arkurzynski (1583) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark amber. A bit of a vegetal/stewed vegetable hop aroma with some sweet caramel. Taste is initially a sweet, candy/caramel followed by a pretty dry, dry, hop finish. Not sure of age on this one.
theisti (3296) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz twist off bottle, purchased as a single at the Four Firkins in St Louis Park, Minnesota. Brewed and packaged by Stevens Point Brewery. The pour is mostly clear copper, some brown and red. One inch light tan head is reasonably lasting, leaves nice lacing. The aroma is pretty faint, its a slightly metallic malt, along with a sort of generic bitter earthy hop. Not an off nose, necessarily, just a bit dull. The taste follows the nose, metallic malt, generic grain malt sweetness, bit of honey, along with the earthy hop of the nose. Some pine peaks out as it warms. The palate is light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, and a moderately dry finish. The after taste has a bit more of the metallic malt. As with the Lonely Blond, I would love to give this another shot from their own brewery. I will reserve full judgement until then.
scluffman (16) - Excelsior, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in Shaker glass. Dark amber in color with a medium head. Mild floral nose with some citrus notes. Nice malty flavors with a surprisingly mild hoppiness for an IPA. Pleasing on the palate with a smooth, not overly drying finish.
Very easy drinker by IPA standards and a fun break from intensely hopped versions.
AWISLguy (1420) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Dennis Brothers - it never fails that I let the liquor guy talk me into a 6 from a "local place", and it is not as stupendous as advertized. Pours orange brown with some initial carbonation, but that ends quickly. Nice lacing. Aroma has faint citrus fruit and faint pine, some spices. Taste brings sweet caramel, some bitter citrus fruit and some pine. All understated. It is crisp and mostly smooth. Not a bad tasting brew, just subtle in everything it is.
eruizgarcia (223) - - NOV 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2013 A pretty good and well balanced beer. Just a tad too bitter for me and a bit flat in aroma. The Libertine is the better option.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from tap into Pint glass.
Appearance: Clear dark amber with moderate off-white head and nice lacing lines.
Aroma: Nice hop aroma of pine and juicy grapefruit and citrus, countered by toasted malts.
Taste: Very well balanced for an IPA. Nice hop taste of pine and grapefruit balanced by caramel and toasted malts. Ends slightly bitter, but only slighty - more spicy than bitter.
Palate: Relatively low carbonation, medium body with very dry finish (especially considering it is only somewhat bitter).
Overall: Very well balanced and easy to drink IPA. Great flavor overall but could use a little more bitterness so I need to dock it a little. Just a touch too balanced for my IPA tastes.
wilnatp (622) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Cloudy amber pour with a full white head. Floral nose with citrus, maybe grapefruit and a bit earthy/toffee. Tast is medium bitterness, Finish is dry/astringic and bitter. Not a lot of sweet in the taste but decent malt/hop balance.
bth122 (1294) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a copper color, med size head. Milder aroma of hops. Medlite bitter. Not as fresh as some ipas I’ve had. Med bodied, smooth texture. Good mouthfeel. A milder ipa
BucannonXC5 (932) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Poured from a tap into a pint at Bryant-Lake Bowl in Minneapolis, Minn. Color was dark orange, close to copper. About an inch and a half of head with some film/lacing (see feel below).
Bitter smell, but not as hoppy as I would of thought. Some caramel or some similar smell. Couldn’t get the best nose as I wanted to. A bit bland.
Tasted nothing like an IPA - the hops just didn’t come through at all. Caramel flavor with some citrus in there. Couldn’t pinpoint the citrus flavor. Not sure why all the struggles here.
Average carbonation. Decent finish. I’ve never seen so much lacing on a beer. Luckily I like it.
Not a bad beer overall. I think I need to give this one another go. Just wasn’t getting it going here.
Trev (1960) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap: Copper pour with a medium head.
aroma is malty, light woody hop.
Flavour is biscuity toffee, hint of burnt sugar and candied orange peel. Woddy hop bitterness.