FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Arrives from the tap with a 1/2-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is an amber color that shows a clear, copper-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of ruby-red grapefruit zest, ripe tangelos, backing notes of peppery pine, and a bit of herbaceousness that perhaps has some hemp like notes to it. The malt provides some whole grain cracker like aromatics and a bit of dried straw to the aroma.
The beer has a solid bitterness that is pretty well balanced by a chewy, but not overly intrusive malt character. The malt provides a a soft, creamy texture to the body and there is a bit of offsetting prickly carbonation. Hop flavors of course dominate with notes of bitter grapefruit zest, peppery herbal notes, lots of pine, light lychee, tangelo zest, perhaps a touch of kumquat, and some floral, peach-leaning notes.
This is a solid IPA, nothing crazy, and in truth the malt character is a bit more than I would usueally like, but the beer is just well done and ballanced for an IPA, and I find I am enjoying this more than I would have expected.
Bacterial (2674) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can shared by Skyview - thanks! Light amber pour with a nice white head. Tropical nose with a slight herb or grass in there. Really nice taste - lots of resin hop flavor here and just a bit of bitterness.
BVery (9172) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can shared by Bob - thanks! Nice aroma of tropical fruit, citrus, some floral. Clean and soft palate - smooth finish. Very nice brew.
Arayaga2 (2048) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold with a white head. Aroma is light floral and fruit with a bit of cat pee. Taste is light and refreshing with citrus. Clean finish. $2/12 oz can
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this on tap several times, excited to try from the bottle.
Bottle date: they donít care, so neither do I!
A: pours a copper ale with two fingers of peanut head which is thick and sticks around for quite some time. Cobweb lacing. Excellent clarity. Good looker.
S: Grapefruit, citric rinds, resin, plenty of pine. This is PNW hop profile baby. The malts are sweet and present, I think this is nice, not great but nice.
T: Bitter and earthy, the yeast may play a significant part here as I donít recall this being in the tap version. The malts come through with a hint of metallic flavor. Flavor isnít as good as I recall. Nice, but nothing special.\
M: Medium bodied with moderate carb. thick slick finish.
O: Above average IPA, sessionable and quenching. I would advise those seeking to have a pull from the tap before bottle version.
Serving type: bottle
pushkinwow (2472) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear amber with a velvet cream head that lasts for the entire drink. Wet hops with a hint of citrus and tropical notes but then the strong resin flavours dominate,, malty finish. Moderate carbonation and body, nice bitterness, dry, long crisp and tasty finish.
maxwelldeux (4289) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a very clear light amber color with very little of a white head on it. Nose is really strongly hoppy, in a really pleasant way. I get slight bits of floral elements in there, but a strong bit of grapefruit. Taste is pleasantly bitter, with some subtle fruity elements. Very drinkable and pleasant beer. Glad I picked this up.
bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can 6 weeks old. Pours pale golden with an impressive soft white head and lace, fully lasting in an IPA glass. Aroma is soft fresh grain and a modest bouquet of hops featuring cedar and not ripe tropical fruit. Flavor is similar with a grapefruit bitterness pronounced but not dominating throughout. Body is medium, carbonation is soft, and the feel is a bit gritty. Very much an easy and classic quality IPA.
thegreenrooster (3815) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a clear bronze with a large white head. Aroma is of fruity hops and not much else. Seems real fresh. Flavor is decently hopped with a bit more malt presence to back things up. Finish leaves a nice bitterness on the tongue. A decent, hoppy no frills IPA.
bytemesis (6001) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 24, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle with thanks to Eric! Pours clear neon orange with a small creamy off-white head that leaves pretty decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is spicy caramel, grain, pine, floral notes, perfume. Flavor is about the same, some sweetness underneath a rather bland hop character. Lightly bitter. Mouthfeel is a bit watery as well. Might have some age on it , but what looks to be a bottled on date on the neck is unintelligible, so be it.