jaymobrown (1723) - 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 (2610) - 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.
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer Engine. Appearance was an extreme lacing with a rocky off-white head atop a red/copper body. The aroma smells of strawberry and apricot jam or marmalade. Swee with some bitter overtones. The flavor was bitter but not overpowering. Strawberry leaves. Sweet malts, caramel, and grassy hops. The palate was a watery body with a medium/light mouthfeel. Needs more carbonation. Bitterness sticks to mouth.
Ughsmash (7281) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a very cool reddish-orange color with a moderate creamy-white head. Citrus hops were certainly present in the nose (notably grapefruit and orange). These hops were also present in the taste, and mouthfeel was somewhat creamy and carbonated. Full-bodied, well-balanced, and a very nice hoppy aftertaste.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mildly hoppy aroma. Sweet and resinous with some pineapple, grass and a bitter bite. Could use a little more body, but good anyway.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh growler: Dull copper, largely bubbled and thin off-white cap, sparce lacing in strings.
Aroma is warm with mild darker citrus orange and grapefruit, lesser lemon notes and pine. One very nice and unique toasty malt backing reminds me of graham crackers and cinnamon toast.
Taste is broad, warm, subtle, and complex with a smoother balance then what was expected. Very well rounded hoppyness, no big edges here, straight up dark citrus of manderine orange, a good squeeze of red grapefruit pith, subjacent dry lemon peels and pine resin shadow the forefront. Bitterness is beyond in-check. The grapefruit juicyness gives most of the energy. But every rough edge and corner has been polished off by a peculiar warm toastyness thats still making me think of cinnamon toast or cinnamon biscuits. Uniquely balanced and flavored.
Feel is massively warm and thick for an IPA; full bodied, heavy creamyness ensues from front to back. Balanced more so towards the malt end as the hop tones are ghostly intertwined with more of a darker citrus tone then bright. Stiil clean though. Oh how I would like it to be a smidgeon crispier; then this would shine.
A pretty nice IPA, its thickness is pretty big and its hop tones are mellowed out compared to most. As I think through what I like about this beer is that it makes me think of what Bitter Woman would be like if it was more malt toned or perhaps aged. The Amarillos play a big role here but just not as bright as they could be. I hear this is much better on-cask, and I wouldn’t doubt that for a second. Its heavier texture just begs to be pulled not pushed.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark reddish-brown in color. Aroma of pine, very hoppy. Medium body with a slick texture and lightly astringent finish. Buttery malt with tons of pine hops in the flavor.