shigadeyo (3190) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 8/05/2006: Dark orange, almost amber color. Nice foamy head that stays around. Aroma is hops with a bit of evergreen or something. Not overly crisp flavor, there is a fair amount of maltiness to balance the hops and something else lingering around that I canít put my finger on. As a result, the hoppiness is not overpowering. The alcohol is well hidden (I had no idea the alcohol was so high!). A good beer from Great Lakes, but not their best, in my opinion. I was hoping for a more hops in the flavor and finish.
22 oz. draught, $4.95 at the Winking Lizard Tavern (Crosswoods). Rating: 6 3 6 3 12 = 3.
Serving: oz bottle. Thanks Matt!
Event: Weekly Friday night tasting.
Location: Riverís Bend Wine & Spirits.
Aroma: Grassy hops. Maybe some peach and apricot as well.
Appearance: Transparent marigold color with a foamy light ivory-colored head.
Flavor: Sweet and malty with hop flavors of grapefruit and light pine. Moderate bitterness overall.
Palate: Soft, subtle carbonation. Medium-light body.
Overall: This is a well-balanced IPA. Very enjoyable and sessionable.
Dogbrick (9181) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is a clear dark golden-amber color with a medium fluffy off-white head with decent retention. Thin sheets of lacing. Aroma of grassy hops and citrus. Medium body with a smooth mouthfeel. Piney hops at first, with sweet malt and spices in the background. At 7.5%, the beer seems to straddle the line between "Regular" and "Imperial" IPA. The finish is bitter hops at first, with a resiny malt undertone. The aftertaste is long-lasting and dry. As with most of GLBCís beers, this is well done.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap @ Underbar - Chicago: Orange in color with a thin off white head. Aromas of tangerine, orange and hops. I didnít know it was an ipa when i ordered but now i can tell, but not by much. The flavors are hoppy, grapefruit, orange, and malt with a lightly bitter finish. Although the abv seems higher than it tasted, this would make a good session beer.
jrob21 (2854) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice hops. I swear I got a taste of some strawberry and/or bubble gum. Typical bitterness in the finish. Fruity aromas. Good but not ground breaking.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another gputty hookup. Clear gold with a wiisp of a white head. Orange and grapefruit nose, some herbal notes. Nice, intense bitter flavor, herbal and floral. Pepper and citrus rind finish.
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not especially hoppy for an IPA. Floral aftertaste. Nothing that sperates it form others in the same category.
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2006
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, golden, not much head, somewhat better, floral, very surprised at alcohol content listed here, very filling
pineypower (2689) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Sliffy for this one. Pours out a light copper color with a small white head. The aroma is rather plain, some hops there but not overlly obvious. The taste is somewhat light for the alcohol content, but what it lacked on aroma it made up on taste. Nice balance only complaint is that it wasnít hoppy enough. Flavors of floral hops and some sweet malts.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUL 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty pale gold color, crystal clear, with smallish white head. Aroma has mild musty, citrusy hops, mildly spicey, with a bit of light caramel and kilned malts. Flavor has grainy malts, bit of spicey hops, touch of vanilla and caramel. Finish has a mildly bitter, smooth finish.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear deep golden with a nice, well-lacing wispy white head. Aroma is fairly assertive and hoppy with a mild touch of sweeter caramel malt showing up. Body starts with a light sugary malty sweetness with a slight corn and cooked vegetable flavor, only momentarily before some fresh piney hops take over and lead to a drier bittersweet and crisp finish. A decent IPA that would be very nice were it not for the off-flavor.