived flavor dominate in the second sip with sweet tea flavors, dry but caramelized malt notes, and a solid biscuit like malt toasted note. The beer has a medium fullness to it that is a bit heavier and chewier than I like in an IPA
Definitely a huge let down, this is a perfect example of a mildly hoppy Amber Ale, but I was really hoping for an IPA. There are not off flavors it is just too focused on crystal malt derived flavors.
ElGaucho (2189) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Citrusy floral hop aroma. Canít really tell the color because Iím drinking it out of a styrofoam cup and because the yellowish, off-white head is pillowy enough that you canít see through it. Flavor is very well balanced, with a solid sweetness offset by a very solid hop backbone. This brew is grossly underrated.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pretty typical caramelly, citrusy IPA. Tasty & well-done though. Nothing wrong with that.
islay (1057) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle, labeled as "Glacial Trail IPA." Strong, fruity, yeasty, herbal/vegetal aroma that is very pleasant. Apricot, pine, and peach scents that remind me of pie filling. Clean smell from the yeast. Complex and appetizing aroma. Pours a bright light orange to copper color. Cloudy liquid. Effervescent. A good amount of suspended particulate. Moderate amount of thick, off-white head. Good lacing. The taste is more bitter and less flavorful than the aroma would imply. Cookie maltiness. Long, bitter, dirt-like aftertaste. Light to medium body. Soft and silky in the palate. Light and airy. Easy to drink.
WisconsinBeer (704) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a mildly hazy deep orange, with a minimal head. Holy fucking sediment, there are large black chunks floating around in my beer. Seriously, what the fuck is floating in my beer? This isnít the usual small sediment, these are huge dirt like black chunks. Anyway. Flavor is well balanced with a sweet thick malt base followed by mellow hop presence. Thick and chewy on the palate, not a bad IPA at all.
eaglefan538 (2850) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 23, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the generous, Bockyhorsey! Pour was full orangey to just short of copper, huge-mongo head that started with a gusher when opening the bottle (a gusher, infection fears). The aroma was caramel malts, tea bags, some light floral notes. The flavor followed the aroma, tea bags, caramel, and some spicey malts. Mouthfeel was firm malty with a bitter punch in the finish, but the hops werenít big enough to impress. Another big thanks to Bill for scoring me another brew!
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to msante79
Opaque orange with a thin white head. Sweet nose with a lot of caramel, some grapefruit and citrus. Flavor is similarly sweet but very juicy with heavy citrus and fruit, lots of malt to balance out any bitterness. Not incredibly complex or hop heavy, but enjoyable.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Bockyhorsey - Pours a hazy amber color with some small floaties and a half finger thick off white head. Very light lacing. Has a sweet pineapple aroma. Flavor is sweet and floral. Palate is a little thin and just a tad bit dry. Light to medium body. A nice IPA. Thanks Bill and Wendy.
SHANER4 (467) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2009
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
12 oz. bottle - Poured copper color with small head.
Aroma - light hops and grains.
Flavot - Not good....just bad!!
Palate - thin mouthfeel with little carbonation. Finish is BLAHHH
Overall - I may have had a bad bottle, but the one I did have is rank!! DRAIN POUR !!
Haslinger (863) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solid amber pour with a nice frothy head. Good flowery hoppy aroma. Real solid aftertaste/ Kind of piney but balanced and tasty. Real good