AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First IPA out of the NorthWest, sticky hop nose, super hop presence in the flavor, very tastey, seems to need a little bit more malt balance and character to realy pull it off, I didn’t even know they were calling it a dub until just now, oh those two
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at the brewery. The waitress said that this was made by these two guys in a brewing contest. The prize was that the winner gets to have their beer made by founders. She said that it was supposed to be ala dreadnaught and I really really wish that she wouldnt have said that because it really doesnt compare to that. Standing alone this is very good. Clear copper with a thin white head. Nose is faint copper and hops. Taste is copperish hoppy and again thin. There is a sweetness with the malts that comes out more in the middle followed by some pine hops.
Silphium (3161) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Founders, the winner of a local brewing contest, and a damned good one at that. Hazy orange body, medium cream head. Bitter piney, resiny hops dominated the aroma. Caramely, sweet bready malts provided a fine backbone for the bitter, piney hops. Rich body, somewhat sweet, and well-balanced for an I2PA. Long, bitter finish. Excels in competence, if not creativity.