deyholla (10221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from the tap at the 15th annual MBGSF. Pours a near clear golden amber with a white head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a decent amount of fig with some citrus hops and underlying sweet grain. Flavor has fig up front with growing bitter citrus and a mellow backbone of slightly sweet grains.
riseagainstme (48) - Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2011
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Had on Tap at Dark Horse takeover night at Crunchys. I wanted to like this but maybe I got the end of the keg or something cause it was very cloudy and very chunky. After getting past the chunks the taste was bad. I would say like a chalky tasting pale ale, no fig to be found for me.
arkurzynski (2275) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
GTMW. Golden-amber. Moderate piney hops with the slightest of dark fruit aroma. Even bitterness and a bit of fig/raisin fruitiness, but certainly not showcased that well. Mild maltiness. Finishes with fig fruit astringency and grapefruit hop bitterness.
Tmoney99 (13625) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
MBGSF 2011. Poured cloudy brownish color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit aroma. Medium body with a slick texture, small particles and soft carbonation. Moderate dark fruit bitter flavor with a moderate sweet finish of medium duration. Complex brew, but to strange to enjoy.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap, in hot July, 2005, the evening prior to court proceedings in Battle Creek. What joy. The company was good, though: Heather, Amy and Eve! Well, this is a fine IPA, with only a little added white sugar sweetness (although that is not the direction I want my IPAs heading in). Color is virtually unchanged from the regular IPA, and the figginess was clear in the aroma more than the flavor. Good.
Silphium (3192) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2011 On tap at Dark Horse. Hazy amber body, thick light cream head. Piney, strongly rindy hops aroma, not much fig apparent in the aroma (if any). The flavor was mostly ass-kicking piney, grapefruity hops, bitter, citric, and powerful. Some light sweetness in the background may have been figs, but they were light. Alcohol was fairly undetectable. Quite bitter and definitely an IPA with figs only added as an accent. 7-4-7-3-13 (3.4).
Re-rate 6 October 2011. On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. I forgot I tried this beer previously, but am happy I reacquainted myself with it. Cloudy orange-brown body, medium yellowish head. Bitter spicy hops nose with earthy, musty fruit and toast. Firm bitter body with citrus rind and a spicy grassiness, blending nicely with earthy, slightly sweet figs, forming a beautiful union of bitterness and not-quite sweet but meaty fruits. Much better the second time around, and one of my favorite recent IPAs.
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Darkhorse: Interesting combination, started out like crookedtree, but fig and hops hit you on the way down. Needs a tad less hops (although it is an ipa) and more fig. A decent combination, worth a try.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on draught @ Dark Horse Brewing Company in Marshall, Michigan. An India Pale Ale brewed with figs. Slightly lighter than the Bloopa in color, with a light orange hue. Suspended figs in the glass. Much more gentle than the Bloopa in the aroma with light fig and piney/fruity hops. Flavor again was full of fruity hops and fig newton, quite interesting, but not the most pleasant combination.