3fourths (8600) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pint at the downtown Madison location. Fitting orange hazy appearance with a velvety white head, it looks delicious. Fresh cut grass and citrus orange juice greet the nose, with some floral hop cones as well. Flavor is similar but with a pretty large twang all over the mouth, suggesting something isn’t quite right here. Cardboard creeps in along with the wet hop oils, and over time there’s flavors of medicinal lip balm and gauze. Low carbonation, almost cask-like but this is CO2, and it finishes with a bit of a vegetable note. Started well, ended poorly.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap from the downtown brewpub. Pours deep dark copper with a nice medium sized head that lasts. Aroma of pine, citrus and earthy malt. Taste is mostly the same as the aroma. Good bitterness and good earthy and sweet finish. Somewhat of a heavy brew. Great balance on this.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub on 6/22/07: Pours a transparent bright copper with a well-lacing froth of white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and big fresh grapefruity presence. Body starts full with nice caramel sweet balance with good citrusy bittering and flavor hops before a smooth, bittersweet finish. A nice IPA.
kseecs16 (1213) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint from the cask at the downtown pub. Very full hops with a characteristic cask silkiness. Appeared copper with reddish hue. Very dry lingering no frills hop flavor. Nice and hoppy, but a bit one dimensional. Regardless this is a nice hop fix.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Source: Brewpub, Madison
clear amber, fine dirty white head, lots of lace,
sweet caramel and citrus aroma,
sweet caramel malt flavor with lots of tasty citrus hops,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good stuff, my fave IPA from GD. Rich hop aroma, good orangish color and hops that coat the back of your throat. I agree that it lacks carbonation, in a good way. Could drink a few of these in a sitting for sure
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Great Dane Brew Pub (Downtown Madison Location). On cask. Poured a medium and cloudy / murky orange color a small sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, light caramel, and some pine. Tastes of caramel, citrus, and lighter pine. Nicely balanced.
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think this is one of GD’s best offerings. May have to do with it being on the hand pump. Thin head with unfiltered orange-amber coloring. Nose is light pine and citrus. Very easy drinking, not too carbonated, which detracts from ipa usually. Finish is smooth with ample hop bitterness.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ the brewpub (downtown): Poured a clear copper color with an off white head. Aroma, citrus and earthy hops, with some spices. Flavor, caramel malts up front with a spicy earthy hoppy finish. Nice bitterness in there as well. Good stuff.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chicago Trip. Sunday 23:01. Sample tray. Very dark amber. Where’s the aroma?! Nicely hopped flavour, a little bit of tangerine. Just no finishing or aromatic hops. This could be really good with some tiny adjustments.