mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy orange yellow in color with a nice white head. Grassy fruity hoppy aroma. Malty caramel notes. Malt hoppy flavor. Citrusy piney fruity notes. Medium bodied. Creamy mouthfeel. Finish is bitter. clean. Great beer. Very drinkable.
heemer77 (5297) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium gold body with an off white head. The aroma was grapefruit and grass with some sweet cake donuts. The taste was light grapefruit with some almonds. There also a little bit of bitter wood in the finish. Nice.
nuplastikk (5794) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Hazy orange-yellow color. Big, lively head. Bitter astringent hop aroma, serious grapefruit. Bitter and full of flavor, but whereas most hop-bombs leave you with a syrupy aftertaste, this one is incredibly light and refreshing. Fresh Hop is one of my favorite styles, and this is an interesting variation, not as in your face and earthy as most. Excellent IPA.
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle
As the price of singles gets higher I have become a bit more picky in what I will try. This being a Founders release I had no problems pulling the trigger. They have a solid IPA though I didn’t enjoy it as much as some seem to have. Given the choice there are a few locals that ranks just as highly in my book for less money.
Aroma / Appearance - The huge pillowy head softened the appearance of the opaque cloudy body. Mandarin oranges, grapefruit rinds, and honeydew melon gave it a citrus kick with some fresh roses thrown in for good measure.
Flavor / Palate - Bitter rose petals, lemon zest, and crumbs of rye toast create a dry and only slightly harsh impression on the tongue. The aftertaste is almost like Vegemite but more appealing because you know that it is desirable here. This is one to drink ASAP; I can see it sliding fast if it gets too much age.
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours bright yellow with fairly large white head. aroma is citrus, some floral hops and a little pine. drinks with tons of grapefruit and pine. finishes crisp and bright with a slight lingering citrus after taste. great harvest
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2009 12 oz bottle. pours golden with a Big white foamy head. grass, citrus, aroma. creamy mouthfeel. Let this beer warm up a little and it will be quite a treat.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent beer. Nice fresh hop flavors and juicy oily creamy body. Nice citrus and pine hops. Toffee taste and some mellow spice bite that is very nice.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to nearbeer. Pale golden yellow with a puffy creamy rocky white head with sticky lacing. Big citrus grapefruit and pine hops aroma. Taste is big herbal fresh hops, pine, spruce, peppery, some hidden citrus over a light caramel body.
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
You must let this beer warm up to really enjoy the delicate nature of it, if not, it comes across as a very simple, clumsy hop smack in the grill. Smell is of lemon pepper, sourdough, and bittering hops. Looks like a golden hazy pilsner. Flavor is more lemon bite with an earthier hop than in the aroma but still a tad bitter. Mouthfeel is quite rich but not at all sticky, very clean with subtle carbonation. This is like Ruinations little cousin without the sticky sweetness at the end. 2008 12oz.
smetrick (21) - Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle. Not sure I would call this an IPA- it is rather blond looking, and not quite as bitter as others claiming to be IPAs. I really love this brewer. Being a fan of hops, I loved the fresh, floral, citrus nose, and the luscious, persistent, sticky, sweet hops. It was absolutely delightful- a very fresh interpretation with lots of volatile flavors. I imagine you should drink this one young. Outstanding!!!