NachlamSie (2784) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a crystalline amber with a tall, frothy head. I can tell by the aroma that I am in for one seriously hoppy beer, though the aroma itself is not extremely strong given the style. Straight up pure Centennial in the nose with piercing pine and subtler citrus. Pretty dank stuff. The mouthfeel is just a little sticky, great for the style. Yeah. This is a perfectly clean hop delivery for those in need of a serious IPA. Dank ganja, pine, and decent citrus with woody afterthoughts and a timid caramel sweetness. I would expect nothing less from Founders. They pull off such a variety of beers with amazing finesse.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orangish copperish color with a decent tan head. Floral, piney hop aroma with notes of caramel. Fresh and green tasting with hints of grapefruit and pine. Strong caramel background. Decent.
BeerBunker (724) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Pours a murky orange with a foamy white head. Heavy carbonation. Aroma is of hops, citrus, and caramel. The caramel is very prevalent in the aroma. Very bitter taste of hops, bubblegum, and pine, with a strong caramel malt presence underlying. Very light body. Finish is extremly bitter and dry. Mouthfeel is very sticky. Less hops for bitterness, and a few more for sweetness might have helped to even this beer out.
nearbeer (3780) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. Clear copper with a lasting half inch of foam and crunchy lace. Aromas of resin, caramel, citrus and light cocoa. Flavors of caramel and grapefruit on the front with resin and toasted nut more pronounced on the long dry finish. Balanced aftertaste of bitter resin and Fruit Loops. Almost medium body is too fizzy and airy.
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours slightly hazy copper color with a frothy off white head. Nice pine and grapefruit hop aroma. Wonderfully balanced flavor, sweet toffee and caramel malts with the perfect amount of pine, grapefruit and grassy hops. Full body with a nice sticky palate, the somewhat high alcohol content is very well hidden. Excellent IPA.
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - NOV 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taste 11/8 Bottle. Looks: Clear Amber body with a thin, heavy head. Aroma : Nice pine and citrus mix. A little malt, some roast. Taste: Nice hop to malt balance. Fullness of taste and aroma. Spicy and well blended.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
-golden reddish brown mostly hoppy nose. Flavor just has a tad of crystal malt with a lot of grapefruit-bitterness and flavor from the centennial hops with a mild floral appearance at the end. A solid one hop beer.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich orange with a medium frothy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving webs of lacing. A lot of particulate here.....I shouldn’t have poured it this quick, but particulate like this is a rarity for an IPA. Aroma is intense grapefruit, some grassiness and pine. Taste is much the same with a thin mouthfeel with some unsweetened tea in there. Pretty good and drinkable on the bitter spectrum.
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2008 12oz bottle into pint,mug,and snifter.Liked the mug best of the three.Slightly hazy orange/amber pour with 1-2 fingers of fluffy white head,plenty of lacing all the way down.Aroma is hoppy grapefruit,pine,and spice at first,as it warms you get more of the caramel malt. Flavor is very balanced,citrus,pine resin,and this chewy sticky caramel/honey thing going on in flavor and mouthfeel.The soft carbonation and a medium body make this go down way too easy . I waited to try this only because I can get it anytime,I’m going to keep some of this on hand from now on. Very Good !
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle served in a tulip glass. Hazy copper body topped by a nice off-white head. Big piney, grapefruit nose. Taste is pine, toffee, grapefruit, tea, and a hint of chocolate. Quite balanced, very drinkable. The balance swings toward dry at the finish, which lasts for quite a while. Very yummy.