DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tastes of a good wave of hops upfront with a decent malt backbone. Hops lead off with a little bit of citrus and some floral notes. Moderately bitter. Malts come in faintly on the backend with a little caramel sweetness.
LeftCoastRider (110) - , Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy copper color with a medium white head Aroma of juniper and citrus. Fairly even balance between malt and hops, but a little more hops. Good mouth feel. Nice ale.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A steady pour into my my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, pal tan colored head. The beer is a bright amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, red-copper color when held up to the light. The beer is quite malt focused for an IPA; lots of spicy grain character, big caramelized crystal malt notes, touches of sweet tea, big English biscuit like notes, and toasted caramelized cracker like notes. Supporting, soft hop notes of herbal pine are here, and perhaps a light grapefruit like hop character.
There is a light bitterness to this beer up front, and then again it lingers a bit in the finish. Caramelized crystal malt flavors, toasted, whole grain cracker flavors, and a spicy brown bread like flavor. There is a lingering, slightly menthol like edge to the bitterness, and a bit of herbal character that seems to be the most noticeable part of the hop notes in this beer. The body is fairly chewy, likely exactly what they were shooting for, but doesn’t quite work for me in an IPA.
This is really quite a bit too subtle for what I was hoping for, despite what the label says, this isn’t remotely near approaching an West Coast IPA. It is a decent attempt at an American interpretation of an English IPA from the late 90s though; still wasn’t what I was hoping for though.
krumbum (521) - truckee, California, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky cloudy orange color. The aroma has hints of wet straw hops. The flavor of hops and Malt hit you at the same time. The finish is pleasantly dry.
coreyc1221 (260) - Truckee, California, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells bright for an ale. Like a hoppy budweiser. Amber color with a tan bubbly head that rose quick. watch out for that. Hoppy start and little bitter aftertaste. Pretty good but not great.
JaBier (4834) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours clear amber with a thick off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel and pine. Malty and caramelly flavor with diacetyl butteriness before an earthy hop finish.
DedicatedToFun (2334) - Santa Monica, California, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Overall very solid IPA, hoppy and bitter but worth it in every way. At Venice ale house on tap
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
16oz bottle pours with a clear copper body that supports a full nearly creamy head of tan foam. Right when I pop the top my aromatic senses are assaulted by garlic and shallots and onion dank hoppy goodness. Upon further inspection the dankness doesn’t seem as bold and I also pick up thin snippets of citrus hops. The taste is similar, yes I say, as I get a nice mix of dank earthy shallot like hop flavor and bitterness with a flash of citrus too. It moves into being progressively more bitter midway and into the finish enhancing the experience. This is nice stuff with pleasing balance between hop bitterness, hop flavor and a lightly sweet malty body.
Markm2151 (280) - toledo, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting hop aroma, not the typical hop aroma associated with the Cs which is cool. Wasn’t a fan of the palate too much though.
beerbastard (675) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint bottle, pours amber with some lacing. Sweet pine nose mixed with citrus. Bitter foward with a mix of malts and grapefruit hops. No flavors are dominate. Clean dry taste and finish. Nothing jumps out at me.