BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 An old fave: Creamy IPA with a head that lasts until the last drop. Cloudy golden pour that exudes aromas of stone fruit, honey, bready yeast and pine all intertwined in a balanced symphony of olfactory nuances. Following not too far behind is the flavor, contributing more of the same. There is a distinct British flavor, which must be the yeast. A very mellow IPA, in the sense that while it is plenty spicy and fruity, the distinction between hop and yeast flavor/aroma/bitterness are blurred. Thatís what I like. Very well balanced. Nothing crazy, but just different enough to be considered excellent and a benchmark for the style. Again, the finish is slightly bitter, slightly fruity, subtly sweet and sensuously creamy; all in balance. Excellent.
Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - FEB 26, 2007
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2007 Iím sorry. I donít care about the history. I donít care about the American tradtion of enjoying this bitter pine needle-tasting swill.
This ale tastes like soap.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, via KingpinIPA. Nice golden amber color, very mild hop aroma. The flavor is somewhat fruity and refreshing, but this is an IPA thatís definitely lighter on the hops than im used to. Kind of reminds me of a nicely hopped Pale Ale. Not bad, but not in the same class as other IPAís.
islay (1376) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Approximately 4 oz. sample from a 12 oz. bottle at an American IPA tasting hosted by tennisjoel. This was the second of ten beers that we tried. Light aroma, sweet and malty by the standards of the style, but still primarily hoppy. Pours a brass color with a small amount of beige head. Hazy with fine suspended particulate. A beer novice in the tasting group was complaining about the lack of clarity in the liquid, but I have no problem whatsoever with a little sedimentary opacity. Subtle flavors. Well balanced between the hops and malt, but is an IPA really the right style for balance? Light on hops by the IPA standard, but a floral hops flavor is evident nonetheless. Light bodied and drinkable. This is a subtle, easy drinking beer, suitable for sessioning (although, at 5.9% abv, it is too high in alcohol content to count as a true session brew). The sum is better than the parts. This beer shouldnít blow anyone away, but it certainly is a welcome refresher. This ranked sixth on my list out of the ten IPAs in the tasting.
ilovedarkbeer (2386) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 good beer. big foamy head and pours a caramel color. tastes very citrusy and has an extremly bitter aftertaste. Tons of malt but not enough hops. Just ok, use to like it but my tastes have evolved...
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yum YUM Pour a perfect light orange color with nice head and great lacing. Aroma was of strong grapefruits and other citrus hops. Flavor was much the same, very refreshing not overly bitter very very good ipa.
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy light amber with a thin white head. The aroma is hoppy and citrusy, with some malt coming through. Taste is refreshing and grapefruit like without the sour, plus with a good malty profile around it. I like this better than most pale ales, it is quite a good example of an IPA in my opinion.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 13, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Disappointing hop aroma and flavor. I expect more from an ipa. There is a good level of bitterness though that lasts nicely. Not bad.
markas101 (1974) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle, Fargo. Hazy light amber colour, lots of nice hop aroma. Good level of carbonation, nice bitterness that lasts long into the finish.
keith0718 (408) - Kansas, USA - FEB 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2007 Strong citrus overtones. Strong hoppy finish: bitter, yet pleasing. Not astringent Decent amount of malty body support this good IPA.