FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A vigorous steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three finger thick, pale tan tinged head that leaves some wispy lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark copper-amber color that shows an almost clear, gold tinged, pale copper hue. The aroma smells of ample hops that is backed by a hay like, threshed grain like character. Specific notes of lime zest, wheat thins like grain (this is quite distinct), a sort of mint, herbal note, lots of cracker like grain notes, and just a general big citrus zest note that is quite distinct, but I can’t quite place it (ponzu, pomelo and lime juice). This is quite malt accented for an IPA, it is still hoppy, but I was expecting a full on hop onslaught.
Somewhat light bodied, which is exactly what I want in an IPA, there is a distinct, biting bitterness that has quite a bit of mintiness to it. There is a definite menthol character that lingers on the palate along with an astringent hop bite; though in truth the hop character is quite clean, meaning this does not have the raw hoppiness that some of the more aggressive IPAs have. The minty character mixes with a bright citrus character that leans towards tangelo, Curacao Orange zest and there is also a bit of dank hop character that really tastes distinctly of earthy, herbal freshly crushed hemp seeds. The malt isn’t quite as apparent as in the nose, but there is still easily apparent notes of dried hay / grass, cracker like malt, and just a general, fairly bit, fresh pale malt character.
This could use a bit more hop character, well if you are a raging hop head at least, but it is actually quite good anyway. I like that the crystal malt notes are kept to a low level here, this has more pale malt flavors than anything. Given my individual impressions of this beer, I wouldn’t expect to like this beer nearly as much as I do, but somehow the composition just works here; the flavor definitely works better than the nose though, the latter being a bit too malt dominated.
jcwattsrugger (11310) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle-shared by jtclockwork–pours a tight white head with trailing lace and slightly hazy yellow/gold color. Aroma is orange/lemon/pine, some light/medium malt. Taste is pine/herbal hops, secondary light/medium malt.
Beerman6686 (4840) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a dark yellow to orange color with a white head. Aroma was of nice citrus and tropical notes. Flavor was a bit of a letdown from the aroma, more maltieness and stale hops in the taste, the bright hops from the aroma are lacking. Maybe a bit old too.
jtd6628 (357) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ok at best. The color is a nice golden light copper. There is pratcitly no aroma. The taste starts off fine with a little bitterness but finishes with a few off flavors.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from beastiefan2k.
Appearance : Clear pale amber with a small head.
Aroma : Lots of malt with light herbal hops. Light floral notes. Light fruits and light honey.
Taste : Malt and herbal hops. Light fruits. Bitter finish with herbal notes. Rather bitter.
Overall : Interesting but nothing outstanding. An average IPA. Not much else to say.
jtclockwork (9623) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Jcwattsrugger. Pours apricot. White head. Nose and taste of hops, skunky hops, resin, pine and caramel malt. Moderate pine and bitter finish. Medium body.
craftbeerdesign (2197) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
shared bomber purchased at Whole Foods, Fair Lakes, VA. pours a deep orange with a 1 finger white head. citrus hop nose with orange peel. medium body with lots of citrus bitterness along with a touch of spice and light grape and banana notes. some sweet caramel malts seep through. lasting citrus bitterness on the finish with more spice and some deeper fruits.
pineypower (2609) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out a moderate orange color with a two-finger white head. Aroma is of light citrus fruits and some light malty notes. taste is light citrus, some peppery notes, light grass, some grain, light sweet malt, and a decently bitter finish. Not bad.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one and a half finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is pine, herbal, and resin hops. Flavor is mostly pine and resin hops. The hops really linger in the finish. Medium body. A good IPA.
dmac (4336) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bomber from Spirits Brick. Pours a sligjtly hazy golden orange with an a large tight foamy white head. Aroma is sligjtly honey sweet, citrus rind, lemon, pepper, bread. Fuller bodied that is creamy with average carbonation and a full finish. Flavor of citrus rind, lemon, grapefruit, crusty bread. Nice but I wish the hops were a touch more bitter and I’m surprised at how how full this beer is, not necessarily bad just different for an IPA.