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.
Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap at brewery. Poured orange in color with small head that lingered. Hop aroma was all citrus and no pine. Taste was balanced between the hops and caramel malt.
Shag (2546) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper color with a white head. Aroma contains some caramel, pine, and lemons. The flavor is quite bitter with a good malt presence. Some herbal notes and citrus present. Finish is bitter. Overall a good IPA.
agl108 (712) - 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.
brew_lord666 (1) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
well done ipa from my hometown of asheville nc. i got a 22oz bottle, at first smell i noticed citrus above a slightly earthy smell. the taste is a very strong yet drinkable hop flavor which leaves the mouth feeling dry shortly after.
unclemattie (3998) - Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap@ French Broad. Amber color. Off-white head. Huge hop flavors. Citrus and loads of pine. Malt backbone has a perfectly welcoming caramel character with nice biscuit notes. Loads of hops linger to the end. Fruity hop finish in a hearty English malt body. Simple hop nose, light malt, great hop flavors. (3428)
gerbewa (195) - - NOV 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a amber orange with a great citrus hop aroma. Great balance and good taste. Good solid IPA
wnoble (1207) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours orange to amber. nose is pungent, resins, pines, dank was, fruits, sticky resins, spicy citrus. Flavor is similar. semi sweet and sticky, semi dry bitter finish. drinkable and tasty. Great surprise!
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Cloudy light amber color, medium white head. Aroma of caramel. Taste is butterscotch. Not bad.
bubbleflubber (1700) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An enjoyable quaff, and probably my favorite from the local brewer here in Asheville. Pours a reddish-copper into the glass, with a wispy foam eggshell head that retains a light cap, leaving sudsy lace. The nose is very woodsy and of deep pine forests. The flavors are of pine resin, appropriately balanced dry biscuit malt, a semi-tart citrusy grapefruit mid-palate, and finishing with a healthy dose of bitter pine needles and rind/zest notes. The mouthfeel is creamy smooth, with great substance and complexity abounding. This is a really nice IPA, and a solid offering from French Broad. A sleeper pick for sure!