nike (967) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2011
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer came highly suggested as an IPA. Wow, what a major disappointment. Clear amber with a decent head, but this is considered an IPA? Where are the hops? Not in the smell of the beer, nor in the taste. Hardly had any hops flavor to it. It lacked the bite an IPA should have. It did have a citrus taste. Not a bad beer, not in the IPA league.
zach8270 (3472) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Cloudy copper pour with a thin white head. Sweet citrus and caramel aroma with some slight hints of boiled vegetables. Citrus and caramel begin quickly before the bitter and astringent hops take over. Very dry and peppery with a flavor that lingers and lasts. A bit too cloying for me.
TylerPow (122) - Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft or bottle either way its good stuff. If you a fan of the amber IPA’s with the nice roasty burnt amber flavor this is it. It has a really clean taste and a nice dry finish that does not belie its 8% alcohol. Eat a steak and some spicy seafood and drink 3 or 4 of ’em. Plus the label on the bottle is bad ass, although I would never award points for artwork.
Naka (705) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark slightly hazy brown with very little head. Aroma has a little roasty note. A little molasses and very little hops. Flavor is kind of roasty and with a really strong citrus rind bitter. There is a little butterscotch and a slightly warming alcohol. Body is medium heavy, but there is something missing.
unclemike (2224) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy light brownish copper with a medium sized white head. Beautiful aroma of faint grapefruit, grassy pine notes and sour hard candy. Taste of grapefruit with light piney resin and grass. Has a finish of lemon tea flavor. Surprisingly good
ttutony (655) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber in the glass. Grassy, floral, and citrus hop aroma. Smooth bitterness on the palate.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Deep amberish, slight haze, thin sudsy white head, so-so lacing. Sweet citrus rind like nose, smidgen of tea leaves and hops. Semi-sweet to start, citrusy, doesn’t show up with much bitterness. Malt background is moderate. This beer doesn’t seem like 8%. On the sweeter side, without being cloying. Hop & citrus aspect towards the end fall off a bit. Maltier than your standard IPA, yet not as bitter. Also a touch sweeter than most. Doesn’t feel as if its an IIPA, more like 1˝ IPA. Finish is clean. Decent, but not one to write home about. Thanks to Dan for the bottle!
Dorwart (2375) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin off-white head of varying sized bubbles with minimal carbonation. Roasty aroma with some buttered bread and caramel malts. Very little hops presence for an IIPA. Color is a dark mahagony red. Sweet and malty flavor with a little bit of hops presence showng up now. A bit of harsh bitterness with more caramel and some herbal flavors. Light alcohol presence which you feel more than taste. Finishes dry and bitter with a bit of pasty malts.
JStax (2997) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap into a sampler glass. Appearance is a hazy amber with a long lasting beige head. Aroma is mostly hops and a little bit of malt. Taste follows suit. Hops aren’t nearly as upfront as would be expected from a DIPA. Overall very good.
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Church. Mild hop aroma. A little sweet of malt, nutty and caramel, but faint. Dark coppery amber haze with thin lacing off-white head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Medium malt flavor, biscuit and caramel. Big juicy hops flavor from the start until the finish. Bitter finish and malty sweet and bitter after.