Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Originally reviewed: 1/13/12. Saw this one at my local shop and as I am always excited to try new local IPAs, I picked it right up. Cracked this bomber on 1/9/12. Poured into my Surly pint glass.
Pours a dark ruby orange. Half-finger off-white head. Little retention. Little lace. Nose is sweet with candy malts, citrus tones and an earthy hoppy singe. Great mouth. This is one of the first French Broad brews that I’ve had didn’t overflow or burn the palate with an extraordinary amount of carbonation. Very juicy hops bursting with flavor. Citrus - orange, grapefruit. Sweet kiss on the finish. Fantastic balance. A killer standard IPA from NC. Next to the rotating-yet-elusive Jade, this is my favorite NC IPA. I love it.
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at brewery. Poured clear copper with a smallish off-white head. Aroma and flavor were of floral, citrus, dank hops. Quite bitter. Decent caramel malt backbone. Slightly chewy texture. Solid but not spectacular.
bhensonb (10934) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Bruisin’ Ales. Pours clear dark copper with a creamy/foamy beige head that’s trying to ring lace. Aroma of arguably citrus hop over somewhat toasted caramel - almost a brown sugar sensation. Med body. Flavor is citrus hop plus maybe a bit of veg - then there’s arguable caramel followed by a brown sugar bit. Not sticky, it just makes me think this stuff wanted to be a barley wine. Interesting version. Finishes nice and bitter.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amber orange, frothy beige head. Aroma of citrus, old hops, toffee. Taste is a little stale, lots of toffee, dark fruit, woody bitterness. Ok beer. I need to go to Asheville sometime and try this.
SSSteve (3755) - - MAR 24, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. clear dark orange under a large white head. nose of spruce and sweet malt. piney flavors with bready sweet malt. medium body with a long dry, grassy, astringent finish.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brewhaus. Pours clear orangish copper with white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, caramel, and pale malts. Flavors of pine, grapefruit, some sweet caramel malts, and some moderate hop bitterness. Your average IPA. Not bad, but not great.
nbondi (201) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Suttree for this one. Clear amber with billowy off-white head. Nose of bubblegum, pine, resin, juicy fruit gum...soap...could be the glass... Good carbonation, medium light body. Sweet juicy fruit start balanced out and then some by biting serious hop presence. Long lasting bitter/carbonation induced tingly tongue sensation. Not perfectly balanced, but still, very enjoyable.
Drake (8339) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Brewvival 2012. Pours clear copper with a thin head. Decent head retention. Aroma of caramel malts, herbal and citrus hops. The taste is bitter herbal hops with a pale malt finish. Medium bodied.
beernovice39 (3120) - Montana, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Barley’s. Amber pour with a tiny white head. Piney scent. Pine and citrus taste.
agl108 (785) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Barley’s Taproom, Asheville. Poured clear copper with sheets of lacing. Crisp citrus and floral notes. Lovely.