b3shine (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle to half-pint glass (shared with the Mrs). Looks solid; malty though. A mostly transparent deep orange with off-white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells of mostly bitter hops with a touch of fruit and a big pale malt backbone. Average (at best) on the palate with what seems like a bit of hot booziness. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. An underwhelming example of the style.
Tmoney99 (10411) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate sour citrus hop and malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate bittersweet flavor with a moderate bittersweet finish of medium duration. Good brew.
Niko100 (1924) - Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of caramel malt, pine hops, & some citrus; Flavor of sweet malt, pine hops, caramel, citrus (notably grapefruit), and some biscuit notes; Finish is bitter; Fairly decent.
DrSilverworm (5928) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Clear orange red color. Little ring of khaki head, no lace. Medium body. Lighter carbonation. More dry texture. Kind of a metallic malt taste to it, more bittering hop than aroma. Not a good IPA. Very disappointing. Not drinkable. Off-putting aroma, hard to do more than sip this. Drain pour. Did Cisco really send a bunch of old product to Ohio for their launch, or is this always this weak? Didn’t see a bottle date, so I can’t be sure
jw0406 (728) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can pours a dark orange color with a nice white head. Aromas of citrus, sweet malt, pine. Medium bodied, nicely balanced, very good
taestee (52) - USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice beer overall. Nice thick head that lingers and laces on the way down. Amber in color. The taste and aroma is definitely malt-heavy. A bit of stick and bitterness on the finish.
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Picked up from the foreign bottle bar (Biers Sans Frontiers), GBBF 13, ¾ pint bottle. Clear amber coloured body. Two-finger sized off-white head with good retention. Spotty lacing down the glassware. Dusty hops and mid-sweet, earthy malts to the nose. Flavours of malty sweetness nicely blended with fresh apricot and lemon. Dry bitter endnotes. Refreshing with fine drinkability (shared with Finn H at his place in Tromsø 30.10.2013).
madmitch76 (14312) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
14th September 2013
Lightly hazy amber beer, good white head. Palate is light and dry. Fine minerally carbonation. Odd flavour of hazlenuts! The hops are mellow pine and citrus. Light caramel. Different!
SpringsLicker (3116) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, very dark amber body with an off-white head.
Spicy citrus aroma. Resiny - more spruce than pine.
This has a strange flavor profile to it. Bitter and dry. I can’t identify where the strange flavor comes from.
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
FROM NOTES: June 29, ’12
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
A: The aroma is resiny and citrusy, but more subtle than other IPAs.
A: Pours a dark, oily, orange, with a nice white, finger-width head that clings nicely to the side of the glass and leaves nice lacing.
T: Surprisingly, this doesn’t have the hop kick that I suspected, but has a nice balanced mixed of hops over a noticeable malt backbone. After a few more sips, the complexity of this American IPA becomes evident, despite missing the hop overload one would expect.
P: A smooth mouth-feel with a good deal of carbonation. Quite sticky with the hop after taste, as well as a malt touch in the front of the mouth.
O: This is a very quaffable brew that is perhaps to subtle for it’s own good. While initially subdued, the finish is very hoppy, but still short of what I would think an American IPA should be.