Slipstream (1866) - USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2012 Draft at Whole Foods. Dark amber pour with a thick head. Light aroma of piney hops, yeast, and a touch of skank. The taste is very good - loads of sprucey, resinous hops that jump out, then back, then re-emerge in the finish. There are malt and menthol notes, along with some warmth and lemon peel. Very good IPA. This was my first from Empire and hopefully not the last. The craft beer scene in New York continues to grow.
jflopsu (294) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a light orange. Has a faint lager aroma (malt and slight citrus hops). Very malty beer with a strong malt aftertaste. Taste also has some light citrus hop.
TylerGreenDC (129) - - NOV 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft. No aroma that I can find. Slightly cloudy amber color. No lacing. Flavor is tart orange. Malts are toasty caramel. Beer finishes chewy. Good argument for IPAs being broken into two styles as this is a strong East Coast IPA.
cfrancis (2016) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy golden with moderate white top. Aroma is floral and citrus hops. Taste is a bold up front floral and citrus hop bitterness with bready malts to help ease you out.
nramsburg (252) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definitely a fruitier IPA. Rather creamy for a finish. Easily my favorite from this brewery.
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Beerman6686 (3550) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This one poured a semi cloudy lighter orange color with an off white head. Aroma was of caramel malt, light dirt and herbal hops. Flavor was lightly fruity and bitter, a bit dirty and herbally. Drinkable but not good.
nimbleprop (3875) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
10oz pour at Pony Bar HK. Pours a clear orange with some tight, white head. Nose is lightly piney, light honey, light grass, some dried lemon peel. Flavor is lightly malty, lightly sweet, light green grass, some pine, some crackers. Medium bodied, dry finish.
jredmond (4597) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at pony bar HK with streets and Annie. Pours a golden body with thick white lacing. Aroma is nice faint pine hop. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of bitter citrus, grapefruit, and light bitter pine.
msante79 (2187) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Dinosaur BBQ. Pours clear orangish amber with small white head. Aromas of caramel malts, grapefruit, and grassy hops. Flavors of sweet caramel malts, some hop bitterness, little bread, grapefruit, and touch of orange. Lacking bitterness and balance. Average IPA.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at the Bohemian Hall: Pours amber with an off white head that has okay retention. Clean C-hop aroma. Piny, citrusy and some crystal malt huskiness. Light body. Dry and husky flavor. Lots of crystal malt. As it warms it gets more husky and slightly astringent.
jackl (3476) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg @ Alewife, Queens. Pours deep amber with a small white head. The nose is light honeyed bread, some mild fresh citrus, grass. The taste is nicely balanced. Honey short bread, nice malt base with hints of yellow apple. There’s an assertive bitter hop presence in the finish. Light citrus and dried grass. Smooth, easy to drink. Overall, an accomplished, balanced IPA.