TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz mug at the nrwest location (Naperville, ). Pours a well hazed carmelized amber hue, darker hazy middle with some touches of orange glow on the edges. Cakey offwhite head atop stays as a firm thicker layer. Good retention and lacing, but the colors here end up muddled and darker, a bit murky. Aromas are bitter and hoppy, a toasty carmelized jab meets florals, earth and faint resiny pine. Touches of grapefruit and pithy citrus show some rind oils, a bit of toast and bready malts. Initial is medium bodied, a bit firmer with firm hoppy smack. Earth and florals meet soap, some distinct toasty biscuit, bread and crusty bready malts. Faint spice, grainy malts and biscuit. Some nice punchy citrus oils and juice, mellow florals. That biscuity/carmelized feel hits firmest in the middle while at other times that citrusy life jabs firmly. Backend is dry, a bit bitter and floral. Some soap, citrus rind and touches of earth. A bit bready, gentle touches of caramel. Trailing out to some bitter florals and graprefruit. The beer pours a bit ugly overall, the nose delivers some life but overall that firmer malt bill beneath is combated well by the hops but still seems a bit outdated overall. A bit biscuity and toasty instead of the cleaner, session worthy malt profiles that are in today. While it’s hop profile does give some decent pop at times and overall I can drink a decent amount, the beer itself just seems a bit played out.. A typical Brewpub Pale.
Strykzone (6763) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Caramel color. Faint hop aroma but lots of hop flavor. Some caramel malt for balance.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap at Mishawaka "brewpub": Amber hue with a good head and sticky lace. The aroma as notes of resiny and grassy hops, biscuity and caramel malts and a hint of DMS. The taste has clean bitterness balanced by pale and sweet malts, slightly medicinal tones are present. Short and doughy finish. The mouth feel is lively and refreshing. Very so-so, almost kit like in depth and quality.
Pailhead (6428) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap: The aroma consists of light-moderate caramel, fruit, faint citrus, and florals. It’s a hazy amber with a small off-white head that fades to a thin film outlined by a thick ring. There is a thick sheet of lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick moderate and a touch of fruit. The finish has light-moderate florals and light pine. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, it’s solid, but English IPAs aren’t my favorite.
Braudog (6379) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2005
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
At the Lincoln NE restaurant ... this is a ruddy orange color with no head. Citric, but in a orange-rindy bite kinda way, and there’s nothing to back it up. Vapid. At least the food was good.
kramer (5912) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap, Maumee OH location. Pours a slightly hazy copper-orange body with a minimal off-white head. Some grapefruity hops over a light caramel malt base on the nose. The flavor is light citrusy and floral hops over a thin caramel malt base. A little sticky and clingy with soft carbonation. Probably the best of the 7 beers that I had that night, but that’s not really saying much.
vyvvy (5893) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was easily the best of the bunch I had at Granite City. Pours copper with a wispy white head. The aroma has grapefruit hops along with toasted caramel malt. Medium / light body with soft carbonation. The hops on the taste is very nice with grapefruit pith and some bitterness. There is a sourness that detracts from the good points as well as some wateriness. An okay beer, but far from balanced.
wlajwl (5841) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 19, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Earthy aroma and not nearly as much hops as expected for an IPA. Decent caramel maltiness, but still not as much in hops as needed to be considered an IPA. Decent as an EPA, not an IPA.
thedm (5799) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This draft brew from our new restaurant/brewery in Fort Wayne, IN poured a head of finely sized white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a and a poor lacing. The nice aroma was of piney hops. The semi-thick mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The mild flavor contained notes of malt and piney hops. A decent one but not one that I would consider buying again.
nuplastikk (5797) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
20oz tap..probably closer to 16oz poured. Unfiltered orange-tan, big steady beige head. Classic English hop aroma. Rather watery in body, thin and lacking depth. Toasty, mellow citrus hop balance. Tastes like the mall IPA it is, pretty unimpressive.