Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the 2012 Michigan Brewer’s Guild Winter Beer Festival, Grand Rapids. Hazy tan body. Herbal nose. Herbal, citrusy hops; piny with caramel and brown sugar. A hoppier version of the base beer.
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dirty brown, white head. Semi-hazy. Smells like a malty IPA, and dry. hoppy and smooth with lots of pine. Good!
wmubronco1992 (660) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Dark Horse 4 Elf release party. Pours a slightly cloudy medium brown that allows some light to come through. Tan head. Hop aroma. Flavor of grapefruit and caramel. My first brown IPA. Overall the combo worked well for me. Some nuttiness, but it wasn’t really chewy. Light enough to be easy drinking.
TheAlum (6146) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flight on tap at Tribes (Mokena, IL). Pours a nice well hazed amber hue, glowing sunset edges and some glow in the body. A frothy tannish head sits around, dies to an ok film with good lacing. Aromas are quite light, some toffee and toast, biscuits and gentle earthy hopping. Faint spice, as a touch more citrus grows on the nose from the hopping. Initial is medium bodied, maybe a touch lighter with a decent kick of citrusy grapefruit and lemon up front, decent dry and citrusy hopping. Middle meets with some sweeter malts, toffee and toast, touches of dryness and sticky malts interwine with hops, gentle sweetness as opposed to an assault. Dry hops grow slowly into the backend, though could use a stronger kick. A bit faded, yet it has some things going for it. Dryness, faint pine into the finish mix with the malt body. Overall, this grows on me as the hops come on a touch stronger as I get into it and into the finish. A nice hop forward Amber ale, that grows on me. At 6.5, I guess it is pretty solid. Nice.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting beer, a brown IPA. Turgid draft pour, lots of frothy lacing. All pine and citrus in the nose, with very little brown ale aroma at all. Flavor is moderately to highly bitter with very little sweetness, mostly hop flavor, hard to get even breadiness (but there is some). Quite drinkable, but not subtle in any way.
craftycarl21 (2290) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to ryan for the growler. Cloudy chestnut colored pour. Fruity nose with cherry and fig, along with some definite lemongrass and herbal hop presence. Flavor brings some interesting green tea, earth, endive and radicchio. Bizarre. Not bad, but not great either.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy nut-amber body, foamy cream head, thin. Nose of nut and dank manure, quite hoppy, bit of dirty banana bread esters, manure getting strong with warmth. Flavor is more toast and nut, again resinous but accompanied by brown sugar. Quite thick and heavy for a brown, the hops appreciated.
argo0 (11914) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler, thanks ryan. Murky dark amber body, small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some grapefruit, light caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, some caramel. Light-medium body, light stickiness, acidity.
TURDFERGUSON (4008) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler thanks to ryan. This brown ale smells like an ipa. Super hoppy. Light malt, light rye. Mildly creamy palate, light bitterness, some light sweetness. Solid.
GT2 (9202) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler thanks to ryan. Clear tea amber pour with a medium white head leaves swathes of sticky, delicate lacing. Nose is fresh hop forward, floral, citrus rind, mild pumpernickel and fennel. Taste is excellent: soft, quenching, lots of piney hops, hop resin. Very aggressive and hop forward. Like a Brown IPA. Great stuff! Nice booziness and spice character. Loved this.