fraternie (909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden bodied with a medium head. Crisp and hoppy throughout, with grapefruit citrus and caramel malt combining and finishing with bitter, almost metallic hops.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at 10/13/2012 at GABF. This India Pale Ale pours a light gold color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, hoppy and sweet. A medium bodied India Pale Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are citrusy and piney. Decent carbonation. A touch crisp and a little dry. Lots of hop bitterness without a lot of malt sweetness to balance it out. A touch more malt would be a good idea here. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter.
Onslow (1265) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour from a 12 oz bottle, six pack from a Soupley’s in Kokomo. Slightly cloudy orange/amber brew with a dense white head.Aroma of intense pine with citrus overtones and a bit of earth. Taste is very hops forward though there is a solid malt backbone. Citrus and herbal hops dominate. Long long lingering bitter finish. Again the earthiness in the taste and a little alcohol, surprising for the moderate ABV. Managing to standout in the world of IPA’s is something, and this one is actually rather distinctive.
hopslammer (30) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
-It smells like walking into a pinewood forest with fresh sap and (somehow) naturally occurring brown sugar. The Hops are definitely at the forefront of this beer.
-appearance is typical of an IPA - but this is a dark golden color, not straw, and not brownish. More like if you had those two colors make the baby named strown (or braw) but closer to the straw side of the family. It is kinda cloudy but creates great head that leaves some pretty decent lacing as it dissipates.
-Caution- this one is a biter! Immediately the hops take hold of my tongue and hold it for ransom, demanding more hops in return for my tongue unharmed. Luckily this beer is well balanced. It could easily be hoppy water with food coloring, but there are some malts used here. Which ones..I don’t know. BUT! They marry well, like the wives of Windsor.
-I love that aforementioned bite. It really sucks the moister out of your mouth that first drink which makes you..gasp, I know... want to drink more beer. Just enough above the thickness of water that it isn’t like water, but not so much so you couldn’t use a straw if you wanted to..for some reason (maybe you just had surgery and a straw is all you can use?)
-Overall a very solid beer from the boys at Flat 12. These guys keep impressing me. They’re stuff is good enough that it is almost as if they’re *forcing* me to go out and buy more F12 beers...oh those guys...
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours medium orange. Nose is citrus and bitter citrus to rinds with some fruitiness. Nose also has stinger elements of a sweet muddled bready malt character. Flavor is citrusy but again comes out with some almost nutty, biscuity, crackery, and toasted bread malt the messes it up for me. Green grassy and lasting bitterness. This one is a bit over the top in my opinion.
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 5, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle served in my GI IPA tulip: Nice glowing coppery hue with a long lasting head and good lace. The aroma has heavy notes of orange rind, onion, catty, resiny, pink grapefruit and light mango from the hops. Very minimal pale malt notes. The taste is quite straight forward and one note. Heavy alpha acid bitterness with some citrus tones. What malt character there is is almost chalky. The mouth feel is aggressive and biting. I must say I am disappointed with this brew after the enjoyment that is Flat 12 Porter. Just drinkable.
queenholly (3502) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Sweet caramel malt and floral pineapple/orange/pine hops aroma. Hazy honey color with a large thick off-white head. Strong pine hops flavor. Medium to full body. Personally, I’d like it better if it had more malt balance.
screigh (511) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light copper color. Nice sticky white head that left plenty of lacing. Hoppy aroma with hints of pine. Very spicy hop flavor with flavors of vegetation, citrus and pine. Some hard hitting bitterness. Not much malt to back it up but not a problem with this beer.
GnarlyGnome (773) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a nice golden color with a off white head. Very citrusy. Typical ipa, which isn’t a bad thing.
drowland (6841) - Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/11/12. GTMW. Orange pour with a nice khaki head. Really nice hopped up aroma with plenty of citrus and pine in there. More subdued hop profile in the flavor and more of the maltiness comes through. Not bad!