Travlr (10000) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the source. Hazy deep golden color, small white head, solid lacing. Arona of tropical fruit and lemonpeel. Taste is similar. Nice.
daknole (9042) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light orangish/gold pour, white head. Nice floral aroma. The flavor is very citrusy, grassy, a bit dank. Light malt, the hops shine. Good stuff.
SirADNielsen (8963) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap @ Free State. Pours a orange golden appearance with little head. Spicy, grapefruity, lightly piney hoppy, a bit sweet toasted malty aroma. Light veggie, somewhat bitter, piney, light vanilla flavor. Ok.
Glouglouburp (5977) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A low-profile american pale ale labelled as an IPA.
How: Bottle 12oz, consumed relatively fresh a few weeks after purchase.
The look: Clear pale golden body topped by a small off-white head leaving some lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose of medium intensity is citrusy hops with light piney notes. The fruity aroma has a nice freshness quality but lacks oomph. Typical clean mouthfeel with medium body and medium carbonation. Taste offers a frail semi-sweet malt backbone with mild caramel and some pastry. A moderate amount of fruity hops with a character sitting in between fresh citrus fruits and dried fruits. Light off-putting vegetable notes. Bitterness of medium intensity with a little citric sharpness. Piney notes in the comeback. Not a hop-bomb and certainly not a malt bomb either, this is a low-profile well balanced beer that most breweries would label as an APA. Could have been a decent generic american pale ale but the light vegetable notes bring it down to a below average take on the style. If actual stormchasers were as bold as this Stormchaser Summer IPA, then stormchasers would be people who sometimes go outside on a cloudy day without an umbrella.
mar (4806) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a friend. Gold pour with a cream/off white head. Nose is tropical fruits, bitter, pine, and refreshing. Easy palate, crisp hops, bitter, fruity, nice finish.
TomDecapolis (4459) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a translucent golden amber with a large foamy off white lacing head. Aroma of a Free State beer...haven’t nailed it down yet but my guess is either a heavy dose of some crystal malt...or Munich malt in the grain bill. It’s not a bad thing but gives all either beers a very malty up front nose. This is an ipa and when poured into a glass, hops should be the first thing I smell (in my opinion), but that’s not the case with this beer. Needs more dry hopping (to be honest I’m not even sure they dry hopper this beer at all). So besides the malty nose I do get some citrus and pine. Flavor is a bit more hop foward and bitter. Pine and grapefruit with a very aggressive bitterness. Malt flavor of toffee, caramel and toasted malt. If this was my summer ipa I would get rid of any crystal malt and dry hop the hell out of it. Would also tone down the bitterness. Just looked at the commercial description again...I would not call this blonde at all, it is def amber.
IrishBoy (3820) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle a gift from Beastiefan2K. Thanks a bunch Eugene! Nose is tons of citrus hops with lots of little tropical fruit notes against a light sweet malty background. Hazy urine yellow with a big, heavy lacing, pale yellow head. Flavor is moderately bitter with some sweet melon notes. Finishes with a smooth light bitterness. A nice light, not overpoweringly bitter IPA.
RobertDale (3391) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Comes clear gold with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus and hops. Taste is mild citrus hops with some malt. A very pleasant IPA.
alexanderj (3310) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; poured a copperish color with a smallish white head. Aroma of pine, earth and citrus. Lighter bodied and quite drinkable. Hopped fairly well with citrus, earth and maybe some pine notes. Good beer
theisti (3209) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle purchased at Rimann in Prairie Village, Kansas. Best By Month 9, Week 4 notched on the label - not sure what time frame Free State uses on bottle, so uncertain on age of this. The pour is mostly clear copper with a one inch light tan head that is lasting. The aroma is bright citrus hops, nice blend of orange, orange peel, and pineapple. The malt is present in the nose as well, grainy, some resin notes - fresh nose. The taste is a nice balance between the full citrus hop brightness and the backbone of the grainy, toasty malt. There is an interesting spiciness in the flavor as well, not sure if this is from the yeast or the malt. Initially, this spiciness distracted, though as the beer warmed it integrated giving the beer some additional depth. Nice beer.