sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle: Pours a clear amber color with a white head. Aroma, grassy and herbal, some toasted malts. Flavor, spices, caramel, some herbal hops. Highly mediocre.
BuckyBazoo (31) - Holiday, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Not what I expected from an IPA. Subtle honey undertones. Hoppy after affect. Slight linger. All in all, a surprising beer from the the north east!
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fresh 12 oz bottle - Gold, creamy white head. Soft earthy floral nose with lighter notes of toasted caramel and grains. Dry floral bitterness rests on a soft bed of nutty earth and toasted swet malt. Decent balance. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, semi-bitter finish. Not sure if prior rates had bad batches, but this one was not nearly as bad as the score indicates. Going way against the grain here, but I thought it was a nicely crafted sessionable IPA...
beerlord (217) - tonawanda, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2007
1.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
no aroma from a amber body with a small white head.Some hop biterness and some honey undertones and a touch of malt in the finish from a very thin body. No way you cold even come close to considering this an IPA.
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Mugs Ale House: Wow, this is an IPA? When I had it I didnít know what style it was, but I would have never guessed an IPA. Golden beer, with a slight haze and a spotty white lacing head. Spicy and fruity nose. Crisp and fresh apples skins, and some yeast esters. Creamy and mildly carbonated, with a clean fruity character. Fresh apple hints and a spicy, herbal bitterness to balance. Not characteristic of an IPA, seemed more like a Saison/British Pale Ale hybrid. But disregarding style, itís a drinkable Ae.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5523) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2007
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
My friend Matt brought this one to me from a trip to Maine. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a medium golden color with a small white head. The aroma was sour and tangy with not much good going on. The flavor was bitter, tart and a bit tangy. Not good at all. I was surprised to see it listed as an IPA as there was not real hop presence.
beerbill (3567) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head that faded to a film after a couple of sips. Kind of funky aroma of dried grass and sour candy. The flavor is super bitter grapefruit rind with dried grass overtones. Very dry, bitter finish. Watery, thin mouthfeel. I unfortunately bought and shipped a bottle of this to my SS before sampling it, and I apologize. Thankfully, I sent other stuff I know heíll enjoy.
nearbeer (4168) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear orange-gold with a medium head that lasts. Earthy, sourish grain, and honey aroma. Grainy, sour apple and honeycomb front is bittered nicely by some Fuggles(?) that turn the taste to a crisp fruity, wood, and nut finish. Nice, fresh pussy aftertaste is the best part of this beer, but go for the real thing. Palate is light medium, dry, and a bit too fizzy.
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (12oz). Clear, farily deep amber pour, smallish fizzy white head. IPA? Maybe some grassy, light dry dead resin bitterness, hint of vegetal malt, a little sugary. The taste is some better - light funk joins the weedy stale hop bitterness, no vegetal malt, but it is a bit sugary. Watery, somewhat still mouthfeel, a little acrid, but mostly itís a big glass of nothing much - a vaguely UK-style IPA thatís too weak to stand up for itself.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
darkish - cloudy amber color - aroma is citrusy with a hint of spice and roasted malt. Flavor is a little sweet, but with a lingering bitter finish. Not bad, but it just didnít come together for me.