KimJohansen (10411) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amber with tiny off white head. Hoppy aroma with caramel and grapefruit notes. Hoppy flavor with grapefruit and caramel notes. Ends solid bitter.
Baneboot (7) - USA - SEP 2, 2008 does not count
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
With and unfiltered chunky pour, this beer produces a thin cream colored head. The beer is that beautiful orange/red reminiscent of a tequila sunrise. Nice first pour aroma - very hoppy, but dissipates almost immediately. A little sticky on the finish. High bitterness, but does no clean the palate well. Too much left behind to make this a real winner. The light carbonation is not enough to help cleanse the tongue. The mouthfeel has a surprisingly light viscosity. Overall good, not great.
jcwattsrugger (12113) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
@Indiana Beerfest-on tap-pours a thin off white head and cloudy gold color. Aroma is (simcoe?) northwest/citrus-orange zest/resin hops, secondary medium malt. Taste is (simcoe?) northwest/citrus-orange zest/resin/herbal hops-semi dry/bitter, secondary medium malt. Mild carbonation.
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled poured hazy dark amber, chunk-style with tons of sediment. Nice lacy head. Aroma has caramel sweetness and boatloads of resinous hops and yeast. Flavor is strongly weighted toward pine hops balanced by biscuity malt. Commercial description holds true - it lacks the syrupy mouthfeel of other IPAs, opting for a dry finish. Definitely a nice variation on the Midwestern IPA theme.
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle thanks to mmm/beer. Pours a cloudy, muddy brown color with a thin off-white head and floaties. Pine hops with caramel malts prominent. Taste is funky for an IPA with a heavy malt presence and a peachy hops taste. Mouthfeel is resinous from all the sediment and rather dry for an IPA. Not quite as bitter as most IPAs.
surlysober (41) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
NTH TRIAL: pours a dirty orange-y-brown with lots of sediment/floaties and almost no head; smells like orange-peel, grapefruit citrus, and a hint of pine; taste is delicious, hoppy goodness with nice citrus and piney notes that dominate and very little malt flavor, but there’s still a substantial body to support the hops; finish is just bitter and just dry enough to bring a smile to my face. Overall, this is a wonderful beer despite it’s less-than-spectacular appearance. A fantastic everyday IPA; it’s one of the few beers I consistently purchase by the six-pack. I’m actually a little surprised by it’s style-percentile rating here.
PolakPorter (83) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice crispy hoppage and such. Citrussy goodness. Not the greatest of IPAs but certainly worth checking out.
GJF (1492) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - AUG 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A lucky find at Wine Sellers in Macomb. Hadn’t heard of it, but I glad I found it. Lots of hops in the aroma, a grassy hop flavor and a nice dry bitter finish. Pretty standard stylewise for a midwest IPA, but it’s done quite well.
jameswolfe (160) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The thing that strikes me most about this beer is all the floaties in it. Other than that its a pretty standard IPA. Good but not great.
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours sweet potato skin orange with 2 finger light tan head that fades to a thin layer that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma is almost all piney hops with a bit of yeasty funk. Flavor is a little biscuity malt at first, then all citrus and bitter hops. It is definitely more dry than your average IPA, and a little more refreshing but loses some complexity and that satisfying, think mouthfeel.