jcr (2544) - 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 (3379) - 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 ain’t 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.
BeNobleDark (62) - Allendale, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
FANTASTIC IPA! This brew absolutely surprised me! Great aroma, and the brew itself was full of complexity and flavor. The complexity of this IPA blew me away! It was a fantastic balance of initial bitter, hops, flavor, and alcohol. This was an excellent IPA, i highly reccomend!
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden/orange with a short lived head. Great hop aroma - lots of pine and citrus. Decent malt middle before nice bitter finish. Very well made.
ElGaucho (2388) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Somewhat subdued hop aroma but nice. Aromatic. Slight haze, otherwise clear body with scattered slow rising bubbles. Large, lasting, very slightly off-white head. Nice appearance. Excellent IPA. Strong and piney. I can’t believe I’ve never rated this brew before. For some reason I seem to have trouble remembering which GL brews I’ve had which ones I haven’t. Very underrated.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Light straw color with a thick head. Aroma is mostly pine resin. Body is medium and tastes about like the aroma. Fairly quick finish.