pilsnerrogge (2450) - Finspång, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[bottle] Amber colour. Weak head. Hoppy aroma with notes of cactus. Nice & hoppy flavor. I like IPA’s.
omhper (19187) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 [Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival] Hazy pale amber, minimal head. Rich sweaty lychee aroma. Dryish with clean mouthfeel. Aromatic and over-hoppy, yet light and drinkable. Lingering very bitter finish.
Bart (2941) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks Robin, for this one. Light amber-orange coloured with a large white head. Sweet hoppy aroma, with some smaller malty touches. Full sweet hoppy-bitter fruity taste. Finish is bitter but fruity, light roasted. Not bad.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Any first impressions?
-A slim sheet of foam covers the misty orange.
-An expanding perfume of wooden, earthy, resinous, orangey hoppiness dances for the nostrils.
-The caramel maltiness attempts to balance out the orangey, piney hop flavor.
-The effervescent carbonation is a little too ebullient for the large gulps this one deserves.
What if you dig deeper?
-The strong wooden, earthy hop bitterness continuously advises you to take another sip.
-The hoppy perfume even deploys a floral bouquet; I am ready to get reeled in.
-There is a little too much crystal malt apport for my personal tastes in American IPAs, and that carbonation is too energetic, but overall this is a fine example of the style I would love to get to know better.
bb (6715) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a big off-white head. Citrus/pine hop flavor with some cocoa/chocolate backing. Citrus hop aroma that could be a bit stronger. Medium bodied, easy drinking, dry finish.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted 15/09/2006. 12oz bottle from BrewNZ.
Late at night with Brendon and Steve, after a few Limburg Oude Reserve’s, so the notes are minimal (and hard to read). Deep rose gold, some may say amber. Bright. Off-white head rises and disappears like coke. Toffee malt plus floral and grapefruit hops on the nose, quite pungent. Dry caramelised malt flavour is hardly detectable with all that grapefruit hop flavour and the obscene bitterness... wow! A real tongue number - as Greig McGill called it. I hope Neil Miller got some of this.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draught at Papago’s) Medium amber. Not much aroma, but nice floral hops flavor. Solid IPA.
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
<b >Personal Milestone: At long last, My 100th IPA Rating (out of 2636)... and this is supposed to be my favorite style!
And a good IPA it is at that, made more so by the fact that I’m having it whilst two guys are rodding out my sewer line because my basement’s been turned into a lake! It (the beer, not the basement) has an orange/copper body with a rocky off-white head that laces in chunks. It’s got a big aroma of PNW hops, the grapefruit smell dominating, over sweet caramel. More balanced in flavor than I’d expected it to be, the malt provides a strong, caramel backbone to support the sharp bitterness of grapefruit, pine, and orange zest. The finish is both lengthy and bitter. Perfect for a pre-basement cleaning session.
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Mumpu (46) - USA - SEP 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours opaque caramel with a thick, long-lasting off-white head and plenty of lacing. Aroma and palate are more like those of a brown ale with a hoppy note -- silky smooth body with nutty, honey-and-apples sweetness and floral notes. This is a unique take on the IPA that makes for a really excellent beer.
GarrettB (987) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2007 I haven’t had such a daringly sweet IPA in a long time. Most recommendations pointed me towards dryer, wheatier India Pale Ales, which were a mixed bag themselves. They had a savory character which matched well with flavorful food, but left my sweet tooth yearning for a bit more. Though the Deschutes Inversion IPA has a few flaws, it was for me noticeable sweeter than all other IPAs I’ve sampled. In other words it corrected what others lacked, and lacked what others had already corrected. My ideal bottle of IPA squirms away yet again. Still a lesson learned and another beer tasted: the Inversion IPA poured a nice thick caramel color with a hint of brown that made me think of a mallard’s tail, topped with a poofy, billowy head that, for whatever reason (Moonbeams reflecting off the swamp gas?) had a nice seafoam green patina. It was such a fascinating plume of static foam that I wrote “Weeeeeeeeeeee!” in my notes. The smell was fairly standard as far as my experience has been with IPAs: light and hoppy with some soy sauce, flowers and in one instance of unique character, a smell of sugar glaze like the kind that comes on donuts and pastries. The taste began very dry and hoppy like the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, but eased into a lighter melody of flowers, almond, honey, coriander and orange. Gripping all these flavors together was the remarkable sweetness that seemed to drift from natural sources – most discernibly the citrus elements. It was a nice and easy drink for my first night back to school and kept the company lively, but failed to seal the pact between my finicky taste buds and the whole style of pale ales.