Brigadier (2745) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 ounce bottle
Thanks to buffalohead for sharing this beer one evening. It is a passable IPA although there are enough flaws that I think Great Black Swamp has plenty of room for improvement. Even so it is nice to see something popping up between southeastern Michigan and Cleveland for those drives west. I think I may at least give them one more chance.
Aroma / Appearance - A caramel base is the color of rosy bronze. Fresh white head and sheer legs complement the foundation well. Contained within are maple sugar, sweet malts, earthy herbs, and almonds along with a dash of honey. This is fairly sweet without a strong hop presence to support it.
Flavor / Palate - Almonds emerge from a creamy mouthfeel that is the one bright spot of a middle of the road IPA. Hints of green apple show some weaknesses that cannot be masked with other flavors. The finish is not memorable; imagine a typical paint by numbers pale ale. The total result is something that shows flashes of brilliance but in the end is mired in mediocrity. Scroll past this one unless you are trying to get new breweries or have other reasons to tick anything Ohio.
Nephilium (1250) - Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Moderate hop aroma with a touch of caramel. Pours caramel with an oversized white head, carbonation levels seem a bit high. Malts come through first with a touch of caramel, then the hops come forward. Thereís a bit of pine and citrus that lingers, but no hops really shine through on this. A bit of a disappointing IPA.
jsquire (3313) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Murky orange color out of the bomber bottle. Light floral nose with something soapy in there. Oddly floral taste with chamomile and soap flavors. Some stale orange peel. Thin for an IPA, and the flavor profile does not fit Northwest style IPA.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle via trade with Cliff. Thanks Cliff! It pours a hazy amber color with a mellow off white head. The nose is has a plasticy doughy note that I find a little unappealing. The flavor is mostly butterscotch with a resinous bitterness. Seems more English pale ale than IPA. Light to medium body.
BeebopToledo (21) - - DEC 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured on tap. Very nice balance for an IPA. not too hoppy, but plenty of hop aroma and great color for an IPA. persistent head tops this beauty off. Not overly assertive but is definitely an IPA. maybe Iím biased, but I donít think so.