Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Great Lakes Brewery. Semi-cloudy golden amber. Intense hop aroma and flavor, can you say bitter? Bitter like fresh grapefruit. Very warming. Medium body and very complimentary maltiness. Dry with sweet pear aftertaste.
kramer (5038) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, via Zathrus13. Pours a clear dark gold colored body under a small tight bubbled, fairly creamy, white head. Some light lazy carbonation visible. Aroma is mostly floral hops with a light citric component. Some light doughy malt below. Flavor is moderately hoppy up front, and becomes pretty bitter on the finish. The malt is pretty minimal, revealing a bit too much of the 7.5% alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate fizzy carbonation. This one just didn’t do it for me in the end. It seemed way too one dimensional and boring. All bitterness all the time.
AlabastorJones (805) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
big rocky head, clear gold body, caramel hop nose, super dry hop flavor, grassy and slightly citrusy (more like the rind than the fruit), interesting and different, very dry
decaturstevo (5168) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An orange/gold pour. A storng presense of hops and malt. A rich almost thich sweet malt and hop flavor with an excellent roasty bitter. Palate is thick as well. A very nice beer. Thanks Jay.
Suttree (5194) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crystal Orange, no head to speak of. Grapefruit and maybe a hint of resin in the aroma. Very sticky, earthy resiny hop flavor dominates. Some peppery, spicy notes, as well. Long, sticky aftertaste.
TheEpeeist (3373) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Super clear pink orange with a whipped egg white head. Leaves a lump and lace splats. Light pine and floral grapefruit. Crisp and dry with a peppery juniper bite; like a martini. As the hops numb the taste buds orange and tangerine emerge. A classic IPA.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2006 Very light, slightly floral, grainy aroma. Light copper orange in color with a fluffy white two finger thick head. Sweet malt and bitter hops get equal play in the fore....both linger. The malts meld with slightly toasted grain notes while the hops become citric and floral on a seperate path. There is a sort of delicate strength to this beer. It’s not bullish, but it has a lot of flavor concentration. Quite nice and a pleasant suprise....I especially like the sweet toasty flavor that lingers in the aftertatse alongside the orange rind bitterness. I wish more IPA’s were like this.
Ughsmash (7158) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured a clear, lighter golden with a short cap of white head and some rather nice lacing. Nose picked up primarily floral hoppage with a dry, subtle toffee, light fruit, and caramel backing. The flavor had pine and floral bitterness with a sweet malty base... became sticky right at the finish... alcohol was a tad more prevalent than I would have liked.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Sliffy for this one. Pours a light amber with nice lasting head. Decent carbonation and great lacing. Aroma and flavor is of mild hops and a touch of malts. Almost felt creamy to the palate. A little bitter at the finish (in a good way). Very nice IPA. Thanks again Sliffy
shadey (1904) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2008 Light clear orange color. Only wispy white head. Some lacing. Aroma is light fruity hops. Flavor is the highlight of this beer. Big full fresh hops all wrapped up in a full body. Delicious but lacking in bouquet and lacks the looks. 6/3/8/4/17
RERATE: 12oz bottle fresh. Pours a brights melon orane with a thin head of tight white bubbles. The looks are really lacking with this beer. Aroma is bright fresh hops, fruity and clean. The flavor is a little bit more resiny, but also fruity. Good stuff. 7/2/7/3/17