probstblueribbon (3215) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle from BOTW, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Clear golden with a decent white head.
Aroma: Some leafy, resinous, peppery hops with a light citrus note and something savoury that is familiar but ethereal...might be vegetal (peas)??, light eucalyptus.
Palate: Medium body with moderate carbonation and an acidic astringency.
Flav.: Eucalyptus and honey, citrus, leafy/herbal notes, not much like the nose with an oddly sweet malt note; off-dry with decent bitterness and a mineral, eucalyptus and honey finish.
I think that this “Session IPA” category is a lousy trend. I find most offerings are a bit thin and unbalanced with odd hop contributions to both the aroma and flavour.
RSRIZZO (1876) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2014
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
12oz bottle (Courtesy of Headbanger) poured into a Shaker at 45°. Color is a bright clear gold with good carbonation and a small rocky head. Aroma is sour burnt orange. It has a lighter medium body with a crisp mouth feel. Flavor is a bit like the aroma, it comes across like dried orange peel that’s been burnt a bit of citrus and a mellow bitterness. After taste is smooth and bitter with the orange thing hanging on. Overall I don’t like it, I can’t put my finger on what this taste like but it shouldn’t be in beer.
cheap (4443) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2014
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
From a bottle has at first a somewhat lemon appeal that goes almost green citrus rind. Yellow like any pale beer. Yes, somewhat thinner ipa but make no mistake it does have a rather sharp hop kick. As the session continues I start to think its a tuffer apa. After each slug you get that piercing bright bitterness, now I’m thinken like a sharp pils? What a metamorphosis. Just like forcone.
Jow (2501) - New York, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at random Irish pub. Pours light orange golden. Small head and light nose of pine. Tastes of basic pine, light citrus, resin, maybe some tropical fruit. Easy drinking touch thin. Light sweetness on finish.
bconch (308) - - NOV 5, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden yellow pour. Nose of ipa citrus. Taste starts very pale and turns decently bitter on finish. Not bad.
ElCapitan22 (206) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear golden color with nice lacing and great head retention. Smells floral, like lavendar. Tastes about the same....a solidly good ipa.
hfmejias (929) - Dover, Delaware, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bootle. Poured gold, clear, nice white head and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is hops, malts and some fruit. Taste has a nice slight bitterness combined with some malts. Super drinkable, nice sticky finish.
kerenmk (3050) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 25, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks zvikar. Clear gold with white film. Floral hoppiness in the nose, sweetish, a little skunky in the mouth. Light body, slightly bitter finish.
DWestrick (461) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. pretty basic IPA - a great beer for folks making a gradual change from the macros. Still, a basic IPA is always a good choice
Darkmagus82 (1940) - - OCT 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-18-14-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a medium golden color with a small head of pure white foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading over time to leave a tiny bit of foamy lace clinging to the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a citrus smell, with it being a nice mix of sweet tangerine and bitter grapefruit hop. Other lighter aromas of a caramel and bready nature are there as well along with a variety of other hop smells. Of these other hop aromas, a grassy and pine smell are the strongest, but there are also hints of other aromas of a floral nature mixed within as well, overall producing a very inviting aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter citrus and caramel flavor with the citrus being largely of a tangerine nature but having some hints of a ruby red grapefruit. Other sweeter fruit flavors of a tropical fruit nature are there as well with some mango and papaya. Upfront there is also a breadiness as well as a lighter bitter grapefruit hop flavor which melds quite well with the sweet ruby red grapefruit taste. As the taste advances, the bready fades some, with it being replaced by more tropical fruits. Some other hop flavors hit the tongue later on in the taste, with a little bit of grass and some floral flavors arriving. Overall the hop remains very detectable, but somewhat subdued and not too potent mixing with all the sweeter fruit flavors to leave a moderately sweet and smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side overall. A slightly thinner body actually may have been a bit nicer for downplaying all the sweeter flavors and allowing the hops to shine through a little more, but even with that said, the feel was OK overall.
Overall – A very easy drinking brew. I really wouldn’t consider it an IPA, but more in the genre of a american pale ale. It had a nice mix of sweet and hop though, making for a good easy drinking and rather refreshing brew overall.