BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2007
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Great Lakes is one of my favorite breweries, but I was somewhat disappointed by this beer. When I opened this bottle, there was an unmistakable skunky aroma which I thought was impossible for an IPA. The bottle was in-code (stamped 06/19/2007). Eventually the aroma dissipated, but even without it I thought the flavor was just OK. Not recommended.
This beer was very light in color for an IPA with good head formation and a bright sparkling nature. Aroma was obviously skunky, but eventually most of this dissipated. Aside from the methyl butyl thiol (skunk), aroma was lightly hoppy and not terribly impressive. Flavor was very light for an IPA...more akin to an English style IPA. I could feel a bit of hops in the back of my throat but otherwise mouthfeel was a bit watery. I was surprised this beer is 7.5% ABV - not that 7.5% is a giant percentage, but nonetheless it was hidden fairly well in this beer.
I canít say Iíd recommend this beer.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAY 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge hops presence with no shortage of spice, perfume, floral & citrus notes, and evergreen resin. Pours a sparkling yellow gold. The full creamy white head is mostly lasting and leaves sticky curtains of light lace. The flavor is burnt bitterness through & through. Pretty stiff stuff, but hey - Iím a hop head so full speed ahead. Once this brew warms some it softens as malt is able to bleed through somewhat to add a little balance. The full creamy body is soft and feels dry at the finish.
nearbeer (4723) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2008 Draft, Cleveland airport. Shiny, clear orange-amber with medium head that lasts fairly well. Aroma is citrus-pine hop with strong malt frame. Flavor is same, malt becomes more evident later, with nice hop-malt aftertaste. Palate is smooth and oily with a nicely understated carbonation and hop tingle.
nihar (68) - Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of hops and fruits.. pours clear golden with a frothy head... tastes like a hopped IPA as expected with a nice bitterness
jcr (2517) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber pour with an average, frothy, diminishing head. Nose presents light to average malts, mostly grain. The hops, as expected in an IPA, come to the forefront, though average in intensity for this style. Notes of flowers, perfume, grapefruit and orange. The flavor is bitter with undertones of sweet orange juice. The bitterness lingers. Medium body with a sticky texture. Average carbonation. Tasty.
WeeHeavySD (3367) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 3, 2007
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, bonus via trade with bgburdman9. Thanks. Pours surprisingly light orange with a thin bright white head. The aroma is super tame. The taste is sweet and the hoppiness is hidden on the front end and relatively sweet and strong and lighttly bitter on the back end. The aroma portends crap but it ainít half bad.
blastoff (21) - Alabama, USA - MAY 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good, but fairly "light" for an IPA. Not overly hopped. Mildly citrus. Perhaps a good introductory IPA to those who might not otherwise like them. Solid, but not noteworthy. A good deal at $7/six pack.
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is m favorite of the Great Lakes line so far. Poured to a golden orange, with medium white head that lingered well into the drink, and left good lacing up and down the glass. Aroma was immediately strong grassy hops, whcih set up well for the tingly bitter mouthfeel to follow. At mid-glass, the 7.5 abv made itself more known, blending perfectly with the hoppy-grassy flavor. This all led to a very pleasant bitter-dry finish.
Way to go on this one GL!!!
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - APR 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at brewpub, claimed to be 8 percent, so this may have been different from the bottled variety. fruityness thoughout, orange in appearence, great piney/citrus scent with some other fruits (strawberrys). Really liked this.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Honey yellow pour with a firm white cap. The nose is an initial hop blast, but strong buttery notes start to emerge as it warms. Thin bodied with little malt backing. The best thing about this IPA is the tongue scraping bitterness that lingers long into the finish. Piney and grassy with some rindish notes as well. I may actually choose Burning River over this though for drinkability.