GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from MbpBugeye.
Pours hazy golden amber with a big fluffy white head that shows extremely good retention and lacing.
Aroma is fantastic and full of juicy citrus hops, pineapple, grapefruit and lemon zest. Nice, crisp crackery aromas in the background. Touch of herbal grasses as well.
Taste is more of the same with a biting citrus kick up front with some pithy grapefruit leaving the palate tingling with hop goodness. As in the nose, there isnít much in the way of malts, and itís mostly a light bready character that doesnít get in the way of the citrus hops.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and well carbonated. Extremely refreshing feel with a ton of bitterness.
This is a top notch IPA and seriously drinkable. Despite the big bitterness, it goes down very easy. Impressive stuff.
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Multiple bottles in Columbus @ my in-laws. Nose is prickly grapefruit and sweet lemon. First sip is a remarkably clean assault of citrus and lightly sweet hops. As you hit the middle, thereís a pleasant earthiness and a dry priockly finish. Carbojnation just about perfect. Super-easy drinking and uber-tasty beer. Really easy to blow through a 6er of these. Nice local gem, Columbus.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:Smells wonderful with tons of sweet grapefruit in the nose. The sweetness is reminiscent of cotton candy.
Appearance:Pale orange in color. Tons of white fluffy head. Great retention.
Taste:Lots of hops hit in the foretaste, but not overpowering. The hops are citrusy with apricot/peach flavors that appear more in the midtaste. The nutty malt flavor lingers with the hop bitterness on in the aftertaste.
Palate:This beer has a light body, with some hop astringency.
Overall:I really liked this one. It doesnít stand out as much as some IPAs out there, but itís a very enjoyable drink.
nickd717 (3491) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle thanks to Ryan011235 on BA. Pours a slightly hazy copper color, with a one-finger whitish-yellow head that has average retention. A nice aroma of hops jumps out at you, mainly citrusy and piney. Sweet malt is in the background. Iím loving the flavor on this one, as the hop-to-malt ratio is more what I expect from a west coast IPA than a midwest IPA. The malt character is rather minimal, and is a nice mix of pale and caramel. Big hop notes of grapefruit, orange rind, pine needles, and earthy resin. Just a touch of booze. A real nice mouthfeel: dry, hoppy, and medium-bodied, with a fairly lively carbonation level. A surprisingly righteous IPA overall.
mmilholen (4) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2010 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours golden. Caramel malt initial taste followed by hop bitterness. Hop character is earhty and herbs. Bitter hop taste lingers. Hop flavor is not very citrus like. More earthy and even harsh. This is not one of my favorite IPAs. A good beer worth drinking but it feels unbalanced.
StefanSD (2133) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of steelersfan. Thanks Jen. This is IPA #100 for me. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a big off-white head that has crazy lacing and good retention. The aroma is resplendent with citrus notes of oranges and grapefruit. The flavor is biter hops forward with walnuts, pine, grapefruit and some sweet toffee, but its the hops that dominate. The palate is just a bit thinner than I would prefer with a bit of water in it and the carbonation is lively. Finishes dry, short and clean. Overall: Delightful little IPA, if the palate was fuller it would be world class. Very session-able I could drink this every day. Thanks again Jen.
Pastor (796) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass produced a big white fluffy head that lasts and turns to a good layer of lace. The body is a slightly hazy golden orange in color.
Really good hop aroma on this one big and citric. I like the flavor as well it has a great hop bite to it with a light sweetness. It has a medium feel to it in the mouth with good carbonation for your tongue.
A good drinking IPA that I would be proud of if I was a local
bleeng (1523) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewery. Bright gold and hazy. Nose is effervescent of hops, citrus, pine cones. Nice nose. Taste is very dry, hops are present but not equal to the nose. Not much malt background but overall a decent and easily drinkable IPA.
SudsMcDuff (5825) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
i think i enjoyed this so much because when having a hardcore tasting, an IPA can be such a breath of air, this was one! tons of fresh hops, cascades up the butt jobu! .. . biting yet corked teeth .. . clean, great stuff . . big daddy! iím 3 steps ahead of you!! ..ah, chief, your boys been kidnapped..
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle with thanks to ogglethorp for the nice bonus. Pours a mostly clear golden orange with a minimal off-white head. Aroma is citrus, fruit, orange peel, and a little floral. Flavor also has a nice orange note to it, with more citrus, and a little pine and caramel. Clean and crisp, a nice IPA. Thanks again Brian!