hophead82 (4) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2008 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A fantastic brew from another quality Wisconsin microbrewery. This beer is a traditional English IPA with im guessing Fuggles and East Kent goldings as the bittering and aroma hops. This beer pours a deep amber with a slight golden hue to it. The taste is initially earthy, citrusy, and piney hops giving way to malt only to go right back down the rabbit hole to hops once again. The aroma is easily grassy, earthy, and pine hops with a small amount of what appears to be crystal malt lingering in the background. All around a fantastic version of a classic style.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 12 oz bottle via Mys Swap 3.0 (Thanks Monger!) Pours a hazy copper with an average sized chunky beige head. Nose is sweet and toffeish, not getting any hops and but am gerring notes like from a barleywine? Funky for an IPA! Tastes just like it smells, with some earthy hops in the finish, but damn this is the sweetest IPA i think i have had. Mouthfeel is syrupy. Carbonation is average. Body is full. Not a bad beer, but seems more like a Strong Ale or a weak Barleywine than an IPA....
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep clear copper with an off-white head. Barely detectable aroma - some earthiness and light caramel. Strong caramel/toffee backbone, woody and earthy with plenty of resinous bitterness. Full, round and chewy body with moderate carbonation.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper color with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel, pine needles, spices, and citrus. Taste is semi sweet with a strong resiny hop presence. Has a dry slightly bitter finish.
kyzr (1150) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to ogglethorp. Dark pour with off-brown head. Rather roasted smell, with citrus and hoppy notes. Flavor was grass, pine and grapefruit. Medium body with a good backbone of roasted malt. Finish was dry.
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(growler, thanks Schutzenliesel) Creamy beige head atop hazy dark copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, pine, light bubblegum. Taste is moderately sweet, pine, caramel, some grapefruit, raisin. Light astringency in the finish. Medium body with some resin, stickiness.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy dark amber body with a small off-white head. The nose is very sweet with caramel, toffee, raisins, pine and citrus. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter with a sickening amount of crystal malt, tons of ice tea, caramel, toffee, some roast, some pine and grapefruit. Medium body is round with light carbonation.
3fourths (7979) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Smells of toffee, honey, cookie dough and a small bit of super sweet oranges. Slick and thick texture, rich and resinous, with a smooth body throughout the drink, only a small roughness showing up in the finish. Itís basically consumed by this cookie dough and honey malt syrup flavor, which even though it doesnít belong in any IPA itís not that bad. The bitterness isnít aggressive at all, much more like that of stewed tea leaves (thank illinismitty for that, heís right).
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from my friend Brian. Pours a very dark murky amber with a thick off white head with yellow hues. Aroma of floral and citrus hops with some toffee malts. Medium bodied with a dry texture and lots of maltiness. Initial flavor of toffee and caramel (british like) that transitions to a moderate bitterness, that brings out some subtle sweet citrus. Finish is slightly earthy with a tea like bitterness. Not a bad IPA if you like a little extra malt.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep amber with a minimal white head that left some lacing. Aroma of dough with a touch of grass. Taste is peppery then more malty. Hops do not really shine through as in other IPAs. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. A decent English interpretation of the style but nothing to set it apart from the pack.