gws57 (1271) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Found this one bottled in St. Charles, Illinois. A wonderful example of the direction an IPA can go, if the brewers decide not to hop bomb it. Clear, champagne bubbly light copper pour with a thin, off white head, a nice nose of citrusy hops, violets and apple cider, the cidery notes work into the body of the beer, with lots of floral hops but very balanced and not overpowering. Not terribly bitter, it is actually quite sweet for a pale. Finishes strong and very clean, and tapers to a really nice delicious apple aftertaste. One of the best IPAs Iíve had in a long time.
Sammy (7716) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This pint exhibits dry hopping and Goldings hops. It is understated, and though at 50 IBU more bitter by ranking, was more balanced than many an ESB and certainly the West Coast assault. Lots of foaming from the bottle, and so lace. Numbs the tongue after a treat of easy mouthfeel. Citrus orange aftertaste.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Source: Ale Atlanta
hazy orange, whispy head, sweet malt aroma, nice hop flavor, touch of sweetness, light woody character, nice short bitter finish, a hopped up esb, the hops grow as it warms
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 13/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
radagast83 (3752) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. I donít know if I just had a mishandled beer or if the head is really that foamy, but even with my careful pouring into the bottle it was undrinkable for nearly 15 minutes while I tried to get the foam to dissipate. Slight citrus aroma, with a bitterness in the finish. Overall the beverage was not freshing.
maniac (3581) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear golden amber body with a huge rocky white head. Aroma of sour floral hops. Flavor of sour caramel and floral hops. This bottle was probably infected. After mixing in a bit of bud light, the sour taste was mellowed some, but Iím leaving my original rating. I canít say itís worth the price to buy another bottle to try again.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Bier Garden Portsmouth VAHazy orange brew large expanding foamy head, very creamy look. Sweet orange aroma, not very strong citrus aroma but great bitter sweet orange zest flavor. Sweet like unsweetened OJ if that makes sense. Very dry easy drinking with a very faint warmth and a slight pucker effect in the lips. Good stuff.
LinusStick (2700) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2007
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was a disappointment. Pour was a dark orange with no head. Aroma was decent...very hoppy and grassy. Taste was very flat. Little carbonation with a Windex type taste of hops and no malt. Very thin mouthfeel...almost like water. Blah
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 5, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
The Dan Journal #11. Tasted May 2006. 500ml bottle. Ruby hue. Large white head. Heavily sedimented. Light enough to be almost transparent. Clinging white head. Not much in the nose at all. Initially lively and effervescent. Crisp 7-Up ness. Slight malt backbone. Orange and citrus notes. Nice yeasty note...then, this funky bitter tongue numbing gravely metallic lingering finish. Meh?
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle, from Liquid Solutions. Pours a clear amber color with a large, fluffy white head that leaves spindly lacing. Biscuity malts with floral and spicy hops dominating. Thin malty backbone, again with the floral and spicy hops plentiful and hints of baking powder, pretty clean and simple overall in the European style. Medium body and tingly carbonation.
garrison (742) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a twenty four ounce bottle purchased for me by my girlfriend Nancy - Very frothy brew with a large, ebbulent tan head. Aroma of citrus, pine and malt. Pine and citrus were the big tones with some caramel in the sharp finish. A bit of an unpleasant bitter taste in the finish.