nbutler11 (1267) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - JUL 23, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
BITTER with hops. I mean, man--this beer is just overloaded with hops and citrus. I’m thankful for the sample from their tap room, but would never buy a bottle--just not a fan.
Johnroy (38) - Ringwood, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper with nice head. Big smell, is it weird to say I smell bazooka bubble gum? Nice herbal flavor. Good all around beer.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
20080720 12oz bottle from Spirits on Sunset. One of many samples of this stellar beer. Inviting, bespeckled, hazy dark amber with thick, frothy, beige head of lasting, lacing foam. Aroma is subtle, mild, but nicely floral and a touch of spruce. Mouthfeel is soft with slight eff, almost creamy, very pleasant all across the middle and then quickly finishing with a brisk resinous astringency to finish. Excellent. Dangerously drinkable stuff with beautiful hop character from sniff to swallow, light mouthfeel, pleasing bitterness, and not a hint of the over seven percent abv. Glad it’s too expensive at ten bucks a six pack, or I’d be having many long sessions with this beer all too frequently.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours amber with a sticky, thinnish, white head, spider web lace. Smells caramelly malty and earthy, subdued hoppy. Tastes big and sweet malty bit with plenty of hop flavor as well. Not overly bitter, earthy and sweet. Slight lingering bitterness. Medium body, good carbonation.
pforei (338) - USA - JUL 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aphoristically and geographically lying between west coast and east coast IPA’s. Sure its got plenty of grapefruit and pine but it doesn’t overdue it. Refreshing and drinkable.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of mymrnngjckt poured into a snifter.
Pours a slightly hazy amber with a small dense head that quickly leaves only a ring and a decent amount of lacing.
The smell is heavy on the citrus hops with grapefruit dominating the aroma up front before giving way to a sweet candied sugar malt backbone.
There is a sweet bready malt kick up front in the taste before giving way to the citrus hop explosion with lemon zest on top of the grapefruit mixed with a sugary sweetness. This gives way to a slightly piny bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is sticky with hop juice but finishes with a very crisp bitter finish.
This is a very good and extremely drinkable IPA that is heavy on the light fruit hops, making it a great summer brew.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JUL 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice amber hue with an almost cloudy look too it. Aroma was a mix of hops and a soapy note. Flavor seemed to be just hops. Big fresh bittering hops. A very dry finish.
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A nice dark amber color, with thin white head. Aroma was WILDLY hoppy, but not much else, and not unusual. For me, the taste was simply too 1-dimensional, overpowering and bitter. This certainly wasn’t a bad beer, just simple. IPA lovers would probably do back-flips for this beer because it is true to the brand however, the simplicity doens’t do it for me.
benbakelaar (5) - North Brunswick, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2008 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong, crisp hoppy aroma. Nice, clear dark golden appearance. Not your typical IPA, has overtones of peach and nectarines to me. Medium hoppy finish relative to the hoppiest of IPAs. Several sips in you start to taste the malty overtones. Has a fairly long finish.
kieleszd (83) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent IPA. Fufilling bitter with grand tatse. Benchmark for Founders. Only Rogue and Dogfishhead can challenge Founders when it comes to pale ales. I don’t know where they find their hops but they are to live for.