ChainGangGuy (4505) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark amber body with a foamy, off-white head.
Smell: Cinnamon sticks and sugar blended into a scent of grainy malts with a faroff hint of lemon.
Taste: A flavor of toasted grains, but with no real sweetness present. Instead, you’re treated to a fresh spice component tasting of cinnamon and maybe even nutmeg. Again, there’s those grains. Medium-high bitterness. Neutrally flavored finish that just sorta ends.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Okay, at best. Those IPA just didn’t do for me one bit.
unclemattie (4356) - Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Deep amber color. Nice hop aroma. Aged well. Very good carbonation.
sunevdj (3461) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a hazy prown with a yellowish tanned head. Sweet and quite bitter with aromas of caramel and malts. Mellow hoppiness with a bit of floral aromas. Medium bodied. Strong sugary and somewhat bitter finish.
drpimento (2460) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Which hophead would that be? Poured with a great frothy, foamy head and some lace. Head lasted for a while. Interesting dark amber clear color. Picked up some bitterness in the nose and flavor, but not really so hoppy. Big burnt sugar characteristics. Good beer but not so much as an IPA. Wonder why they went with this as an IPA. Having a bottle of this at Bodega Brew Pub downtown La Crosse, Wis. USA.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours copper/brown with a thin off white head. Not much of an aroma, mostly caramel and earthy malt. More malt in the taste, sticky caramel, slight bit of hops. This is smooth, but not a "hophead’s dream"....at least not this hophead. Still, not bad overall.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
No hops. Poured brown with an off white head. Aroma of caramel and chocolate. More of a malt bomb than anything. No hops present. Still wasn’t bad.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Nice combination of English and US hops on the nose. Plenty of wet grass and leaves, but a touch of citrus around a rich, bready malt base. Pours quite dark for an IPA. Looks quite nice actually. Decent head retention and some nice drippy lacing. Sharp, earthy hops at first. A distinctive toffee malt base with just a touch of bread crust. More perfumy and floral hops near the finish. Medium bodied with an earthy dry finish that lasts for quite a while. Thanks Andy!
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super dark for an IPA. Musty, nutty, fruity mild hop aroma. I get some watermelon(?). Big toffee flavor which glides into a mild hop flavor. Fairly bitter. Definitely an English IPA but well done and tasty.
pepsican (1520) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darker amber than most IPAs, thin off white head. Aroma is very hoppy with some toffee. Flavor is hops, tofee, nuts, citrus, caramel. Finishes bitter with a good amount of carbonation. No hint of the abv. Nice!
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle Amber in color with a small off white head. Aroma is very buttery with some caramel and floral hops in the background. Taste is buttery, and a bit stale with some sharp vegetal hops and musty grain.