anders37 (18351) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy aroma. Sweetish malty hoppy bitter flavor with hints of caramel. Has a sweetish malty hoppy bitter finish.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: March 27, 2009
Appearance: clear dark copper, wispy white head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet crystal and pine aroma with a touch of citrus
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, lots of hop, sweet pine, plenty of balancing bitterness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Lubiere (10698) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A golden IPA with a thick dark off white head. A very interesting resinous hops aroma, meaty, and herbal. In mouth, loads of oily malt with resinous hops, very British, with grainy qualities, earthy. Medium to rich bodied, a wack in the face. Bottle from JesseM. Thanks dear Sir!
Sammy (9190) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml. British style IPA, thanks Matt7215 for sending a bunch overnight. Giant stubby bottle. I liked this because it was smooth and rather mild tasting, fine for its style. Hop bubble, though rather neutral to look at, to smell. Satisfying, toned down typical Grand River bitter taste, though its still there.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep amber-ruddy pour with a fluffy white head. The aroma is sticky and a little bit chewy. A bit resiny and herbal. Very simple flavour profile - lightly bitter resin with simple metallic sort of bitterness. A suggestion of fruit, but it’s barely a whisper. Nope, I can’t say I’m a fan of this. One note of blandness throughout.
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 2009-04-05. Did not take detailed notes but I found that this was fruitier and had just a touch more hops in the flavour than the bottles I have tried. Pleasantly so. Cask at Volo
2009-03-13. Golden amber body with an off-white head. (3+) Hops in the aroma have an earthy herbal character. Flavour is similar, modest bitterness, earthy herbal hops over a base of malt. Average palate. Pleasant but not nearly as assertively hopped as I had hoped. I feel like I have had pints of Plowman’s that were more oomphy in the hop department than this? Still enjoyable, perhaps I had set my expectations a tad high. I have a couple more to ponder. Bottle c/o Tupalev from the Brewery
Ughsmash (7250) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled on 4/20/09. Poured clear, healthy lighter orange with a loose and cool-looking cap of white head. The aroma picked up floral, juicy citrus, and pine hoppage over a simple and sufficient biscuity base.. leaned more toward the malty end of the spectrum as it warmed up. The flavor picked up some caramel in addition to the biscuity character at the core.. mild bitterness surrounded in the form of earth and spicy floral.. just a hint of butter on the back. Light-medium bodied with enough carbonation to keep it moving across the palate.. balance was spotty.. finished somewhat tacky and spicy. Not bad.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Sammy: Pours a transparent orange copper with a thin, stringy-lacing white head. Aroma of fresh lightly piny hops and mildly sweet caramel malt. Body starts with average fullness and some lightly sweet grainy pale malty notes with a grassy citrus hop balance before a drier, mild finish. Pretty drinkable, but could use a little more assertive hop character.
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2012 [2039-20090313] 500mL bottle. Wet grainy yeast aroma, mild. Clear, orange amber body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Heavy malty grains flavour. Medium-full body. Fair to average, it doesn’t seem to want to age well. (6/3/6/3/12) 3.0
(c/o tupalev, w/ jerc)
[4387B-20120421] Cask. Light vine grapes aroma with a hint of muddy grains. Hazy, amber body with a quick bubbly off-white head. Toasted grainy dried fruit flavour. Medium body. Interesting. (6/3/7/3/13) 3.2
(#20 IPA Challenge @ Volo, Toronto, ON)
Radek Kliber (6573) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 500 ml at Volo
Appearance: bright amber orange-fresh copper look. Mid white , thick top. Ring of lace.
Nose: citric ,sweet mango , some grape and molasses.
Flavor/Palate : medium bodied. Grainy , malt frontal wit citric , raw hop bite as follow.bit harsh ,metallic. I am suspecting its roughness is a result due to water used. Zoom out, looking at whole picture fairly good.