sherm1016 (1243) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Great Dane in Wausau. Pours a clear amber color with a white head and some lacing. Aroma is lightly hoppy, some pine. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, bready, pine hops, with a bitter pine finish. Underwhelming.
AWISLguy (1694) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at the Doty brewpub. Pours from 10 pulls on the cask and comes out very cloudy sandy/muddy tan that eventually dissipates into an unclear orangey-brown with a firm head. Naturally being from cask, great retention on the head. Aroma has resin and citrus and some pine, all somewhat muted. Taste is of sticky resin, sweet caramel, slightly bitter grapefruit and orange, and spruce. Sticky full body. A touch of an off flavor up front, but through the glass it became less off-putting. Finishes bittersweet and of medium length. Didn’t love, didn’t hate. Fairly easy drinker.
nuplastikk (5031) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Wausau. Toasty classic sub-par brwepub IPA. Unfiltered cloudy orange-brown. Thin, oily head laces the glass. Moderate orange-citrus, relatively well balanced. Somewhat mild and watery, not so memorable. OK, but too watery to love. My numbers seem way too generous.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at the brewpub in Madison, WI. Pours a deeper golden, slight orange tinted body with a finger-width, frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is light with some sugary florals and stale hops with a thin, but sweet caramel. Flavor is really sweet. Lots of sweet orange fruits, some earth and lemon pines, thin caramels, and a slightly buttery toffee. Finishes sweet and fruity with a moderate bitterness that dries this lightly. Lengthy aftertaste following a light body and a light carbonation. Overall, this wasn’t a very good IPA. Really sweet and fruity with a soapy hop bitterness and an off flavored caramel.
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 bartender’s pour from the tapper. Bitter at the end and thick bodied. I’ll have to try it again some other time to give it another chance.
hombrepalo (1929) - 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 (7878) - Plymouth, 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 (603) - 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 (2902) - 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 (2218) - 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.