DalzAle (2009) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Scrizzz (thanks!) Pumpkin colored pour, good citrus and hops aroma and the most carbonation I’ve ever seen in a beer (even when poured very carefully and slowly, the foam just wouldn’t stop). Flavor is woody, malty, mellow hops/copper and very dry on the finish. Aside from the root beer float foam, a very good and easy drinking IPA.
JPDIPSO (5045) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Umber color with a taller fluffy off-white head. Aromas of crystal malt, wood and citrus. Caramel, paler malt, citric hops and touch of tropical fruit flavors. Touch of rust in the finish and into the linger. My last batch of IPA of the west coast is slightly less than awe inspiring.
highibus (755) - Vail, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice deep copper with thin white head. No real aroma could be because it is kind of cold. Nice hop presence up front quickly balalnced with a light malt sweetness. Then back to the hop finish. Nice
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Craft. Deep copper pour with 2-finger off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, orange marmalade, hops. Tastes caramel malty, with notes of pineapple, resiny hops, and black pepper.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz - Soapy aroma of lemon, pine sol and some bready malts. Flavor is also soapy, piney hops and some caramel. Palate is a bit astringent. Not too good.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours a clear copper with a big foamy off white head. The head lasts well, and makes some spotty lacing. Has a light aroma of citrus hops, with light touches of caramel malts. Has a good carbonation. The flavor is hoppy. A good amount of bitterness. Blended well and balanced nicely. Has a touch oily texture. A good mouthfeel. The finish is good and a real good aftertaste. I may be a hophead but I really like this one.
trevor211 (1408) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light orange/copper with a small, off-white head. Sweet mandarin and citrus hops on the nose, not a whole lot of bitterness here. The grainy, almost wheat-like flavor of stale hops pairs with a bit of caramel malt, but citrus dominates here. Nice mouthfeel - for such a low-octane brew (my bottle said 5.5%), it maintains a nice, thick mouthfeel with a clean finish. Not bad at all, though it needs some practice.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, brown sugar, light malts, slight citrus, slight caramel, and a hint of grains. Poured amber/orange in color with a small to medium-sized, creamy, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Hazy. Sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of hops, citrus, caramel, light pine, slight resin, and a cloying metallic flavor. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Hops, resin, and strong metal finish is lightly dry.
Capa (2265) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden copper with a white head. Plenty of citrus hop aroma. Fresh fruit, light floral, grapefruit, light pine, and some sweet caramel. Very pleasant aroma. Flavor continues the fresh citrus hop feel. Grapefruit and medium caramel malts round it out. Finishes with some refreshing bitterness and light pine. A very nice IPA.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very light amber, almost no head and zero lacing. Aroma is very heavy on the citrus, very light caramel malt smells as well. Flavor is quite bitter, mixture of citrus (grapefruit) hops and pine hops with a bit of a caramel backing, but not much. I like bitter, overly hopped IPAs so this wasn’t much of a problem, but this isn’t a great example of the style.