illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2008 Draft at Bel Air. Pours amber with a dissipating white head. Nice floral and fruity nose. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Toffee/ caramel like maltiness (with a hint of toastiness that fades as it warms) countered by an aggressive grapefruit rind bitterness that carries through to the finish. Some slight lingering resin as well. I swear I taste a hint of noble hops. As a guy that is picky about IPAs, this is decent.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2008 A deep, piney, earthy bitterness on this one. Body is medium, just about right on the sweetness, not too much, not too little. Did not detect a whole like of citrusy aroma or flavor, but I thought this was pretty good.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(growler, thanks kmweaver) Medium off-white head atop clear deep amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, pine, some grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, pine, some grapefruit, light floral, bread/caramel. Medium body, some resin.
lamas (1280) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Bowie location. Arrived at the table with practically no head on top of a nice, clear amber body. Aroma of grapefruits and pine. Goes down with a thin to medium body. Some subtle caramel maltiness upfront with a nice citrusy finish. Some drying bitterness lingers at the end. Not too bad. Decent enough to have again.
dpjuart (1029) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
7/16/08 - Draft sample at Bowie location. Clear amber with white head. Nose is bubble gum and pine. Taste is resiny pine wand citrus, moderate bitter and little malt backbone. A bit thin, but manageable.
TURDFERGUSON (3741) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler, shared by kmweaver. Thanks Ken! Nose is resiny hops, with a bit of sweet caramel malt to balance it out. Flavor was bit less in balance but still nice. A solid ipa, here. I didn’t write too many notes so I don’t have much to say here.
Goodgrief (1733) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUN 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ Arundel Mills location. Copper color, huge floral bouquet nose. Smelled GOOD. Description says "just enough" malt...but I disagree. This was bordering on hop water as the malt bill fell short. Again, OK beer, nothing fantacular.
beachbum25 (1084) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap @ Arundel Mills. Clear orange color w/a slight white head. Strong pine hop aroma. Strong hop flavor up front, really stronger than I would prefer. Traces of grapefruit as well, but I thought this one was a little more one dementional, could use a little more balance on the finish, ala DFH 90 Minute. Its a Hop Bomb & the hop heads will love it though, but it left me wanting a little more.
sloth (2340) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ the Belair pub. Small offwhite, stable and lasting, decent lacing hanging around. Clear, bright, orange colored body. Nose is soft hops, lightly citrusy and earthy with some light caramel notes. Body is medium with a soft carbonation, lightly creamy on the palate. Dry, bready malt flavors backed by a gentle hop bill, grapefruit and orangey notes. Well balanced and quaffable. An almost dry, lightly fruity finish with an APA sorta bite. Not as hop forward as venom but still a nice brew none the less.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2008 I really liked this one, it wasn’t crisply hoppy or aromatic, but it is a rare IPA that I could see drinking ten or so in a row without being completely turned off. It is a little less bold than the great IPAs but it was very balanced and tasty and pleasantly flavorful.