brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitcher at the downtown brewery. Heavy fruit flavor, very big alcohol presence, and something weird must have been going on with the taps because it was completely flat with no carbonation. No foam retention after the initial 10 seconds after the bartenderís pour from the tapper. Bitter at the end and thick bodied. Iíll have to try it again some other time to give it another chance.
hombrepalo (1819) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint New Years Eve DT Madison. Light yelow pour with big head. Taste is simliar to aroma, light and watery. Needs more hops!!! Left me wanting more.
BVery (5978) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2013 On tap at the brewpub in Wausau, WI. Clear amber pour with a white head. Nose is hop and some scotch-ale sweatsock. Good lively carbonated and hoppy palate. Taste is earthy, caramel malt, hop, and more of the scotch-ale elements. Not my kind of IPA.
stangger (583) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the downtown location in Madison. Notes only. Aroma is hoppy - citrus. Taste largely grapefruit. Bitter end. Ok.
tmoreau (2315) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampler at the Doty location to compare with the Hop Jack. Poured a similar hazed, orange/amber hue, maybe a bit more coppery, with decent, off white head foam, and wavey lacing. The aroma was also a good combo of pine and citrus, as grapefruit and orange, with a little more resin. Caramel sweetness was prevalent in both the nose and flavor. With medium+ hop bitterness, a medium body, and lively carbonation, this IPA was also crisp and quaffable. Flip a coin, I liked them both!
StefanSD (2087) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Great Dane brewpub in Wausau WI. Called Speedway IPA by them. Poured a rich amber color with a medium white head in a traditional pint glass. Good retention and lacing. The nose was soft with pine and citrus. The taste was biter hops forward with piney hops, resins and a hint of grapefruit set in a caramel and toffee base. The palate was full and smooth with lively carbonation. Finished short and clean. Overall: Very tasty IPA, one that I would be proud to brew.
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask into english pint, Madison brew pub (from my notes): Big creamy bubbling yellow oatmeal-looking head over a mostly clear, orange-copper beer. Nice thick lacing. Smell is mild, but there are some corn sugars in there with the faintly flowery hops. Creamy texture (from the cask), buttery caramel malts followed by a metallic, salty bitter in the finish. The middle is kind of mealy before the hops kick in, and overall I didnít really enjoy this as much as I wanted to. Some beers donít benefit from cask treatment.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reviewed from notes. On tap in Madison - August 2009.
Pours a moderate copper coloring with a tiny half-finger head on the initial pour. This quickly recedes and doesnít really leave much of any lacing behind. The nose is really light citrus hops with a bit of toffee backing it up.
The taste isnít much better than the nose. No off flavors, there just really isnít much going on. The hops are really light and there is just a bit of light bread in the background. The mouthfeel is decent with a medium body and a smooth character. Drinks fairly well for what it is, but not exactly what I would call an IPA.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 11-13-2010
jandd1983 (2505) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It poured a dark red-brown in color. The aroma was of pine and very hoppy. It had a medium body with a good texture and light finish. There were hints of malt with tons of pine hops in the flavor. Very good.
cbfobes (2273) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at brewpub, pours a clear golden with a thin head and some lacing, aroma is of bittering hops and a hint of soap, there is a slight citrusy flavor with a weak hop aftertaste, forgettable ipa