EithCubes (5305) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Big rush of grapefruity Cascade resting on a layer of caramel. Citric and hoppy. Clear orange body with a full, thick, rocky, lacing off-white head. Taste is a strong medium bitterness, woody and dry with a big fat bready component, full body with a smooth feel. Can feel it stripping grease and fat from my tongue. Fruitiness (that beautiful hoppy grapefruit and lycheee with some pine) nice and complimentary but definitely second to the dry woodiness. Alcohol is hidden to the point Iíd consider this a session by taste, though somewhat of an obese session. Usually, Iím pretty lukewarm on Goose Islandís stuff, but this is a really refreshing, non-resin-soaked IPA. Superb summer sixpacker.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light burnished copper with a loose off-white head. Light citrus spice and earth in the aroma with mild malt characteristics as well. Very earthy hops flavors--loam, dry needles--with some crisp malt notes. Light-bodied with good bitterness and a clean finish.
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark golden colour with quite a large amount of white head. Citrus smell that quite powerful and definitely opens the nostrils. Very peppery-hop taste with notes of orange and cloves and a warming alcoholic kick (actually tastes slightly stronger than 5.9%). Nice warming bitter/sweet aftertaste. A really nice beer, Iíd love to try more from Goose Island, unfortunately I think only this and Honkers are imported to the UK. I think most of the best IPAs are made in the States.
LadySusan (724) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster at The Mondial de la Biere 07.Amber coloer with a beige head. It has a bitter dry hoppy taste, with flavors of citrus. Overall a good I.P.A.
downender (7253) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of resiny pine hops. Flavour of citrus and elderflowers with a lengthy dry finish. Very pleasant.
CamdenD (1123) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 22, 2007
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Highly disappointing IPA, especially after its wonderfully classy citrus/pine aroma that does not overwhelm or lie resident in your nostrils for the better part of the week. Flavor is confused, hopped yet chalked, and it sits on the tongue like you just licked a blackboard. Too bad.
IPALover (63) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice IPA but alittle disappointing as it lacked the strong hoppy flavor I prefer. It also lacked a dry hop aroma and a strong initial taste. This beer did have a decent hoppy aftertaste but not as good as the better strong American IPAs (particularly from the west coast).
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A good IPA, the bitterness was on the lighter end of what I feel a IPA should have, but the hops were all flavor and aroma. The initial taste there is a slight hint of coffee. I might have had a bad bottle but there was a slight taste of wet cardboard, like a oxidized beer.
oakbluff (432) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Piscator34- thanks Kris!
Pours out a nice light hazy orange. Slight white head and lacing. Nose is of spicy earthy hops. Taste- hops at the front of the tongue- not a huge hop bite, slightly oily, heavier on the bitter side. Bitterness slides into a solid malt backbone. Good balance- finish is woody and dry. Nice mouthfeel and good carbonation. Classice american IPA stylings. Nice combo of traditional british IPA and left coast American IPA.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2007
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky dark orange pour with a nice white head. Not a ton of hops in the aroma, as I was expecting. Flavors were sweet with a nice hop base. Very nice dry end.