ben4321 (3354) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Shop Rite - Hoboken, 9/30/10
Aroma: The nose is citrusy, some grapefruit, underlying yeast, and light wood
Appearance: It pours a clearish caramel-orange color with a small frothy white head atop it
Flavor: It has a fruity sweetness, is medium (plus) bitter, and has a bit more wood then the nose
Palate: This one has a medium body, a somewhat creamy feel, and pretty much no heat
I liked this one. A tasty beer. The oak is present, but not overpowering. The flavor is well-balanced, and tasty. The body is pretty good, as well, and as easy to drink as this one is it could be dangerous.
TheJester (1651) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 mL bottle. Mild American IPA aroma, with little barrel aroma. There is little barrel in the flavour as well, until the beer warms. Hops are softened by the aging, but the result is a very smooth, drinkable beer.
dcschiller (2154) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle). Pours a hazy, deep copper with off-white head. Lots of carbonation and lacing already shaping up. Definitely smell the oak and faintly catch the citrus and pine. Taste is semi-sweet. I am getting the vanilla as well. The oak aged beers that Iíve had have a dry mouthfeel and the flavors tend to be quite muted. This one isnít as dry and the vanilla flavor is there. It has a creamy texture with nice (not overpowering) vanilla finish. Didnít think Iíd care for this, but I might actually have this again.
BeerandBlues2 (8459) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Great Divide. Pours clear copper with an average, creamy cream colored head, medium retention and good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, caramel, toasted), heavy hops (herbal, grassy, woody), and average esters (fruity). Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted), heavy hops (herbal, spicy, woody), and light esters (fruity). Medium body, low warmth and creaminess, high carbonation, and a dry and biting finish.
daknole (8006) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich amber pour. Light head. Aroma of citrus, cedar, pine, and some wet malty aromas. Flavor is a nice blend of malt and hops. Some citrus and pine hops, honey, wheat crackers. Nice beer.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours clear copper with light tan head and spotty lacing. The aroma is hoppy grapefruit and tangelo mixing with spicy oak and a sliver of malt sweetness. The taste hits with spicy oak, pine hops and then picks up smooth small rolling waves of grapefruit, tangelo, tangerine and tart pineapple. By midway and to the finish some of the hops and spicy oak resin fall back to reveal more wood notes and malty sweetness.
topherh (1899) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is light caramel, fruity, lots of hops. Flavor is fruity, mellow hops, rich malt, with alcohol well hidden.
Ernest (5904) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (caramel), moderately hoppy (apricot, grapefruit, resin), with notes of raw wood, dried mango, candy sugar, vanilla.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, creamy/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic, lightly astringent.
The nose is reasonably nice, albeit on the soft side for an American IPA (which although uncharacteristic is much more to my liking than simplistic resin bombs). As with most of their oak-chipped affairs, though, the wood note is rather raw and crude. Too syrupy-sticky sweet in the mouth to be very enjoyable to drink.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours very amber for an IPA with almost no head. Nose is quite hoppy with a bit of green apple malt in the background. Flavor is very subdued for an IPA; moderate floral hops and a generic fruity malt but neither overwhelms. Finish is weak. This isnít really an IPA, IMO, but is fairly drinkable.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange, thick white head. Aroma of caramel, woody resinous notes, grass, earth, citrus. Caramel sweet flavor, a hint of oak, but itís not a very strong component. I donít think I would have tasted oak at all if I wasnít expecting it. Finishes with citrus, grass, hop resin. Definitely a decent IPA, but would have liked more oak.