Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2007 Bottle from1FastSTi. Clear golden/yellow color. Nice white head. The taste was of citrus hops and some malts. For some strange reason I tasted chocolate in the finish.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
I love Founderís beers, Red Rye and Black Rye in particular. This IPA was not one of my favorites, as it is extremely grassy-tasting, reminiscent to me of Bellís Hopslam.
It pours a red color with an abundant white head. It smells vaguely sour (at least for an IPA) with a cut-grass smell. The flavor is hoppy, but not in a sweet, citrusy, floral, or piney way. Instead, this hoppy taste is slightly sour and tastes a bit like cut-grass, like Bellís Hopslam. I didnít particularly care for this approach to an IPA, although I can see how others might feel differently.
Mouthfeel was good...fine bubbles which denoted the feeling of softness and sophistication.
I wonít be drinking this beer again, yet I would recommend it just because it is a bit unique.
Beerio (48) - USA - JAN 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer has a fuckin load of sediment floating around. It was pretty good, not as great as I was led to believe. Nice flavors, and hop aroma, but not as potent as some other, more favorable IPAs. Itís better than Harpoon, and a slew of other macro IPAís, but this couldnít even suck the Stone Ruinationís cock.
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge bubbly pour. Hop and citrus aromas. I love IPAís but, not a fan of the Centennial Hop due to bitterness. Good but not great beer.
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a bright orange-red color with lingering off-white head and good lacing thru the entire glass. Aroma was floral and grapefruit/citrus. Flavor was more citrus, and the finish was smooth, slightly bitter, and very hoppy. A good beer.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a lightly hazy, deep red-amber color and is topped by a frothy, yet thinnish, tan colored head that starts out about half a finger thick. The aroma is predominantly hop focused with leading, sweetish grapefruit like note. At times it even smells like candied orange peel, or even orange spice cookies. A bock drop of sweet caramelized malt character accentuate the citrus hop notes. There is also a touch of toasty, biscuit-like notes that add a hint of dryness to the nose.
The taste is tart up front, but more from the hop character than anything. A solid biting bitterness leaves a tingling sensation on my tongue. The beer seems to taste a bit murky for some reason, though I am not entirely sure yet if this is a bad thing or not. Dusty biscuit-like malt notes and a crystal malt character are in evidence as well. Actually the murky notes seem to stem from the malt character; it is just a bit much for this to work as a pure celebration of the Centennial hops. Not a bad beer certainly, but it could use some bright, clean, sweet malt notes to accentuate the hops a bit more. While the aroma ran towards the sweet side of the citrus hop spectrum, the flavor has more of a tart edge to it. Again it is a grapefruit note that dominates, but there is a touch of sour orange and perhaps even a slight tangerine note. A solid beer, and one which I certainly enjoy drinking.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good. well hopped. Quite dry and bitter and a bit more body than some of the top dry ipaís.
phiconners (144) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hops flavor is apparent. Decent IPA, but the flavor falls a little flat for me.
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a fresh bottle into a glass and appeared reddish brown with a white head that dissipated quite quickily. Aroma was very citrusy and floral. The flavor seemed to have a nice balance between bitter, flavoring hops, and maltiness. Great ipa.
nihar (68) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Available at Pit Stop, Nelsonville, OH...
Pleasant aroma, very hoppy with a hint of citrus and clean bitter taste