WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12ozer. via trade, just not sure with whom. Iíve been on a big IPA kick lately and it was time to crack this guy open. Pours orange amber with a pillowy tan head, 2 fingers deep. Nose has notes of citrus, pine, and well hops. The taste is sweet, hoppy, and citrussy with a balanced malty back end. This is a great IPA, but compared to what Iíve been drinking lately it doesnít hold a candle.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Almost clear amber/orange with a medium+ head. Aroma of pine and toffee. Tastes of perfumy/spicy hops with a big caramel malt backbone. Medium body. Bitter finish. If you like big, malty IPAís, this is for you!
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy dark amber with a white head. Smells of grapefruit, flowers, and spices. It has a bitter floral taste but the bitterness never lasts and is always fading.
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - APR 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Map Room in Chicago. I just wasnít really blown away by this beer. Maybe itís true to style, but didnít particularly catch my interest. Maybe Iím just too used to big hoppy beers to appreciate a traditional IPA. Given a choice Iíd take a pint of Three Floyds Alpha King or Dreadnaught over this beer, no doubt about it.
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy copper with off-white head that falls off quickly. Aroma filled with pine, orange, caramel and robust notes of floral, soapy hops. Reminds of Two Hearted in some ways, especially the hop footprint. The flavor is fully bitter with some notes of sweetness ó oranges and vanilla. Juicy. Long finish. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. An American-style, up-front, in-your-face IPA. Enjoyable.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to ross for this sample. Pours copper with a thin persistent white head. Smells of oranges, pine and nutty malt. Taste is of resiny pine and citrus with an underlying bitterness on the finish. Much more malty than I was expecting. Nice!
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2007 Pours a hazy orange color with a minimal white head. Nice flora, hoppy nose, very clean. Sharp bite, a decent hop presence. A middle of the road IPA.
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 4, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle from northerntimber)cloudy orange body with a huge white head.aroma is citrus,cardboard,and a tiny malt finish.flavor is much of the same.heavily oxidized,i think this is past its prime or its just a bad bottle.
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a beer that is really nice. I had my eye on this in my fridge for awhile so I cracked it open with a few other friends and I was really happy I did. A crisp aroma of grapefruits rinds and pine sap in the nose. Very refreshing. Appearance was cloudy, burnt orange in color with a small-medium sized head. Flavors in this beer had a nice combo of sweet malts and juicy citrus zest rounding out with an average bitterness. Just a really nice IPA thatís excellent for drinking year-round. Great job to the guys at Founders for this one.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty good stuff here! Good amount of hop burn, but the afertaste is weird, kinda sour to me, that part is not so nice. Real nice example overall, becoming a big fan of Founders now!