verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear orange body with a thin white head. Citrus, pine, and grass. Very thin body but plenty of flavor.
JStax (2400) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Appearance is a semi-hazy copper with a one finger width head of white foam. Alright head retention. Aroma is resiny and piney. Definitely a good bit of hop character in the aroma. Taste is not nearly as in your face as the aroma. The bitterness is very much subdued in this, making it an easy beer to drink. Mouthfeel is sticky and chewy. Iím glad this beer made it to Ohio. I could see drinking this one regularly.
Florida9 (7) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2012 does not count
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light golden in color. Clear. Forms a small white head that quickly reduces to not much more than a ring around the edge. Some light lacing. Aroma is pretty good: lots of tropical hops and juicy citrus with just a bit of pale malts. Unfortunately the taste isnít nearly as good as the aroma. The malts are rather low and while the hops are certainly present, they almost seem out of place. Itís not that the beer is lacking balance, itís just the the hops just donít taste as great as they smell. Body is thin with a bit of a spicy feel in the mouth. Mild-to-moderate bitterness. Overall, something just seems off with this beer. I love hops and this beer has plenty of them, but the lack of an appreciable malt backbone does nothing for them. Sure, itís easier to drink than most IPAs, but I really just wouldnít want to.
MrBunn (2321) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a nice gold with a thin head and yummy aromas of citrus and tropical fruit. Flavor is a let down... aromas got me really excited, but flavor is a bit meh. Kind of washed out with some nice hops bitterness, but little balance.
zizzybalubba (1258) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Pours the expected rusty orange with a bright white head. Aroma of grassy and Earthy hops mostly with just a hint of caramel sweetness. There is enough hop bitterness that I would say this is an IPA rather than just a pale ale although the flavor is plenty balanced. There is no wow factor with this beer other than the fact that this is a very flavorful 4.7% ABV beer. That alone makes this one a keeper in my opinion.
emacgee (3748) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clean bright lemon rind yellow with one finger of frothy white head. Nose is nice and fresh with lots of citrus zest and resin. Grapefruit and a spicy grassy character. Very light bodied and dry, zesty and spicy. Citrus shows. Needs body and a bit of substance in the mouthfeel. Still very nice.
Wolfenkopf (166) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is a balance of hops, nuts and lightly skunky malt. It is light amber with a white head which leaves laces. The brew has a hoppy, wheaty, lemony taste without being sweet. It has a carbonation bite to it, but beyond that, is lightly silky on the palate and it finishes quite dry. The aftertaste that develops is a bit sour.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Samís Quik Shop. Pours orange-hued amber with a modest white head. Nose is orange/citrus, grassy hops, and a touch of resin. Fresh and light smelling. Taste suffers from a thinness, but what can you expect from this low abv? Solid brew if you want a light hoppy beer for the summer, but Iím more likely to go for a pils.
Dogbrick (6863) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange (as "All Day IPA). Pours a lustrous clear yellow-orange color with a medium bone white head that burns away steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Light body with a moderately bitter hops character that has grassy and fruity notes. Malt and caramel in the background. The finish is hoppy with a citrus aftertaste. Solid "Session IPA" overall.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Whole Foods, Durham. Like Sam said below, this certainly doesnít seem to possess much in the way of IPA characteristics even though itís pale, hoppy, and pleasantly bitter. In that sense, itís both a nicely done session APA with a lot of characteristics of a hoppy bitter like Bitter Brewer or Bitter American (albeit with slightly more citric hops in the Founders brew). Solid and enjoyable.