Great Dane Texas Speedbump IPA
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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Winter   ABV: -
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2006
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2006
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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2006
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
biermensch (64) - USA - FEB 26, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alemale (5) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2005 does not count
From the beer engine. Amber color, no/little head, which was surprising. Very bitter and hoppy, I enjoyed this thoroughly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUL 27, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2005
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.

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