hayduke (3076) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a hazy orange with a big gold head and medium lacing. Nose of citrus and a hint of the agave. Medium body. Smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is very rich and full of citrus. Agave in he finish but hops still dominate. Really tasty and good drinking.
Strykzone (4198) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Hayduke. We had this together via facebook chat. Ron was a little busy brewing the Obama Honey Wheat beer. This poured very hazy after being rolled. A big golden tinted head faded quickly enough. The malts were tasted first along with fruit. Citrus hops are somewhat bitter but overly so. Grapefruit. Lemon is tasted at some point. The finish is more hoppy than the start. This is nice.
ben4321 (3347) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from State Line, 11/4/12, My First Post-Sandy Tick, itís good to be back home!
Aroma: The nose has a citrus hop presence, agave, and some underlying spice as well
Appearance: It pours an unclear orange color with a small, bubbly white head and light lace
Flavor: It is light-medium sweet, a bit fruity, some rosemary/spice, and a medium hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, it has an average-to-lively carbonation, and a fairly dry finish
Overall, this is a very solid IPA. I thought the agave and rosemary worked pretty well, and are both subtle enough as to not overwhelm the beer. Very solid addition to the 12 Beers of the Apocalypse Series (of which I have now ticked the first 7). I hope I get to try, and look forward to trying, the next 5 beers in this quality series.
dfearnley (550) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to flute
Aroma of tequila, pepper, hops, and grapefruit. Colour is a slightly hazy orange with a thin off white head. Taste is intensely hoppy and slightly sweet and tangy. Mouthfeel is a little thin and oily.
Brigadier (2600) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle
My contribution to the evening with this beer. Apparently Elysian has just appeared in Pennsylvania which makes me optimistic about them potentially backtracking towards the Midwest (if they can keep up with demand). A fine beer, I wish were more than just a one off. Maybe someone else will take a stab at an agave IPA so I donít have to wait years.
Aroma / Appearance - Mostly opaque, the mandarin orange body shimmers with life. Wisps of bubbly head drift on the surface like chunks of sea foam. Basil takes over the nose at first like an out of control herb garden. Agave is also present in a combination that is simultaneously tropical and earthy.
Flavor / Palate - Earthiness persists as the basil transitions to canned peaches and mangoes ripe from the vine. The hops are not as strong as I was initially anticipating but are still fairly robust. I canít wait to get my hands on other entries if they are rereleased in the future.
Mora2000 (5132) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.
The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of rosemary and agave - unsurprisingly - with some biscuit malt thrown in. The flavor is similar. The rosemary notes really come through strongly in the flavor, but they are jointed by some biscuit and other assorted herbal notes. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
BMMillsy (960) - Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had on tap at Elysian next to Safeco. A nice orange hue with fluffy head. Smells of passion fruit and piney hops. Nice flavor. The fruit is only slight, with mild hop bitterness. Wasn't crazy about this one, but a good changeup from the usual.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BrewDad (4493) - Olympia, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice IPA and spices in the aroma. Good malt and tons of spices in the flavor. I get the rosemary for sure and the hops stand out well.
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: I donít know about noticing much distinct rosemary or agave, but this was a very nice IPA. There was sweet nectar up front and herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Perfect balance. Bonus point for being better than the sum of its parts.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a hazy dark yellow to light orange with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma had light cake, pale malt, cake icing and I guess agave sweetness; light herbal and citric orange hops; ever so slight alcohol; orange; apricot; peaches; and herbs (probably rosemary). The initial flavor was moderately sweet, lightly bitter and slightly acidic; while the finish was moderately sweet and bitter and lightly acidic with an average duration. There was honey, I guess agave nectar, a little bit of citrus hops, herbal hops, oranges, herbs, maybe rosemary, peaches and apricot. The medium body was dry with fizzy carbonation and a dry and slightly metallic finish.
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice malt character; a bit on the sweet side. Thereís also a light fruitiness here. The rosemary is unobtrusive and adds a mild but interesting herby quality. Bitterness is moderate at the end, but is somewhat accentuated by the rosemary. Nice change of pace form traditional IPA. Hopheads will not care for it.