Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a good hophead’s IPA. Deep orange in color with a frothy white head, it begins quietly with an aroma of sweet flowers and oranges. When it hits the mouth, the first thing you taste is the pleasant caramel malt. Briefly. The hops explode in the mouth in a riotous profusion of hop bitterness that soon causes the lips to tingle as well. It’s got a nice long bitter finish that leaves the mouth watering for more. I’ve got to try this brewery’s IIPA, too.
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This IPA pours a deep orange gold color from a 12oz bottle. Medium to large sized white foamy head. Aroma is grapefruity and floral hops, and a touch herbal. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are caramel and sweet, touch of wood. Hops are grapefruity and floral. Medium to highly bitter IPA. Kind of typical for a PNW IPA, i.e. balanced way toward the hops. But there should be a little more malt in this beer than there is. The orange and citrus hop balance each other, but there needs to be a little more malts. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Received a 12-oz bottle via trade with André in Seattle. Pours a clear coppery amber brew with a thick and lumpy off-white head that has excellent retention and some spotty/sticky lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and lime zest, a touch of caramel malt, and some mild biscuit. Taste is medium bodied, some carbonation with flavors of caramel malt, some orange zest, grapefruit juice and a touch of white pepper. Finish has a lingering mild bitterness that quickly kicks in and then fades slowly after the finish. The west coast caliper IPA category fits this brew very well.
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.
JPDIPSO (4956) - 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.
Suttree (4906) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish Orange, big ecru head. I called it "ecru" because I’m tired of saying "beige". Anyway, Toasted white bread and some citrus in the aroma. Nicely earthy, smoky flavors at first, and seems to stay fairly earthy and smoky throughout, with a resiny finish. Pretty tasty stuff.
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep copper color with a huge head to this beer. I got a fresh one Woooo Hooooo. Has a good balanced flavor and the hops where aweome with this brew. I liked the malts and the fruity flavors I was tasting. A good dry beer with a great hopped flavor.
presario (4535) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 14, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
No head. Brownish-orange. Aroma is pine and dog food. No malt. Hot spiciness and hops. Bitter and takes a bit of getting used to.
jgb9348 (4490) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazy deep copper and amber coloured body with a thin, one centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of light earthy and citrusey hops, some good malt, a hint of caramel and a bit of floral notes. Medium-bodied; Assertive nutty and earthy malt notes at first with a good english hoppy flavour and more of a pronounced hop feel and a chalkier/meatier malt flavour profile. Aftertaste shows nuts, caramel, a hint of bitterness and some more traditional West Coast IPA flavours, but not much - just a tiny hop bitterness. Overall, a decent and different IPA than I was expecting, but one worth trying if you are interested in an English style IPA or one that breaks the mold of a West Coast IPA. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Pear Delicatessen in Seattle, Washington on 08-February-2013 for US$2.00 sampled at home in [the real] Washington on 28-February-2013.
Pailhead (4417) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Courtesy of cbkschubert via trade. Pours a hazy amber with a large creamy off-white head with great retention. Great lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet with lots of orange and other fruits with some hints of caramel and grapefruit hops. For all the fruity sweetness in the aroma, it is suprisingly lacking in the flavor. The flavor starts with a minimal dose of caramel before a finish of strong flowery, piney, and grapefruit hops. Hops really linger for some time in the aftertaste. Pretty much nothing but hops with little to no malt balance. There is a slight fruitiness that comes on as it warms, but it’s minimal.