bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2009 Dense, copper colored pour with a small white head. Big piney and floral hop aroma along with some pineapple and other citrus. Decent lacing. The hops dominate the flavor like MJ in his prime. The citrus notes come through but not in a huge way as they just kind of hang around in the background like the last kid picked in gym class. Good brew. 17,7,3,8,4 Rerate from cask @ Hopcat: Poured a beautiful copper color with obviously no head. This was quite possibly one of the best smelling brews I’ve ever had the privilege to check out...nose was absolutely huge on peach, mango and floral notes. Great body...coming off cask has done wonders to an already good brew. Flavor was big citrus and flowers with just enough of a malt background to provide a bit of balance. Great, great brew in this form. Rating reflects the cask version.
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slightly cloudy orange color into the shaker. There was a quick inch high head, that slowly made it’s way down to about a quarter inch head that stuck the entire tasting. There were ringlets of lacing to accompany the head as it followed the beer down the glass. The scent was perfect for an IPA, very hoppy and spicy with some piney tones grabbing the nostrils and filling them with the beautiful scent. A slightly sweet citrusy taste up front is balanced off nicely by a very nice bitter hit on the back of the palate. There is about as good of a balance as one would want with a hoppy IPA. This is superb represenation of the style. I wish this were readily available in New Jersey.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught: Hoppy aroma. Smelled floral and fruity, with notes of berries and particularly strawberries. Poured amber in color with a small, rocky, off-white head that 2/3 diminished. Good lacing. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium bitter. Tastes of hops, berries, and a hint of bubblegum. Medium body. Lightly sticky texture. Lively carbonation. Short, wet, bitter, finish.
LinusStick (2854) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A beautiful IPA but a little tame. Coming from Founders I expected something extreme, but I was actually happy that they didn’t go they typical hop bomb route. Nice even balance of malt and hops with a caramel aftertaste. Pour was a nice dark orange with no head.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber color with a medium whitish head. Aroma is big, sweet, and floral without being excessive. Flavor has some nice floral-citrus hops to it with a sweet and supportive malt backing. Smooth and delicious. Founders scores again!
MadIndian (2380) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Capones, recomended by Stegosaurus. Coppery pour with hints of grapefruit and grass. Mild hop finish blended decently. Could have used a little more hop/floral punch at the end. Overall a good beer.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled. Pours deep amber with a short compact lasting off-white head. Aroma of fruit, citrus, and floral hops. The flavor is caramel malts, fruit, citrus, with a floral bitter finish. Good brew.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear dark orange/reddish color. Head was thick and off white with good retention and lacing. Smelled of toffee, grapefruity/sprucy hops, a hint of molasses, and fig. Delicately sweet up front giving way to moderate hop bitterness toward the end that lingers. Fruity flavor (grapefruit and dried cherry) with malty caramel and sprucy hop notes. Well balanced with strong opposing malt and hop elements.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is what an IPA should be, as far as what you would think of for the style. Nothing crazy about it, but it is a solid beer. Nice golden color, half inch head, aroma of hops, taste is hops in the finish, but with floral and pine hints. Very well balanced, could drink a lot of this stuff.
gmcase (115) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2007 Bottle. Pours beautiful rich amber with nice frothy head. Some hints of fruit in the scent. Taste nice hoppiness but easy drinking. Rich mouthfeel that finishes a little thin but extremely drinkable. Definitely an IPA to be reckoned with. Excellent balance that I have to say is different but more balanced than two-hearted. Two hearted has that turn with a more bitter finish. This beer is underated. rr... this beer stinks of nothing but high quality. Worth the money!