drfabulous (4628) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler courtesy of my wife. Sorry, guys, couldnít wait another week to open this one. Citrus hops in the nose. Bitter. Nice IPA-malty taste. Light carbonation. Iím getting some sweetness there as it warms. My first Free State and a fine beer. Itís 2pm on a Sunday. I give myself to 8 tonight to finish this growler.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JAN 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler filled at the brewpub. Pours a pale copper with two fingers of fairly dense beige head that leaves behind light, patchy lace. The nose is a nice balance between big sprucy/herbal and citric hops, rye, and pale malt; quite well integrated. Medium-bodied and slick with a dry, satisfying, bitter finish. This is a seriously tasty RyePA: dry rye and pale malt with a solid supporting evergreen and slightly citric hop backing. Free State consistently puts out solid to exceptional APAs and IPAs, and this is definitely one or my favorites.
Indra (2693) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From growler, dispensed a few days ago. Freshly spicy, citric, lightly sweet aroma, with notes of toasty caramel, leafy herbs, grapefruit, flowers and faint lemon. Mostly clear medium amber color with a lasting, fine head. Very nicely balanced between the toasty malt sweetness and fresh hop bitterness and flavor, with lighter suggestions of citrus fruit, caramel, spice and earthiness. Smoothly effervescent, lightly resinous palate, body is medium-full. Very drinkable and full of flavor, certainly recommended.
Terminus (3328) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at brewpub my 2500 rating-ok im against the grain on this one. pours dark orange with a small eggshell soapy white head with some lacing. lite fruity nose and i get a bit of diacytl here, which is more apparent than the bitter. big rye notes but doesnt seem to have much hop punch to it. rye is almost overbearing and makes this unbalanced from even the aroma perspective. flavors are big toasted rye malt, lite muddled citrus, and toasted grain notes-some fresh apple like bitterness and earthy raw hop flavors. somewhat dirty not what i was expecting from the fairly solid ratings on this one.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had one at the bar, this rating is from a 2 day old growler. Hazy orange red color with a nearly non existent head and seemingly light carbonation (same as at the brewpub, in fact I thought it might have been from the cask but it was not). Aroma is spicy, herbal, and peppery with some citrus and floral/piney notes. Nice mouthfeel, it feels substantial. Lots of bitterness apparent right off the bat along with a very earthy, piney, herbal taste that is followed by some floral and citrus notes. The finish is lingering and bitter. The combination of rye and the Sterling and Simcoe hops creates flavors and aromas that remind me of walking in an old growth forest, very interesting indeed.
On glass #2, there is a smallish head as I pour the beer, it probably just needed to warm up a bit. The carbonation still seems light, but it is not really missed.
Huhzubendah (2827) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by drambuh. Thanks Matt.
The beer is a clear, copper orange hue with a lasting, off white head. The aroma brings biscuits, toasted malt, hops. This beer smells and tastes like an English IPA. Hops are there, but play a secondary role to biscuits and toasted malt. While this is not what I was looking for in an IPA, per se, this beer is easy to drink. Smooth on the palate with moderately low carbonation. Light in body with very minimal alcohol presence. Good stuff.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 12-20-2011
beastiefan2k (2771) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler consumed soon after fill up. Color is clear brownish-amber. Aroma is dank hops, think hops grown in a basement. Its green-vine hops that arenít bright. Flavor is more dank hops with a medium bitterness and a leaf-hop finish and aftertaste. Its a dank IPA, not much more I can say about that. Now sweet malt getting in the way. I donít really pick up any rye but that is not easy for me to do in general. Its an IPA, it is what it is.
Grizzle (80) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft from the bar at Free State. Pour was a cloudy, orange-amber, with nice head, although it dissipated quick enough. Mild lacing throughout enjoyment. Aroma of grapefruit and Sweettart candies. Tasted of a hoppy, sour, citrusy mess - loved it. Provided a fuller mouthfeel than expected. Iíd get it again.
theisti (3414) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a growler filled at the brew pub the previous day. Pour is a murky copper, very unfiltered with a nice 2 inch off white head. Thick lacing is smattered across the glass. Very pretty. Aroma of dank, resinous hops - touch of toasty malt. Behind that is some herbal pepper. Fresh, alive nose. Taste is bursting with reinous hops, very gritty, mild bitterness. There is a nice earthiness throught, very unfiltered taste. The toasty malt lends nice balance towards the finish. I really do not pick up any Rye in this. The hop is not overpowering or aggressive, just dank, super fresh hops. Palate is a touch watery, but extremely drinkable. This one was really nice.