Ernest (7123) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially large, frothy, rocky, white, mostly lasting.
Body is dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (apricot, grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with a note of souring vegetable matter (celery, yellow squash), hint of diacetyl.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Gosh darn it. At first pour and for a couple minutes thereafter, I was thinking this was high 3s for sure. But therein lies the problem with rating from small samples or doing quick reviews for any reason. Problems rarely reveal themselves right away. And here we have an initial strong hop aroma that seems nice enough on the surface (I donít like the resinous hop character, but the apricot-grapefruit notes make it tolerable). As that settles down (after the massive, beautiful head finally recedes somewhat), out comes this sour vegetable juice odor. I wouldnít say DMS, this is more raw and maybe just from poor malt extraction, but either way vegetal odors do not bode well in any kind of beer (the mild butter and vitamin B notes donít help either). It never quite overpowers the hops, thankfully, but once it shows up to the party it just wonít leave, and I no longer enjoy sniffing it. Great flavor balance, appearance, and mouthfeel, though...non-abrasive bitterness with no astringency, which most American IPAs cannot boast. It couldíve been a high-scoring beer if sampled briefly at a beer tasting with 50 other people sharing the bottle.
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yum! Citrus/pine aromatics, bracing bitterness, hints of smooth sweet malt. This is what Sierra Nevada tasted like to me before I fried too many taste buds with DIPAs. Love it. Probably follow it with a DIPA. Iím so predictable.
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
65cl, at 6.2%vol, as Fremont Interurban IPA, new American brew Anno 2010, thx alot to Secret Santa!, complex bitter brew, malty/fruity/bitter and slightly woody/sweet, balanced, clear, rocky head, good brew
tderoeck (7598) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
15/IX/14 - 12Fl. Oz. can @ home - canned: n/a (2014-1007) Thanks to bigmanlavos for the trade!
Clear orange beer, creamy irregular off-white head, little stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: very fruity, mango, citrus, pineapple, mango, caramel malts. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet malty start, caramel, very fruity, oranges, pineapple, passion fruits, some soft bitterness. Aftertaste: citrus, pretty bitter, grassy hops, some caramel very fruity, bit sweet, resinous ending.
Getbetter (1025) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a can at EMP.The pour is above average c02 and clear yellow with a frothy white head.Theres a citrus zest with a pint taste.A little on the malty side for a IPA.
DrinkyCrow (99) - Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a fantastic IPA, even in a can. Piney, spicy, and hoppy without going overboard.
rouhlas (2115) - GREECE - SEP 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 330ml can at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki (thanks George). Pale golden color with white head. Aroma is mostly hoppy, floral, grassy, fruity (pineapple?) and light malty. Taste is more malty, sweet and light bitter hoppy fruity again. Light to medium body, oily, average carbonation.
Sammer (1112) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber in Seattle. This is one balanced IPA, without being too boozy or bitter. Taste is pine, citrus and hops. Pure and simple. Well done.
slowrunner77 (8999) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Spice and pine abound. Really nice, really fresh iPa in a can. Liked it more and more with each sip, enough so that this place is on the radar of possible future visits."
Niall73 (2414) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pours an amber colour with a white head. Aroma is light wood, pine, lemon, light orange. Light to medium body, medium to full carbonation. Lemon, pine, woody resin, light caramel, grapefruit. Great balance. Solid woody bitter finish. Nice.