bhensonb (11260) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to ericandersnavy for this one. Pours slightly hazy orangey amber with a two finger foamy beige head. Aromas of sweet caramel and some floral/citric hop. Medium plus body with really foamy carbonation. Flavor is caramel with a fair amount of not too bitter hop. Pretty flavorful. The not too bitter gets much more so as the beer drains away. Like it.
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Obtained in trade. Thanks. Copper color pour with a medium lasting off white head. Sweet caramel and malt aroma with a touch of honey. The malt is still present in the flavor but there is some amount of cardboard and metallic notes that become distracting. The hops are a bit resinous I suppose but it is not as forward a flavor like you would expect from an IPA. Everything is well balanced and it is more like a session brew. Medium body and mouth feel. An easy drinker that I imagine would be a great everyday beer if you liked by the brewery.
jake65 (2678) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - thanks Jordan. Ruddy orange color with a thin beige head. Malty aroma with citrus, caramel, and faded hops. Tastes heavily malted with more faded (than lively) hops. Lightly bitter in the tail.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Caramel color, light head, light lacing. Nose of cardboard and earthy light hop. Thick body, chewy and dry with very little bitterness. Fruit in the finish and more earthy. About as hoppy as SNPA with a little cardboard and dry caramelly notes in the flavor.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of ericandernavy. Decent citrus ipa aroma. Copper body with off white head. Flavor is of what you would expect some citrus but at times seemed little watered down. Good on the palate, just wish flavor was like aroma. Thanks eric.
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This reminds me a lot of Sierra Nevada Torpedo... the only thing missing is the aroma... Nice malty body, with a really well balanced hop profile... mostly american c hops here. Pretty smooth stuff, with a clean palate
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Cloudy dark amber-orange with bubbly off-white head and some nice lacing.
Aroma of very slight citrus and sweet toasted malt. Very hard to detect much here.
Semi-sweet toasted malts grapple with citrus hop bitterness. Unfortunately the sweetness wins until the aftertaste when some spicy bitterness is evident. I really don’t like sweet IPAs.
Moderate carbonation, medium body. Does not have the kind of dry finish I expect from an IPA.
While not really bad, I am not a fan of sweet IPAs.
deyholla (6719) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from a beer of the month pack. Pours rust with a creamy golden head. Aroma has light hop notes bring out a combination of a flora and a citrus (orange) notes. Flavor has three hop flavors, starts with floral hops, transfers to more citrus hops, and finishes with an earthy note.
dchmela (2647) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Ian for hooking me up with Arkansas! Pours a light amber with a thick off white head. Citrus hop aroma. Fairly balanced hop taste with a good malt base. Just ok.
Gooney (388) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 9, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Beer of the Month Club - Unpleasant aroma. Even more unpleasant aftertaste. It’s kind of like getting acupuncture on your tongue using pepper sticks. Call me an Oregon beer snob, but it’s about what I expected.