StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear and bright bronze in color with an icy & dusty grey sheaf for the head. Honey amaretto and cherry grahams kick start the beautiful aromatic display, geniusly complimented by simcoe sweet pie delight, nectary cedar pine, crumbled rhubarb and delicious strawberry scented bran. First sip affirms that itís a phenomenal bittering & flavor hop formula. In fact, itís an IPA at its cherry, strawberry and amaretto best. Balanced baby cakes with a nectar induced pine needle, dripping with cherry maple gloss. Backdrop Disaronno is aroused with a building bitterness which never detracts from the mostly sweet flavor hop impartations from simcoe and amarillo, lingering with a starfruit and sugar glazed grapefruit topicality. Supportive carbonation and balanced beyond belief. Oily amaretto smear gives a desirably thick quality to the body. Nuked, maple-like cherry crumble and a drumming bitterness resound prophetically in the finish. This oneís got fury, but itís balanced so well that itís truly enjoyable at every sip and posturing throughout the experience.
pinkzambia (1802) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Clear dark gold with really no head. Sweet hop aromas of citrus and lemongrass. It has a pretty intense bitter flavor up front, almost hairspray like. It seems to have a flavor of green weeds, wood, and some fruit. It leaves a lingering bitterness that almost makes you want to eat something to cleanse the palate. It has a pretty smooth feel. Thanks Santa!
IndianaRed (3482) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
<!-- B -->Bottle<!-- /B --> Pours a pelucid slightly orangeish yellow. Large persistant foamy white head. Long lasting sticky lacing. Soft dull but attractive hoppy aroma. Not the sharp spicy knd of other western IPAs. Mild malty backbone and lightly fizzy. Overall a nice middle of the road IPA. Thanks to <!-- B -->pinkzambia<!-- /B --> fo the bottle.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2007 Bottle @ TimEís House: Gold color, light yellow and a thin white head and some moderate lacing. The nose is strong with carbonation and a sharp grassy citrusy hop note, nearly no malt in the nose. The flavor is grassy and citrusy with a fumey grapefruit note, lacking a malt biscuit backdrop giving this a high school musical feel to it. Real emotion, but cheap props. The finish delivers though with a full body and a clean finish, nice hoppy tail, plenty of malt in the mouthfeel. Decent, needs a bit more bitterness and alcohol for me, falls right into the regular ipa category for me.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color. Aroma is malt, citrus, hops. Flavor is hops, citrus, floral, nice finish. Good IPA.
shigadeyo (3589) - Cincinnati, 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 (10860) - 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 (2106) - 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 (3333) - 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.