jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From the tap, served in a imperial pint glass.
Made a decent appearance, poured a clear reddish amber with a foamy beige head that settled into a thin bubbly lacing, moderate carbonation.
Had a citric rind nose with a sweet maltiness in the background.
A crisp, smooth medium bodied mouth feel, average AIPA drinkability.
Citric rind and floral earthy hop taste, mildly bitter on the tongue, that homebrew nugget flavor that I am not a fan of, a slight fruitiness follows the initial hop taste, a buried sweet maltiness that stay below the surface and a dryish citric and earthy finish.
When I went into the Great Dane for the first time on my recent visit to Madison, I had checked past reviews and was looking forward to trying this, so maybe my expectations were too high, but this was disappointing, an average AIPA at best, maybe I just got the end of, or a bad batch of this brew, the only really off beer I had at the Dane.
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Fitchburg Great Dane location. The bronze colored body retained a thin layer of head within the small sampler glass. Muted hop notes competed with soy nuts, spruce and oak for the affection of my nose. Within the body I found a nice subtle hop flavor balanced with a mild bitterness, pine needles, caramelized onions and orange peels. At the finish, it become more citrusy. I believe this one was offered on cask the day I visited (May 13, 2006)
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap at brewpub.Pours a nice dark amber color with nice head.Great piney hop nose on this one.Great hop presence followed by caramel malts.A touch of thinness in the body,but overall real good!
biermensch (64) - USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Aroma of pine suggests dry hopping. Nice amber appearance with a thin, lacy head. Tastes of roasted malt and bitter hops. Has a surprising bite for a Great Dane offering - a pleasant surprise.
Alemale (5) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2005 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the beer engine. Amber color, no/little head, which was surprising. Very bitter and hoppy, I enjoyed this thoroughly.
jaymobrown (1644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy. Very hoppy. Finally something in a beer around here. Not too much flavor after that but I’m grateful for this. Bitter. Some cookie flavors as well. Perhaps my favorite one that I had.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had a full glass of this one for the road after the big sampler bone. Had a red grapefruit aroma. Cooper color body with decent head. A good citrus flavor that was cool and crisp. Left a slight dry aftertaste.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy orange/amber, short head. Citric and strong herbal aromas. Sweet toffeeish body, lots of hop bitterness to scrub the sweetness away. Long bitter finish.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUL 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pre-rate rant: What is the deal with so many so-called IPAs that barely smell like hops at all? Brewpubs are the worst offenders here. Not very strong, vaguely bitter, and a miserly pinch of hops in the nose. Why bother calling them IPAs? All that to say, Great Dane has not made the same mistake with this IPA. Wow. Really big hop fragrance. Wonderfull citrus and floral hops with some light malty sweetness. Even seated outdoors at the Great Dane, I could smell this before I got it up to my nose. Just a bit of pale head on a copper red body. A big bracing chewy bitterness than lingers into the finish. Substantial on the palate, but not overly thick. Very good.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Totally clear orange / bronze. White wisp in the center for the head, and creamy white lacing along the edges. One of the best aromas of their beers - heavenly hop bouquet, sweet lemon grass, honey, herbal butter and buttered-rum toffee. Flavors match aroma predictors. Dry. Fresh. Nice up-front hops. Some thinning, but the hops assert a sense of nevermind. All in all, very respectable. Nice, dry palate finish.