OldMrCrow (1908) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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Pours a light orange amber; the aroma is mildy hopped, slightly sour, amply malted. The flavor follows, laid back on the hops by PacNW IPA standards. fairly well balanced out by the chewy malts, a bit sour and metallic on the tongue.
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While this is no standout, it seems to be plenty drinkable, and I think better than the Inversion IPA that supposedly will be its replacement.
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Slightly hazy amber with a small, off-white head. Fruity, citrusy nose. Medium-bodied with some caramel and notes of grapefruit. Bitter finish. 300406
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malt character nicely complements the hop bill, bitter but not over the top. Certainly more on the english style IPA side than American; sort of a hybrid, but very well done.
fiulijn (15060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy light amber color. Light hoppy aroma, lightly fruity. Medium malty body, with a reasonable amount of hops; the hops are lightly fruity and a bit herbal (camomile). Drinkable.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Light orange colour with a weak head. Very nice hoppy aroma. Hoppy flavour but not a very good blend.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Orange colour with a off-white head. Light floral hop aroma and a light sweet malty, floral hop taste. Medium body with a light dry finish.
joergen (21291) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy golden coloured with an off white head.
Aroma of malts, fruits, hops and pine needles.
Flavour of malts, hops and pine needles.
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in an informal exchange of a few miscellaneous brews with SDbruboy, thanks Cliff!) We’ve carried this in my store for ages, but I’d never bought a six-pack, presuming instead that I’d find it for sale as a single (which I never did). I also didn’t expect it would be a beer I’d want six bottles of, but I was wrong on that front too. This isn’t a big, West Coast IPA, but instead is a really nice beer that is true to its British styling, showcasing the hops without bludgeoning the palate into submission. Crisp and hoppy, but not citrusy or hard-nosed bitter, definitely English hops in here with a bit of West Coast bite thrown in for good measure for a long, hoppy aftertaste. Lightly sweet and grainy malts are mild, but set a nice base for the hops to shine. Fairly fruity overall, just a hint of butteriness, lightly nutty in the finish. The hops have enough presence to keep the palate nice and clean throughout the session. Body is medium, carbonation is soft, the mouthfeel is clean, crisp and smooth. Pleasant grainy maltiness and a clean aroma of British hops in the nose. Hazy, golden in appearance with a small, off-white head that gradually settles to a ring. Plenty of patchy lacing is left on the glass. Another Deschutes brew based on the British style, and as usual, restrained and very well-executed.
jake65 (2708) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice blend of malts and hops into a very smooth drinking IPA. The amount of bitterness was great, it featured a nice amount of sweetness, and finished with nice bitter kick with a hint of floral tones. Nicely done by Deschutes.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
OK. I loved this one. It’s funny how sometimes a beer gets a magic cachet and when you drink it the beer falls a little short. Other times you won’t expect much and the beer delights. This is an IPA, not a sledge hammer. It pours a cloudy almost opaque apricot, with a large white head. In the mouth it feels like a British bitter on tap ... full and a bit creamy but without the very active carbonation typical of American ales. The taste is something unique in an American IPA ... balance. Malts and American hops in perfect balance, with a good bitter finish. For contrast I had some Three Floyds Dreadnaught ....too much alcohol, too much hops, too much screaming. The TF has a higher rating; I really like the Quail Springs.