Travlr (8193) - 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.
adnielsen (6553) - 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.
TomDecapolis (4231) - Lawrence, Kansas, 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...havenít nailed it down yet but my guess is either a heavy dose of some crystal malt...or Munich malt in the grain bill. Itís 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 thatís not the case with this beer. Needs more dry hopping (to be honest Iím 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 (3641) - 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.
theisti (2843) - 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.
Indra (2482) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle. Aroma is strongly citric and fruity with lighter suggestions of wheat and pale malt grains, and featuring notes of lemon, grapefruit, faint pine, a mild background sugary sweetness and hints of dough, bubblegum and very faint mint/herbal tinges. Mostly clear light-medium golden color with a lasting, uneven head of white. Flavor profile is clean and hop-focused, with light florals and plenty of citrus throughout, along with a light dosage of honeyish malt sweetness to provide balance for the generous dosage of bitterness that comprises most of the finish, which shows long-lingering leafy, resinous, fruity hop flavors. Active and lightly oily on the palate, ultimately fairly dry, with a light-medium body. Super easy to drink and to enjoy, quite appropriate for the infernal heat, these days. It also doesnít hurt that IPAs donít get much fresher than this around here.
beastiefan2k (2109) - Lawrence (formely NYC), Kansas, USA - JUL 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pour is dark, dull golden, medium clarity with a strong medium sized head that has good retention. Aroma, well itís hoppy but I most like what I think is the Citra hop tha comes out. Itís kind of mango in a sea of citrus and bitterness. The flavor losses this mango character and just bitterness in a sea of wheat malt. Clean wheat malt and hop bitterness is all the flavor has. It almost seems soulless in the flavor. I want my beer with character not cookie-cutness.
RobertDale (2001) - 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.
unclemike (1925) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy orange with a creamy white head and thick lacing. Aroma is very pleasant with hard candy and floral, citrus and pine hops. Flavor is nicely bitter with a good bready malt base and more pine and floral hops that were found in the aroma addition. Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated and very easy to drink. Somehow, a bit sweet in the finish, but still, I appreciate the malt presence in this style.
topherh (1869) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden with an off white head. Aroma is catty, citrus hops. Flavor is citrus hops, some sweet malty notes, followed by a nicely bitter finish.