thorongil2 (1239) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottle) hazy, orange-amber colour; small, lasting off white head; aroma of hops, citrus, resin; powerful hops taste; long bitter finish; well balanced with well hidden alcohol
Shakesbeere (212) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great aroma of very strong Cascade hops. Flavor is especially bitter and very alcoholic. It seems a lot heavier in hops and alcohol than other IPAs. As expected, some hints of citrus grapefruit and floral scent. Very good bitter taste, but also very strong tasting.
shadrock7 (5) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2009 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Bought this on a whim, will never look back. Great smell after opening the bottle, even had to sniff twice it smelled so good; very smooth going down, with a subtle kick, right at the end. Got a buzz on after two! Again, canít get over the very smooth delivery.
jmm635 (860) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour with a very creamy off-white head. Strong hoppy aroma with lots of character. Citrusy, grapefruit, very floral, and a decent amount of malts. You can tell this one is dry hopped because of the crisp hop taste and finish. Very nice!
CanIHave4Beers (3280) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A beautiful label gracing a very beautiful beer. Pours a hazy golden with a good head and sheets of lace. The aroma has a great mango and citrus hop thing going, then there is this gummy worm character to the aroma, I kind of like it. Flavor is of course nicely hoppy with some mango and grassy hop flavor, and plenty of bitterness. This is terribly well balanced by a nice malt backbone. Itís kind of straightforward in the same way that two hearted is.... and of course thatís not where the comparisons end.
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the Wine Merchant in Findlay, OH. Pours caramel brown with an off-white head. Lots of particulates here. Nose is caramel malt, grapefruit, and some floral hops. Flavor is caramel, grapefruit, some honey, and an enjoyable hop bite upon the finish. Nice hot day beer with balanced bitterness.
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2009 bottle bought at traders joes pours amber and cloudy with small off white head aromas of hops floral and citrus and pale and malts flavor is big on pine and citrus hops with a sweet malty backbone and a dry bitter fiinsh
coyotehunter (678) - , Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I guess I should rate this. Hard to believe uit hasnt been done until now. On tap at the brewpub 7/18/09. Pours a nice amber with a medium light tan head. Big notes of grapefruit and pine in the nose and flavor. Very crisp finish. Still a very good IPA.
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, amber pour with big foam and lace, aroma and flavor have a sweet floral citrus character upfront, can be a little cloying, finish is nice
hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím just getting acquainted with these michigan microbrews, I never had a clue but thereís some pretty good shit up there. I was told by dude at the store that Founders "blows Bellís out of the water", but as far as the IPAs go I would have to disagree. Donít get me wrong though, Founders Centennial is good. Itís quite good. But Bellís Two Hearted was excellent, and definitely a step up from this guy. This one is a little less hoppy than I like, but it is strong and tasty. Some IPAs just taste like hops and donít have much character, but this is not one of those. The color is medium-dark and a little murky for an IPA, itís beautiful. Smell and mouthfeel are pretty typical for an IPA. For the price, Iíd prefer a Stone or a Bellís, but itís definitely not a waste. Itís a fucking solid high-end IPA