kramer (5691) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark copper body with some light sediment floaties under a frothy one finger white head that slowly receded. Nice fresh piney and lightly citrusy aroma, with minimal interference from the malt. Quite bitter and biting up front, but unfortunately the malt bill can’t handle the IBUs enough to balance things out at all. Rather rough and brash at first, the middle to finish is rather lacking. There’s very little malt presence here, making it taste more like a hop tea than an IPA. Rather short moderately bitter finish. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side with moderate fizzy carbonation. OK I guess, but nothing to write home about.
JaBier (6412) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle shared by AleDude. Pours clear copper with a medium tan head. Smells a bit old (and I know it is) with some grainy sweetness, but it still has a good citrus and pine hop character. Flavor is still nice and bitter with citrusy and piney hops and a clean finish. Solid. One thing I will warn against is the yeast. My sample was a clear copper, but AleDude got the back half of the bottle and it was anything but clear. Pour carefully, kiddies.
BVery (9172) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle. Semi hazy orange pour. Small white head. Pine and citrus hop nose and taste, plus sweet malts. Solid, not spectacular.
ericyyz (18) - three bridges, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. copper/orange color with thin white head. definitely some floaties in there, suggesting this beer is unfiltered. always nice to get your B vitamins from your beer... not much hop aroma, but a whiff of pine with some sweet malt. taste is definitely a bit hoppier, mostly piney with some citrus as well. bitterness definitely stays on the palate long after swallowing. a pretty average ipa i would say. lacking in complexity but definitely drinkable.
thomson1 (9) - Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2009 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smelled delightful, but poured with a load of sentiment that eventually sat on the palate.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, pretty average amber color, but a lively slightly off-white head, great lacing. Aroma is fruity and citrusy over sweet malt. Flavor starts with aroma qualities, and builds with a slight bitterness building as some pine and spice liven things up a little. This is a really solid beer, but not a great IPA. it sort of falls short to the great IPAs, but is better than most APAs, in the opinion of this hophead. I would like to try this fresh on tap.
TheAlum (6812) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from my trip to Wisconsin for GTMW. Pours a golden amber, light and lively, well hazed, moderate bright white head that laces well, stays at a decent layer. Aromas are some citrusy hop appeal, piney resinous qualities, some malty caramel notes, flowers, a nice bitterness. Initial is medium bodied, a solid hoppy bitterness, of grapefruit, pine, and flowers, a good bitterness. Malty caramel, toffee, and pale malts strike a decent sweetness, do their best to balance. A bit bitter overall, but still quite quaffable and not an amazing display of hops. Quite drinkable, fairly well balanced. Citrusy, a good body for what it is.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a medium copper color with a big foamy white head. aroma is some light malt with some herbal hops. flavor is unlike any IPA I’ve sampled...unfortunately I don’t mean this in a good way. the hop bitterness of this brew is dull and muted. I love the CW BW’s, but this just did not do it for me.
beernbourbon (1478) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pour is dark cloudy orange with a smaller white head. Aroma is faint rotten pumpkin, pine hop, light malt, and light toffee. Flavor is a bit more watery than expected, lightly hoppy, light black pepper, light malt. Light lots of faint flavors. It’s extremely drinkable, it leaps into my belly. The flavor is more enjoyable with every sip, just a bit light.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from trade. Poured a light copper color with a big, fluffy white head which left huge chunks of lacing on the glassware. Aroma was mild citrus hop with some light pine and a decent backing of caramel malt. Flavor was a little tame for a West Coast hop head like myself, muted citrus and pine hops with a little too much malt. Not terrible, but not my favorite type of IPA.