mansquito (3677) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Total Wine: Pours dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt, some citrus, and dirt. Taste is pretty conventional malty IPA. Drinkable and pleasant, but forgettable.
DCLawyer (1554) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle->SA. Pours a cloudy amber wi offwhite head, decent lace. Aroma is citrus hops and malt. Taste is same. Malt is much more pronounced than in a typical IPA. Poor balance here.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 3/2/13. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a moderately hazy burnished copper color. The head is a two finger offwhite shade. It features a nice creaminess and okay retention.
S: This seems to be very malty - crystal malt, to be precise - with a lot of caramel, marzipan, and toffee. Sadly, the Motueka hops arenít very present, but they do impart a combination of grassy noble characteristics and grapefruit qualities. Typical of many DuClaw offerings, thereís almost a peppery tone to the yeast used.
T: In a way, it drinks like a typical IPA, but the finish has a peppery zest to it. Before that, an initial wave of malt sweetness and a midtaste of grapefruit and orange help tie things together. Itís really not very bitter at all, just spicy. Subtle expressions of herbs pop up as well. Aside from being just a hair sweet at times, I like the balance of this one, if not the boldness.
M: I find many IPAs that prodigiously use crystal malt have a coarse sharpness to them - and sadly this is no exception. Luckily, itís clean enough where it doesnít really linger too harshly. Carbonation and texture thickness are about par for a typical IPA.
O: If youíre not going to make a great IPA, at least make a unique one. It doesnít quite fit into the former category, but this does enough to be considered the latter. Even if itís not necessarily worth investing a case of, itís certainly good enough to try once. Just donít expect bold grapefruit and pine hoppiness.
strongpieman (1550) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Overall good IPA. Deep amber color with decent head. Dry finish, medium body that can be a little slick.
chicowv (465) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle: Pours bright orange, clear, small white head with CO2 release stopping soon after pour, small bubbles stick to the glass. Aroma is citrus hops, grapefruit, slight leather. Taste is salty and sweet with a bitter finish, kind dry. Slight shock to the taste buds at the begining with a bit of a sour finish. Has promise but leaves a taste that is not completely pleasant.
Darwenus (572) - Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dull copper color with a brief head that leaves no real lacing to speak of. The aroma is almost nonexistent. I just pick up on nothing, save maybe a faint implication of hops. The flavor is on the bitter side, thereís a slightly astringent hop character that leaves a little tingle of an aftertaste, but not much more. I wonít have this again.
kramer (5173) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear copper body with a nice one finger frothy off-white head that left some nice lacing. The nose has a really unique hop variety that I donít know that Iíve smelled before. It does have some similarities to Nelson Sauvin I think. The malt stays nicely in the background letting the hops take center stage. The flavor doesnít stack up quite as well as those other famous hops from NZ, but they are still unique and pretty tasty. Nice tropical fruit notes without a whole lot of bitterness. The malt is OK up front, but itís sweetness exerts itself a bit much on the back end. Medium bodied with nice soft pinpoint carbonation, the lingering finish is both positive and negative for me. Interesting beer, and some extra credit for seeking out an unusual hop variety and showcasing it.
jsquire (3578) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light amber color with a foamy off white head. Juicy nose of orange juice and tropical fruits. Lots of hop flavored Jolly Rancher candy with orange juice, tropical fruit and apricot jelly on toasted English muffin. Syrupy texture. Long sweet hoppy goodness.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5136) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2013 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy orange-tan color with a large foamy orange-white head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was earthy, woody and somewhat meaty. The flavor was bitter, earthy, meaty and bready with a bock like sour caramel presence. Long bitter sour caramel finish. Medium body. Not good.
Emeister84 (1218) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Citrus fruit and caramel on the nose. Orange-red with moderately retaining, white head. Bitter and somewhat sweet. Medium bodied, carbonation is moderate, and finishes with lingering, sweet, malt flavors. Very traditional and well balanced, but a little sweet.