MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
had during a trip to alaska. nice ipa, full of hops with some malt to go with it. iíve had better but this ranks up there.
OldGrowth (2480) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
@ Brewpub. Great nose, sweet. Citrusy, orange, sweet grapefruit, honey, toffee, biscuit, a little floral note too. Hazy brownish orange color, good head and lacing. Bittersweet flavors, like aroma with grapefruit taking a more prominent role. Still has a honey/toffee malt backbone. Medium body, creamy viscous mouthfeel, bittersweet finish. Damn good beer, not over the top, has a balance, imo, that makes it a great to drink ipa.
DarkElf (3028) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
10-Aug-04 (Draft: Glacier Brewhouse in Anchorage, AK) West coast IPA in that the bitterness dominates and has a strong floral and grapefruit flavor, but overall, this beer is fairly light in flavor and very bland for the style. The finish is thin and somewhat flavorless. The palate is clean, but thin and watery. Hoppy nose has an obvious grapefruit component. Golden color and fully cloudy. Off-white head has good size on the pour, gradually settling to a thin layer, leaving a fairly dense layer of lacing behind. (7, 4, 5, 3, 10, total 2.9)
21-Jul-05 (Draft: Mountain High Pizza Pie in Talkeetna, AK) Rerating this because, well, itís the most interesting option on the very short beer menu for this place. Plus, I always like giving a beer a second chance to impress me. This IPA starts out with a very fresh, hoppy nose, so fresh it seems like the hops were just picked a hour ago. The flavor is hoppy. Yup, hoppy, with lots of grapefruit, but not too bitter. Itís also lightly sweet with the pale malts just getting lost in the shuffle. Medium bodied with a nice clean finish. Medium golden color. White head is tall on the pour and shows solid retention and fairly dense patchy lacing. Not blowing me away with greatness, but Iím certainly enjoying this beer more this time around.
puzzl (3237) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask-conditioned at the pub. The best beer I had here, though it shouldnít have been. Unfortunately they were out of every single one of their big beers (stout/impy stout, porters, bocks, barleywine, IIPA, "impy blonde"), which was extremely dissappointing.
Full, fruity, hoppy aroma, even bitter in the nose. Grassy, grapefruit, orange noticed. Very well balanced flavor with a quick malty finish followed by long hop bitterness. Had a kind of lemony malt flavor overall. A fine example.
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2008 On draft and cask, at the brewpub, 7/5.05 and 7/14/05. Rusty orange and active with an orange-citrus aroma. Tart and fruity with an orange-rind sweetness. On cask, thereís little change other than a subtle improvement in creaminess and fuller flavors brought out by the warmer serving. Pretty good.<<Rerated from draft 01/17/2008 ... still a lighter-hued IPA, but this time Iím enjoying this much more ... crisp citrus fruitiness makes this a poster child for the American style>>
aracauna (2994) - Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
<P>Hazy amber with a good head. The aroma is fresh grapefruit hops. The flavor is moderate juicy, fleshy grapefruit with mellow malt to back it up. The hop profile is super enticing, I like it, but itís not big enough for an IPA.</P>
<P>Cask-conditioned version: This was much better than the regular IPA. Same hop profile but amped up to a much higher leverl from the dry hopping in the cask. Great hop aroma that tingles your eyes when you take a sniff. This beer is a 4.2 or so, but the regular beer is only a 3.6 or so. My rating here is an average of the two versions.
asheft (2443) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[on tap somewhere at the Seattle airport, I think]
Hazy, brownish yellow with an off-white covering that generated excellent lacing. Gentle pine aroma with a little bit of caramel. Typical American hops flavour, leaning more on the pine side (as opposed to citrus) but not grassy. Some caramel flavour and moderate bitterness. Medium body and good carbonation, just a tiny bit of lingering bitterness.
jsquire (3337) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the 2005 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. Clear yellow beer with a thin off white head and a sharp citrus hop nose. I thought this was very unbalanced with lots of orange peel bitterness and an odd grainy sweetness. Body was a little thin. Okay beer, but there are much better IPAs.
PorterPounder (5196) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had on tap at the Resurection Roadhuse in Seward, Alaska. Very dark golden appearance, silky white head, excellent lacing. Clean, floral aroma with a slight spucey back end. Bittersweet citrusy notes prevail in the flaovr with a bit of a camel and nectgarine back end. Finished strong. Very good IPA for a brewpub
Aubrey (3417) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at a pizza joint in Talkeetna and at the brewery: Both times I really enjoyed this IPA. Bright yellow-orange in color and mostly opaque; creamy-white sea foam-like head, lasting. Multi-dimensional carbonation -- creamy and soft, but also tingly and lively. Great malt backbone -- bready, cookie dough sweetness, yeast flavors and esters. Nice hops -- earthy, wholesome, flowery, and herbal. Not over the top by any means, just really well made and nicely balanced. Cask at the brewpub: Sweet bread dough malts and grapefruit flavors that just flowed like a river. Hops dried out the tongue a little in the finish. Good stuff.