Bulk_Carrier (3344) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The appearance is a hazy golden colored body with a one finger white foamy head and has some mild speckled lacing.
The smell has some bitter cooked hops that kinda come through pretty earthy but controlled with a decent backing by the malts.
The taste is bitter but sweet, not combined, just seems to hang there a bit to leave something to be desired. There is a mild malty yet bitter aftertaste with a dry finish.
On the palate, it sits about a light to medium, and comes across as fairly sessionable for the most part. Carbonation is harsh penetrating enough for an AIPA but not so much as a winter warmer.
Overall, this is not a bad beer, but not really a winter warmer, more of an AIPA that I think I would have again depending upon what else is there.
MadRobin (2659) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
Cloudy, bright copper-orange with a small khaki head and good lacing.
Aroma of citrus, floral hops, bread, pine and caramel.
Taste of pine, grapefruit, biscuit, lemon and caramel.
Medium/full body and high/medium carbonization.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
bubbleflubber (2131) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a tea-amber into the glass, with a wispy white head that leaves trace lacing. The nose is of grassy biscuits... with a weird hint of fish.... really weird. Sweet malt upfront, some nuttiness with a peppering bitter finish. The mouthfeel is a bit unilateral in underwhelming activity, not a lot of complexity going on. Maybe it just hit me at the wrong time. Average IPA, nothing standing out about the season or the complexity.
AmEricanbrew (6607) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pour. Clear light amber color with ivory head. Mild, but nice tropical fruit, perfumed light pit fruit, spicy hop aromas. Medium bodied. Nice spicy, tropical fruit hoppy flavors with light pit fruits, on a crystal malt base___nice IPA
Earlier Rating: 12/14/2008 Total Score: 3.7
Clear amber with a fleeting head. Nice piney, grassy hop aroma. Medium body with light carbonation. Good caramel and nutty malt flavors with a strong grassy hop taste in the finish. Nice winter time IPA.
Reid (2212) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz single from "Lifesource" Salem OR
Pours a slightly hazy golden colour wit a large thick and luxurious head.
Very nice hoppy aromas..mainly spruce/pine and some floral aspects, slight biscuity malt.
Taste is very balanced and sweeter than i thought it would be..a candy sugar sweetness..it mellows a bit but still sweet even to the end.Some hops but not nearly as much as anticipated by the nose.
Palte is fine enough just not good enough to support the near cloying sweetness.
OK beer just way too sweet for my tastes.
NOTE: this says Winterfish Ale under the initial title..but this is not the same as the regular Winterfish Ale i enjoy most years.
even if the alc is the same
Earlier Rating: 11/21/2006 Total Score: 4.1
12 oz single.
Darkish orange beer with a small off white head, that goes fast, leaving some lace.
Great sweet spicy hop aromas more grapefruit than pine!
Lovelly tasty IPA indeed..great flavors of pink grapefruit and sour berries and a wonderful honeyish sweetness to balance the tartness.
Very nice mouthfeel quite smooth and delictable.
Overall a very very nice IPA.
Ibrew2or3 (7910) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours with a slightly hazy deep gold body that supports a dirty white head. The aroma offers up sweet malts, pine hops, a bit of floral hops and then some mild fruity peach and apple notes. The taste begins with a pleasing mix of pine hops, some floral hops, peach, red apple and then some grapefruit citrus hops. It then slides smoothly toward the finish with a pleasing level of flavor and bitter citrus and pine hoppiness. Iím really digging this but it is a bit odd as an IIPA.
Earlier Rating: 11/29/2006 Total Score: 3.9
Poured the 12oz bottle into my cozy 16oz tumbler. The brew was copper in color and had a thin off white head. The aroma was freshly cut sweet tangelo or some apricot-grapefruit combo. Pungent. Behind the sweetness also lurks the more tart grapefruitiness of the hops. Tastes a lot like it smells. The sweet grapefruit flavor is so fresh it seems like there should be a wedge of it struggling to stay afloat in the beer. As the flavor progresses the sweetness of the grapefruit becomes more tart. At the same time the light malts begins to make an appearance. But the malts appear to be just the garnish next to the hoppy main course.
mansquito (4862) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Total Wine, McLean 12oz: Pours copper with a white head. Aroma is piny, citrusy, with some malty backbone. Taste is hoppy, but mostly in a very bitter way. Kind of cloying without even being all that sweet. I donít know, but perhaps my mood was not right for this beer, for I did not enjoy it very much.
raphael (1114) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
orange lemon hoppiness like summer, flowery. thicker than I expected, but thatís good, citrus supplemented with leather & caramel, smooth balance, clear darkish yellow with modest off white head. maybe too balanced, for my own edgy leanings. well done in its frame.
Earlier Rating: 11/21/2006 Total Score: 3.7
sharply citrus hops. head thin and quickly gone. flattish and dense in the mouth, some good aroma escaping. my tongue is quickly numbed, grapefruit peeling, vague sense of honey. quite visceral. sugar-alcohol warming. sense the malt more by the weight than what my tongue can see. the hops keeps echoing in the finish.
thehinge (290) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lively, orange, well carbonated pour. Has a decent white head. Grassy aroma. Lemony flavor on the front end with a mildly bitter finish.
downender (7627) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wines, Sterling VA. Deep gold with a slight white head. Big citrus fruits, a hint of earthy spice, warming alcohol in the finish. Good.