crazyvin (1963) - New York, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice orange amber body with a nice white head that had excellent retention and no lace. Aroma had a nice slightly resinous hop presence some caramel malts. Flavor was slightly sweet and moderately bitter, at times seeming astringent. Finish was light and smooth.
Darkmagus82 (1729) - - AUG 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a nice orange amber color with a half finger head of billowy white foam. The head fades fairly fast leaving a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of pine with lots of sweeter fruity aromas of passion fruit, tangerine and some mango. Along with the fruit and pine are some light earthy smells as well as a bit of a grapefruit hop aroma, which overall produce a rather robust and inviting aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready and doughy taste with some dank hop tastes of a earthy and herbal nature. Some fruit sweetness of tangerine is present upfront with it soon being joined by other tropical fruit flavors of the passion fruit and mango that were detected in the nose. All the while a modest amount of grapefruit and pine come to the taste with the pine being the stronger on the two. In the end, with the mix of flavors that is left to linger on the tongue, one is left with a somewhat modest and dank bitter but still fruity and sweet flavor in the mouth.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner and lighter side with a carbonation level that is rather low. A bit more thickness in body and higher carbonation may have suited the mix of fruit and dank hop flavors slightly better, but even said the overall feel was rather decent.
Overall – Not a hop powerhouse but still rather balanced overall, with a not overly citrus flavor profile. A fairly nice drinker.
generallee08 (714) - New York, USA - JUL 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a short description of the beer but there is no abv listed.
Appearance: The body has a very cloudy look with an orange amber color and a tall off white head. It’s head holds on well and makes some nice lacing on the glass.
Smell: The aroma has a big pine like hops punch with a touch of orange rind citrus and deep malty sweetness.
Taste / Palate: Right up front there is a solid piney resin like hop presence with a good solid malty backbone. Deep bready maltiness adds some sweetness that mixes with some tropical fruity hops notes in the finish. The palate feels smooth and full with good carbonation.
pinkzambia (1505) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 17, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap: almost clear copper color with a small white head. Mild hop aroma with a small hop presence in the aroma. The flavors are almost immediately stolen by the marauding malts. What? Is this a pale ale? Weird musty aftertaste.
berkshirejohn (4587) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Wegman’s, Buffalo, NY. Golden amber with a dense cream head;attractive, sweet, resinous aroma; rich, resinous hoppy taste; wth a smooth and lengthy finish, with a touch of tropical fruit. A rather elegant American IPA.
Guerde (1175) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle from UDBeernut for Krampus) Pours a hazy and murky iced tea color with a medium off-white head. Looks a little better when held up to the light, but somewhat off-putting when it’s out of it. A two-faced beer. Aroma is interesting, but in an oddly good way, with scents of raisin, iced tea (probably influenced by the color), lychee fruit, onion, and maybe some kind of guava or papaya type of thing. Weird, wild, stuff. The flavor isn’t as beguiling, although the iced tea concept carries through here into the flavor along with some subtle stings of piney, resinous hops. Bit of orange or even lemon zest here too. Faint streak of that guava-like character, but not as dominant as it was in the aroma. Finish is pretty bad, with just an intensely drying astringency from the hops not letting go even after five minutes post-consumption. Medium mouthfeel that’s kind of spritzy. Overall this beer was interesting enough, but needs a few tweaks to be any good.
beechner224 (686) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours orange with white head. Aroma is mix of malt and hops, more sweetness than I would think. Taste is sweet too, hops are there, but much milder than I would like. Aftertaste is bad.
jb (2227) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Bob. This is more of an EPA or APA than IPA, but I didn’t let that bother me too much as I enjoyed it. The nose is divine. A bouquet of grapefruit. After that it is malt dominated, just a hint of hops in the palate. Looks are clear and copper with dotted lacing. Finishes clean and dry.
merc7186 (2149) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: Orangish/Amber Hue, Passes Lots of Light, Think White Head, Great Lacing
S: Oranges, Mild Grapefruit, Mild Piney, Mild Tropical Fruit
T: English Malts, Mild Piney, Somewhat Skunky
M: Great Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Mildly Bitter
Overall, you can definitely tell they used English Malts but it almost gave off a skunky finish with the hops they used. Mediocre at best. The style would be best described as an English Pale Ale, not an IPA.
UncleMcHoppy (26) - Old Tappan, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Strange cloudiness in the glass, reminiscent of the waters of Lake Erie circa 1966. Upfront burst of hops leaves an unpleasant metallic aftertaste well before you've reached the bottom of the glass. I suggest you continue west on I-90 to Cleveland for your Great Lakes IPAs.
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thndrdan (3) - Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2013 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from a Tops in Buffalo. Pretty harsh hops but I like the blend of floral tones and pure number of hops represented.
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