sfontain (822) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, Whole Foods Columbus. Orange-straw; huge white head; partial white silky covering all the way down; light lacing. Citrus, pine, bread, caramel. Flavor? You guessed it: citrus, pine, bread, caramel. Medium mouthfeel, almost silky carbonation. "Oh hey, we just put 8 billion pounds of hops into a beer. This will win awards." Blah blah blah, every one of these high-rated IPAs is basically the same. Simcoe, Columbus, Cascade. Simcoe, Columbus, Cascade. Simcoe, Columbus, Cascade. Itís no longer interesting. So tired of these.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet trade extra! This is the kind of brew that reminds you of why you love IPAs. Direct, unadulterated hop indulgence. Nothing excessive or face-wrecking, but a juicy, vibrant, full-bodied IPA that nicely integrates fresh cut grass, tangerine, and resin. Totally satisfying.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle via trade on BA. pours a gorgeous, clear, copper tinted gold capped by a dense, rocky, white head that leaves thick sheets of lace. aroma is amazing with huge, herbal, dank, resinous hops backed by heavy grapefruit, orange zest, apricots, and canned pineapple with hints of sweet caramel malts and honeysuckle as it opens up. flavor is outstanding as well with a big punch of bitter, resinous, piney hops up front that are balanced by orange peel, lemons, pink grapefruit, and prickly hints of peach, pear skins, and white grapes. palate is medium bodied with perfect carbonation and a dry, bitter, fruity hop finish. overall, an outstanding ipa that i wish i could get on a daily basis.
rangerred (970) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a one finger white head. Abundant carbonation allows a rocky head to be maintained nearly throughout the entire drink with tons of rocky lacing clinging to the glass.
Aroma just screams west coast IPA. Tons and tons of citrus from the hops and is very "in your face." Pineapple, mango, and tangerine along with a solid bready malt base. Really a mouthwatering aroma.
All of these wonderful characteristics continue over into the flavor. Tropical fruit immediately that just seems to spread across the mouth. There is a very juicy quality that I just love. Some light bread provides just enough malt to keep the hops balanced. High bitterness but not to the point of being overbearing or unpleasant. Mouthfeel is on the sticky and chalky side which I am not crazy about but it is a small price to pay.
Overall, an absolutely amazing IPA out of Ohio that rivals the best coming out of California. I am so happy I found this beer and plan on picking up many more before heading back to TN.
Loganhat (5) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear and copper in color. Good lace. Light in the nose, full on the tongue. Really nice dry hop finish.
Ontbeertaster (2346) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours a nice bright yellow, aroma is citrusy and the flavour is a nice lemon zest, well balanced, it had a nice bitterness to flavour ratio and it was yummy.
jercraigs (8106) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012-12-08. Crisp orange body with a small beige head. 3+ Modest hoppy aroma is lightly muddled, leafy green hops. Flavour is pretty hoppy, with leafy green hop undertones. Smooth average plus body. Nearly flat. Pretty decent but I suspect it is much better on tap. okay. On cask at Goodbar, Buffalo
HomelessDrew (26) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours orange with a small white head. Aroma is simcoe dank pine, with some citrusy hops. Taste is definitely hope forward with bitterness, but a bit sweeter than other west coast IPAs. Has average carbonation and a fairly light body. A very good Simcoe hop bomb, but a bit on the expensive side wherever Iíve seen it.
DialSquare (3028) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2014 12oz bottle from Andersons in Sylvania. Orange-gold pour with a thin white head and spotty lacing. Aroma is wet grass and pine. Tastes are resiny, bitter, floral, orange, grapefruit, pepper, prominent simcoe, dank, little bready, good malt backbone. Even bitter throughout. Finish is on the dry side. Medium lively palate. Yeah, lives up to billing - would drink this regularly if it was around me. Look forward to trying it on tap at the saloon in pittsburgh while eating some ridiculously big sandwich.
joshwoodward (567) - - DEC 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2012 Not my style, too much of a simcoe bomb. Way too piney. Not bad for what it is, a solid west-coast-style IPA. I just prefer more citrus driven hops.