jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Purchased at a convenience store on Haight St, June 2007. Pours a beautiful clear red with a thick manilla head. Soft caramel, earthy floral hop notes - kind of subtle. Very caramel/toasted malt-heavy up front, toffee-bread, then earthy hops and pleny of resinous bitterness; light apple. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Kind of a Brit-style IPA.
kramer (4568) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, via kenb. Pours a murky dark copper body with a fair amount of chunkies floating about under a one cm foamy beige head. Spotty lacing remained. The nose is pretty restrained with some light tangerine citrusy hops and some slightly husky crystal malt. The flavor is quite aggressively bitter and hoppy though, possibly seeming more intense due to the noticably low maltiness in the flavor. The crystal malt flavor really emerges on the finish though, which I didnít really care for. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite sturdy with moderate fizzy prickly carbonation. Overall, this was just not my type of IPA. Heavy bitterness with prominent crystal malt is not a winning combination to me.
sickassmick (220) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is not a bad IPA. Cloudy amber, nice head. Smells really good. Hops like crazy. Upfront and a really long lasting citrus almost metalic aftertaste. Not quite enough as far as malt sweetness, but still enough body to satisfy. I like it, not really something I would buy again. Definitely original taste, but nothing spectacular. Got to try as many as I can tho.
goldbrew (99) - USA - JAN 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
HInt of grapefruit and plenty of happy hop aroma. Poured with small but respectable head into a tulip glass. Pretty-looking in the glass. This Inversion IPA is malt-heavier than most. I didnít get the crisp release of hops; rather a more malty sweet aftertaste with lingering hop metallic tones on the cheeks. Malt and hop interplay isnít totally in sync. Itís worth drinking again, but perhaps my expectation and anticipation were too far ahead. Certainly respectable.
blankboy (5745) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12oz) shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a clear orange-amber with an average size off-white head. Nice aroma of resiny hops backed by caramel malt and some citrus fruit thrown in. Flavourís the same, resiny hops backed by caramel malt, some citrus and a good bitter finish. Medium bodied. A pretty good IPA.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber with nice thick, creamy head and sticky lacing.
Aroma and flavor is citrus and pine and hops.
Good medium powered IPA with a good citrus finish.
uhclem (354) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2008 Poured a hazy amber. Nice big head an heavy lacing. Hops are abundant from the nose to the finish. Hops are nicely blended with the malt. My original rating was poor. Either the IPA got better or I am in a whole different place.
Gorbalev (2887) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, Harryís bottle. Last beer of a really nice 14 beer Friday night just hanging out, thanks for having us over Blankboy! Dark orange, medium white head. Nice hop aroma, but lots of malt there too! Huge hop taste! Pronounced because of the wonderful light malt body. Great linger. Huge flavour at this alcohol, another solid IPA.
HogTownHarry (5977) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle. Clear amber, average head. Light roast malt backing, and tons of hops- crisp and thorough. The taste is even more bitter, grapefruit pith and floral acidic notes. Light body, solid bitterness and astringency, not too boozy. Great drinkiní IPA.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has an interesting peach element to the aroma. Good malt balance. Finish is unique, (not sure if thatís good or not), itís like a prickly pineyness. Weird.