egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear amber color with a medium sized off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, light pine, citrus fruits, caramel malts, toffee, and some toast. Taste of sticky caramel malts, pine, some toffee, toast, citrus fruits, grapefruit, and a bitter finish.
TomDecapolis (4386) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Josh for sharing this one. Pours a translucent golden amber with a medium bubbly off white head. Aroma was a handful of American hop pellets, orange zest, floral notes, perfume, caramel and bready malt. Flavor of...you got it...a ton of fresh American hops. Iced tea, floral notes, lots of citrus, toasted malt and bready.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs. Pours a clear bright copper color with thick inital head...soft lacing as it disappears. Nose is full of fresh floral, citrus, resin, hibiscus, basil and earthy spices....really nice nose. Taste is shaved grapefruit rind, woody characters, biscuit malts and hops that are layered very well. Finish is so smooth for an IPA that has so much hop character. Medium bodied beer with perfect carbonation. A truly easy drinking IPA.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a crystal clear copper color with a one finger thick off white head. Very light lacing. Aroma is citrus and floral hops, and light toasted malt. Flavor is a nice balance between hops and malt. Medium body. A very easy drinking IPA. I like this one.
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught as guest beer at Dark Lord Days 2008. Pours a clear copper amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that leaves behind some spotty lacing and a thin white ring. Aroma of light caramel malt, some lemon and grapefruit zest, a touch of yeast and some bushel basket wood. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of lemon and grapefruit zest, light caramel malt a touch of pine and some white pepper. Finish has a mild bitterness that lingers around after the finish. The extra alcohol is well hidden in this IPA.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and served in standard pint glass: Clean coppery golden hue with a fading but lasting frothy head which left very good lace upon the glass. The aroma has notes of aromatic, citric, resiny, spicy and leafy hops along with some biscuity pale malts and a hint of chalky yeast esters. The taste is pretty much straight forward hop bitterness and acidity with just a hint of malt in the background. The finish is hop spicy and a bit astringent. There is also a note of the 8% alcohol found within. The mouth feel is aggressive and biting, lively and metallic. A good IPA that delivers on the promise of hop bitterness.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear gold-amber with a white head that dissipates, then clings. Aroma is fruity and earthy, some sweet caramel notes. Malt character is appropriate light caramel, fruity esters and earthy hop tones take over, not too bitter and the alcohol is not noticeable. Medium-light mouth feel, finish pleasantly clean with earthy notes hanging. This is obviously an english IPA and it hits the style very well, but alas I am tainted by the west coast hops. I could drink this when encountered and it surely would out shine most brews available in local haunts, but I am not inclined to purchase a sixer - and I was actually hoping that I would like it enough for that purpose.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Dark Lord Day 08. Pours a dark golden color with a off white head. This is how I want all my IPA’s to smell and taste. There are very intense smells of pine and citrus. Medium mouthfeel leads to a hoppy citrusy piney like brew that leaves me wanting more.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at DLD. Very big nose of fruity hops. A little simcoe characte, but overall a nice rendition of an IPA. Clear and copper/gold. Nice.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a very drinkable ipa that I will actually buy...
but the nose is way better than the taste
the hop flavor is a bit harsh and what not
but......it is a solid IPA and much much better than most