highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I guess quality pale ales like this are a dime a dozen in the States, but some of us would kill to have this on the shelves here in Oz. There are some good pale ales down under but none that manage this wonderful marriage of crystal malt and Pacific Northwest hops. (Matilda Bay Alpha Pale Ale would be the closest contender.) This is a cracking middleweight IPA with plenty of punch and just enough held in reserve to go 15 rounds. Okay, 12 rounds. 10? The point is, it’s as sessionable as a beer can be at these abv levels. Poured a cloudy Lucozade orange with a sloppy head and some lace. Rich aroma of toffee malts and puckering lychee. Medium-bodied and a bit sticky, with moderate carbonation. In the mouth, it’s big, bruising and delicious. Caramel backbone and resinous hops. Lovely stuff. (355ml bottle from IBS, Perth. BB 1/7/08)
NachlamSie (2751) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Leaf & Ale. Pours a cloudy copper color with a small white ring of a head. The aroma is not ridiculous, but it is very bright and citrusy with plenty of delightful hop notes. I sure do love Columbus. The flavor is very well balanced with emphasis on juicy, citrusy hops. Hints of lemon drops, pine, caramel, flowers, honey, green tea. This is a really tasteful IPA. I enjoy the upgrades Flying Dog has taken here. I could use more hops, of course, but this will do. Oh yes, tihs will do.
hopdog (8852) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Poured a deeper golden colro wtih an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus and floral hops. Tastes of citrus, light caramel, floral, and some spicey hops. Lacing left on the glass.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Snake Dog IPA is a very clear and sparkling light amber ale with a thin, oily, off-white head that leaves great lacing. Orange peel dominates the aroma, with a backdrop of crackers. It’s medium bodied; smooth with a slightly chalky finish. The flavor balance is great. The citrus bitterness is like tangerine and pine needles. First, it’s juicy. Later in the flavor is the alcohol and black pepper and juniper, which lingers. It’s an enjoyable IPA.
dlihcsnatas (286) - Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light Amber in color with a typical strong hop aroma that one comes to expect with an IPA. Poured a nice head that held on for most of the time it took to drink this one. The taste was spicy in nature with little notice to the citris. Left me with a nice hoppy aftertaste that lingers a while.
chandler0201 (640) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color at pour, kind of bitter taste as typical of IPA’s, but its as it should be. Smooth aftertaste however.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
White head on a copper body. I’m rather partial to IPA’s, and this is a good one. It has the hoppy taste, is refreshng and even has the good sense of informing about its alcohol content on the label, which is a rarity among American beers;
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Much better than the privious ipa. poured copper colored with a whilte head that dissipated quickly. dank hop aroma, some citrus. flavor was much the same, the dry hopping with columbus is really evident to me. a little bit to ruff for my palate, but it was decent.
That1Guy (1892) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flavor certainly has bite, but it’s missing out on the other two accessories. Nose isn’t that strong and the palate leaves a bit of a stale taste. Not in the league of Two Hearted, but it’s aight. I’d get it again.
jmw141 (134) - Canton, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle pour. Pours a wonderful BRIGHT copper, very shiny. Thin head, nothing special. Very strong hoppy aroma. Wonderfully hoppy taste leads to a crisp refreshing bitter finish.