McGarnigle (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from 12-pack. This one’s a looker: clear copper with sustaining white head. Smells of citrus hops (dry-hopped w/ Columbus). Tasty hop flavor, although not really all that bitter. Hops are floral and spicy as well as citrusy. Malts have their say as well. Body is medium-to-full.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours clear golden orange with thick light off-white head. Aroma is light with hops and light citrus. Flavor is citrus hops, malts, citrus. Finishes bitter but doesn’t have big hop flavor you expect from an IPA. Reminds of the shitty IPAs you find in no name airport breweries.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Code 303FX08; Sampled August 2008
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear red-stained, amber color that shows a rich copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is definitely American in its focus with notes of sweet grapefruit, lychee, super ripe tangelo and bright orange zest. Some caramel grain notes and some biscuit-malt notes, especially towards the finish, provide just a touch of malt character to the nose.
Sweet malt has a touch of a caramelized edge to it, but really serves as support for fruity hop notes of lychee, bergamot and tangelo. There is also a biting, pine-needle edge to this beer that wraps up with a substantially bitter finish that really tempers the caramelized sweetness from the mouth found up front. My mouth feels scrubbed clean by the aggressive hop bite in the finish. The substantial pine flavors take a turn towards the herbal at times with notes of hemp seed and almost a rosemary like note. A touch of dry malt character in the finish contributes flavors of lightly browned, whole-grain crackers as well as a touch of bread crust Maillard browning flavors. This is nice and quaffable as a good IPA should be; it has enough heft to carry the ample hop character, but not so much as to take this beyond a light-medium fullness.
This is quite a characterful IPA, lots of hop flavors with a good balance between fruit and sharp herbal notes. I consider this an easily found alternate for when I need a decent hop fix.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
JohnCoyne (73) - Alabama, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells of juicy grapefruit, nice thick hops and balanced malt underneath. Pours an orange/copper color with a medium white head that took its time fading. Taste is of dark hops, thick and heavy with a good malt presence and a biting bitter finish. Thick mouthfeel.
ha1ag (716) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at ’t Pothuiske. Nice pure clear golden color, with bubbles from carbonation. Almost no head. Aroma is hops with fruits and stings of alcohol. Boring.
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear amber with a fluffy golden head. The nose is hoppy - not as much as some american IPAs - and not very complex. The palate is surprisingly thick and oily with a nice fresh and bitter floral taste with a tense bitter and hoppy finish with a aciding finishing-palate - Medium carbonated.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a clear copper color with a one finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Has a light perfume/herbal hop aroma. Flavor is lightly sweetened malt, esters, and hops. A decent balance. Palate is fairly smooth and not overly bitter. Medium body. A nice IPA.
ghawener (1458) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - AUG 10, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
At RateBeerians tasting session. Thanks to Menendez Brothers. Bottle: Strong hop punch but fades instantly in each sip.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours brilliant, clearish, copper color with a moderate size, crisp white head, some lace. Smells hoppy citrusy and bright, slightly sweet. Tastes hoppy citrusy and clean malty sweet. Great balance. Good citrus, some slight bitterness. Medium body, good carbonation.
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - AUG 10, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to my wife who brought it all the way down from Naples, Fl. Pours an amber color with white head. Light bodied, light taste, felt a bit watery and unidimensional.