chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2009 Subtle, inscrutable. The balance between the malt, hops, pine, carmel, and zesty citrus flavors is impressive. No slegehammer, but dry. Crisp yet somehow a funky grass note. Medium body and carbonation, accessible ale. A faint sneaky pair fruit note. Fitting name.
hopscotch (9037) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Lightly hazed orange ale with a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Lengthy, creamy retention. The aroma is a churning eddy of malty aromas... brown sugar, caramel, praline and toffee with some type of mystery fruit working its way into the mix. Full-bodied with a chewy mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. The sturdy malt backbone (and there is certainly one provided here) is needed to even attempt to balance-out the acrid and bitter plethora of hops thrown into the boil. Finishes bitter and then dry. A malt head’s IPA! World class, under appreciated brew! Kudos to pepsican for shipping this liquid happiness to me!
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours clear dark golden with bronze highlights. Off-white head with sweeter fruit aroma. Flavored with pine and citrus with some sweet and semi-sweet notes.
Ughsmash (7121) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Poured medium orange with a short-lived off-white head and lots of particles suspended in there. The aroma picked up sweet grapefruit and redder fruits with caramel and toffee backing.. soft and nicely balanced. The flavor was sweeter with plums and grapefruit represented.. moderate pine and citric bitterness around.. lots of sweetness overall with only somewhat complementary bitterness. Grainy and medium-bodied on the palate with OK balance.. quite bitter right at the end in a raw, unfocused way.. just OK.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent dark golden bronze with a clingy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of fresh resiny citrusy grapefruity hops and a touch of sweet toasty caramel malt. Body starts with about average fullness and some mild sweetness, quickly drying out before a grainy toasty malt bittersweet finish. Could use a little more sweetness for balance but has a nice hop profile.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Pours a deep caramel amber with a large beige head and some lacing. Aroma is medium sweet malt with some grapefruit, cherry and pine. The flavor is much more subdued but does show some caramel and NW American hops. A little on the malty side for the style but does have wonderful balance overall as a beer. Lively carbonation, sticky texture. Finishes somewhat short and bitter.
GJF (1241) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad IPA. Plenty of malt and a nice hoppy finish. Straightforward, but well done.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
After making a great British-style IPA (Lac du Bay), Central Waters now tries its hand at an American version. I wish it were as good. as the British-style version...
<P>Pours a deep caramel red-orange with a slight haze. Poofy white head forms on pour, quickly settling down to a thinnish layer that leaves nice bits of lace on the inside of the glass. Aroma is sharply citrusy, piney and floral with sweet malt up there too. The flavor was disappointingly subdued compared to what the aroma hinted at. it did not reveal nearly so much of the citrus and floral characteristics that were found on the nose, instead leaving mostly the piney, bitter aspects. But at least this beer is not a complete bitter hop cluster-bomb like so many ham-fisted American-style IPAs, and that just may be its saving grace. It’s somewhere between the citrusy perfection of something like, say, DFH’s 60-Minute IPA and the awful dish-soap-bitter abominations like so many clumsy American IPAs. Medium body with a slightly sticky palate. Not outstanding, but still pretty drinkable.
pepsican (1444) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper pour with a medium sized white head. Grapefruit hop aroma. flavor is biscuit, grapefruit and a bit of floral hops, and a caramel malt background. Finishes slightly bitter, easy drinking. Thanks cole!
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Poured a slightly hazy dark orange color. Smelled of citrus fruits (9mostly grapefruit if I had to nail it down) with hints of caramel and graham cracker. Dry with mild to moderate hop bitterness of about 4 out of 10. Sprucy hops and biscuity malt flavors emerged. So so.