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.
fidelis83 (2196) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours red copper with a chunky beige head that lasts all the way through the glass and leaves trails of sparse lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, citrus hops, melon, berries; caramel, grain, and toffee malts. Flavor has lots of, somewhat grainy at first, then caramel and toffee malts. Then in come the hops, as the caramel malts march on the grapefruit and bitter hops show up to liven up the show, not overly strong in the IPA world but plenty to let you know they are there and they mean business. FInish is toffee, with plenty of spicy and bitter hops. Body is medium, sticky and a warmth that makes the alcohol content seem even higher than the 7.2%.
wheelz843 (233) - Grand Island, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. pours an amber color with a small amount of head. has a sweet fruitty flavot with a hint of hops. very good.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy apricot color, good sized off white head, good lacing. aroma of grapefruit hops, trace of sweet malt. flavor of grapefruit, sweet tea, caramel hops. medium bodied, frizzy, medium bitter finish. quite enjoyable, but missing something i can’t quite put my finger on...maybe a little bit too gassy.
daknole (10280) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, amber pour,very small white head. Aroma is hoppy, but fruity. Flavors are malty and hops are there, but not a west coast IPA. Juicy and good. I liked this, another winner from Founders.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2009 Bottle. Very nice aroma of tropical fruits, mango up front with others mixing in from time to time. Basic sweet malt in the background. Flavor had some odd sweet notes in addition to the hoppy flavors mingling with the malt. Neither rich enough malt nor enough bittering hops to really fill out the mouthfeel. Not my favorite, but pretty good. 8-4-7-3-13/3.5
Rerate from tap. Aroma of peach, mango, bitter hops, some grass, big malt. Flavor has all sorts of resinous hops and sweet malt, just delectable. That bottle must have been ancient. 8-4-9-4-17/4.2
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
This tastes pretty good up front, good hop profile and aroma, and it looks appitizing. Maybe a little heavy on the pine but thats ok, just a little sticky. It bombs on the overall because of the headache it has now twice induced the next day. I dont know what is in there but I gave it another go and I had the same feeling like i was gonna die the next day. All in my head too, i never get like that. I really dont know what thats all about but its confirmed
popephred (264) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Poured produced a hazy, orange-amber body, topped by a small off-white head of foam. True to it’s word, the beer is unfiltered, with flakes of sediment suspended in it’s seemingly thick liquid. Moderate lacing. Fair amount of hops and pine aroma, though not cloying, paired with an undercurrent of roasted malts. Dry, fairly well-balanced for an IPA, with a slight hint of sweetness, with extra nod to the quick diminish of the aftertaste. Notes of pine, alcohol, and bitter citrus in the palate, leading to a dry, fairly clean finish. This IPA did not stray far from it’s description and earned points with me for that reason, even though the yeasty bits give me some cause for pause. Overall, a good beer with strong character.