TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear deep ruby red, thin head without much retention or lacing. Aroma quite faint, but when finally detected it reveals a spicy floral hop character and a tiny whiff of malt. Flavor is sharply bitter, some hop spice, a dash of caramel malt shows up late. Definitely brewed in the British rather than American style, and succeeds quite well in recreating a traditional British IPA.
Ughsmash (6925) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Poured a beautiful blood orange with a well-retained beige head... fairly nice lacing going down. Aroma had a strong dose of caramel malt and floral hoppage as this warmed (had more citrus upon first pour). Caramel base on the palate, with hoppy bitterness throughout. Other elements of the flavor were light, crisp fruits, a hint of honey, and a general toastiness. Flavor was quite enjoyable. Finish was long carried through both the great malt base and the bitterness. Great beer.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with hezron, thanks Nathan!) One of the most unusual IPAs Iíve had, I canít really say this is even close to being "to style", but I have to admire the willingness to push the envelope, which this beer definitely does. First off, out of the bottle, it pours one of the darkest IPAs I can remember, very hazy, dark ruddy amber, almost light brown in color. Light tan head doesnít rise above a quarter-inch in height, and settles to a broken film. The aroma is extremely interesting, though straying considerably from your typical IPA. Malty, sweet, quite fruity, lightly hoppy, this is actually starting to approach the nose of a light barleywine, minus the alcohol, of course. Very flavorful, not all that hoppy, but the solid fruitiness and sweet, toasty, caramely malts are quite aggressive and claim the spotlight from the hops. Again in the flavor, this is slightly reminiscent of a barley wine. Nice transformation with the flavor, starting out sweet and malty, gradually turning toasty and more bitter in the long-lasting finish, but always remaining true to the maltiness. Medium to full bodied, with certainly more body than most IPAs. Good level of carbonation on the palate, smooth and creamy. Very unusual for an IPA, but Iím really liking this beer a lot. Fabulous stuff. Put this on my list of beers to seek out in future trades.
FoolishMortal (983) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark murky brown amber color. Medium sized foamy white head. Grassy and acrid floral hop tones, though muted. Caramelly malt flavors with a muted bitterness and more grass and floral characters. Mouthfeel is fairly crisp with residual astringency.
barleyPops (1138) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. tarnished copper in color with a quickly fading off white head. hops are present but much more subdued in the aroma than a lot of IPAís. flavor is of roasted malt, dark pitted fruit & molasses. tail has a dry bitter finish. the complexity of this brew seems to become more proniunced as it warms a bit and as I work my way down the glass. a bit of an unusual IPA, but in an interesting and good way.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy brownish orange. Aroma of fruit (slight citrus), toast, and caramel. Flavors start with caramel malt, then turn to a moderate hop flavor and a mostly balanced bitter finish. Light to medium body.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to wohlfs for this beer.
Pours a murky amber with a tall white head that left some lacing on the glass. Aroma of light citrusy hops with a touch of grass and yeast. Taste is not as profound as I expected, but rather restrained. A peppery hop bite presents itself in the foreground but quickly fades to a long, somewhat unbalanced bitter finish. Body is average, but a tad on the thin side for most world-class IPAís. This would be excellent next to blander bar food, especially something spicy and salty.
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky orange color out of the bottle with a thin beige head and a nose of doughy yeast and citrus hops. Grainy malt in the initial swig with an almost berry fruitiness in the middle. The green hop bitterness lingers into a fresh cut grass note. This in not a PNW IPA, and is a solid beer.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 17, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Cloudy suspensions in a dark maple-orange body with a small but quite stable off-white top...woody, lightly citric nose with some doughy-yeasty character...beautiful fruity-vanilla body, bitterness develops slowly and subtly, finally crashing through into a thick, oaky, very full juicy-hoppy finish. Gorgeous.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy orangish color, hop and carmel aroma, very sweet carmel taste with hop bitterness finish. Lots of flavor, but still a thin mouthfeel,with a flavor moremalty than hoppy. i think they need to bump up the hops just a touch to make it a great one