Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the downtown location. Clear light copper body, medium to thin off-white head. Light nose at such a cold serving temperature, but tangy, piney hops notes developed over time. Citrusy, piney body, thin, with a strange transition to an earthy, somewhat off-putting finish. Almost a stale flavor, cardboardy. Still drinkable, but flawed.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Tap) Pours an amber color with little head and served warm. Aroma of hops and pine. Taste includes citrus, pine, and light caramel malts. A pretty good IPA, but rather unremarkable at the same time.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub. poured a clear orange color. Head was thin, white, and left some nice lace on the glass. Attractive aroma of grapefruity hops, toffee, and malty cereal grain. Crisp and slightly sweet on the tongue with assertive hop bitterness quickly overcoming the sweetness. Medium bodied with grapefruit, malty caramel, and toffee flavors. Very good IPA.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear headless amber red. Aroma is very fruity, citrus, floral, some pine notes as well. Flavor follows the aroma and backs it up with a good caramel-malt backbone. Palate is a bit flat and watery, as one would expect from a cask-drawn ale. I found this to be much better balanced than the standard CO2-drawn version.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
#932, On tap at the brewery while on a trip thanks to the University of Wisconsin. Aparently cask. Clear with no head, nose is flat taste is sweet with lots of rose perfume and hops. Sharp towards the end and as warms even more.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Handpull. Clear amber body with off white head, lasting cover. The aroma is light, soem grapefruit and pine. The flavor is dry, mostly resinous pine. The mouthfeel is thin and watery.
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 (3240) - 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.