PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. The name says it all. This one has all you’d expect in appearance, palate, and scent from an IPA, but the taste stands out. After the hay hop bomb explosion up front, there’s a brown, malty kick to finish it out.
lamas (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Barley’s and Hop’s, Bethel Park, PA on 02/11/12. Poured a murky copper color with a thick beige head. The aroma consisted of a decent amount of caramel maltiness, light biscuity qualities, some grapefruits, and a little pine. Went down medium-bodied with no real surprises taste-wise. Caramel and biscuity flavors were present upfront. Bittering citrus fruits and rinds were noticeable at the end. A touch of harsh rye here and there. A splash of sour lemon in the finish. I would’ve thought that a brewery’s flagship beer should’ve been more memorable.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On keg at the Craft Beer Co. Pours a slightly cloudy golden colour with a decent white head. Lovely hoppy aroma of pine, passion fruit, pineapple and caramel. Similar flavours. Nice and bitter with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Alcohol is well balanced. Nice.
altonbrownd (3766) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at beer temple. Nice amber body w medium head. Nose hoppy and nice taste is sweet hops with prickly texture. Really enjoyable. Nice!
tkrjukoff (4020) - SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Pours cloudy dark amber with a good creamy beige head leaving lacing. Aroma is weak to medium fruity, malty, citric, soapy and hay. Flavor is fruity, phenolic, apples, pears, caramel, citric, piny, bitter and malty. Finishes longlived bitter and caramel sweet.
ReggieDunlap (3009) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy blonde/honey color with a medium creamy white head. Aroma has some spicy and tea-like hops. Flavor has spicy, bitter hops...leafy...lightly biscuity. Mouthfeel is light/medium with a bitter, dry finish.
PotjeBier (1583) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Beer Temple. Orange/amber color. Off white head, good lace. Aroma: sweet malt & resiny hops, nicely balanced. Flavor is medium bitter and lightly (malty) sweet. Body is fuller than I expected from 5.8%. Firm bitter finish. Nice!
Borresteijn (4541) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Beer Temple. Hazy golden colour, dense rocky white head. Aroma of dusty malts, flowery hops, oranges, citrus. Flavour is malty, dry, dusty, oranges, flowery hops, citrus bitter finish. Medium bodied. Really enjoyable beer, reminded me of XX Bitter. Good.
MarkSachon (551) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not overwhelming or excessive in the use of hops and a pleasant, non-bitter aftertaste. No recoil on the nose.
callmemickey (2475) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 A: Orange-amber body with a moderate fluffy off-white cap... decent retention but mediocre lacing
S: Bold, assertive pine and grapefruit bitter notes, slight sweet malt backbone
T: Less profound than the nose, but decent none the less... unfortunately doesn’t live up to the "big hop" name... decently balanced malt-hop ratio, and subtle pine and grapefruit notes... not particularly bitter
M: Smooth, medium-light body, somewhat rounded finish
O: Decent all around ipa... not as complex as the big boys, but a good drinker nonetheless