ThisWangsChung (638) - 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.
PaleHorse732 (4) - Piscataway, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Beautiful bright orange color. Very nice smells of orange, mango, pineapple, pine. Taste is like smells and these New Zealand hops stand out like Green Flashís triple hop Green Bullet.
Iím really enjoying this one and would definitely pick it up again.
SamP01 (480) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear medium dark amber with a medium off white head. Aroma of citrus grapefruity hops, orange notes and flavor, caramel malt, yeast and fruity. Taste same as aroma. A medium body, slight smooth mouth feel and good carbonation. The finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast and bready notes with some citrus and grapefruit bitterness on the end for balance. Overall has a good caramel malt character, good sweetness and bitterness, a good nicely balanced brew.
Wesman (10) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle, hazy orange with a thin head. Smelled citrus and hops. Tasted like grapefruit with a bitter dry finish. A decent IPA.
quiznoaz (307) - Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear light amber, almost red. Light malty citrus aroma. Hops overpower the malt flavor, but nice body and mouth feel. Nice balance of bitterness and hop flavor, mainly citrus and tropical fruit. Good.
Luvystypotables (221) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A smooth balance beer with a mild citrus nose. Caramel colour, a nutty flavor with a hint of citrus and a slightly bitter palate.
Caytinator (776) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint on tap. Golden beer, translucent...slightly hazy, small steady head, some lacing. Medium alcohol, decent bitter taste, a little complex, nice profile overall. Nothing spectacular but definitely decent.
keepersj12 (2460) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy orange with a thin head. The aroma is mostly sweet malts. The flavor is sweet up front then has a nice fruity hop bitterness. The finish is dry and refreshing.
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hershiser2 (1147) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Golden amber with an inch of frothy white head. Smells of rotten banana and light citrus. Tastes of strong citrus, a bit of rotting fruit, and bubblegum.
Boutip (4307) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some minor lacing. Aroma of light fruity hops notes with light citrus hoppy notes as well as some dry bitter notes. Taste is a mix of dry bitter hops with light tropical and citrus notes with some caramel malt with well-balanced sweetness level. Body is about average with good carbonation. This is not bad overall but lacking the hops punch I was hoping for.
Ed5388 (1260) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a clear amber color with thin tan head. Aroma of light citrus, salt water, and caramel malt. Reminds me of the ocean for some strange reason. Taste is much better. Bitter grapefruit, citrus, lemon rind, and caramel malt.