NachlamSie (3000) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Jungle Jimís best before August 10, 2010. Pours a hazy light copper with a well formed white head. It doesnít really look like an IIPA. The aroma is of cheesy hops and bitter pepper and garlic. Not a whole lot of citrus on this one. The palate is sticky. I find the flavor to be adequately bitter but it lacks real hop definition. I like more dank or citrus notes from the style. Still, this is not too bad. I had another bottle last night and enjoyed it a little more. Iíll have to rerate one of the couple bottles I have left.
patrick767 (3728) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle - Pours hazy copper with a lingering off-white head. It has a huge citrus hop aroma. The flavor is similar with strong, grapefruit accented hops held up by a good malt backing. Itís crisp and full bodied with a long, bitter finish. Very solid.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu sent this in a 20 pound assorted box. Nose is caramel and vanilla among the hoppiness. Hazy orange amber with thick lace for the entire life of the glass. Hints of citrus maybe, or even mango, possibly. Big sweet bold flavor. Fuzzy and sharp at the same time. Can definitely taste the alcohol in this one. Sticky sweetness in the back of this one. Luh vit!
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours a slightly cloudy gold with a foamy white head. The nose is full of herbal hops, earthy notes, and a bit of caramel sweetness. The flavor is sweet then very bitter with an abundance of herbal hops and malt sweetness. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a long, bitter finish. Overall it is a pretty solid IIPA
tmoreau (2995) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle at Lunar Brewing Co.. Poured to a Czech-pils glass with a hazed, orangy amber color, a decent, bubbly, light tan head, and lasting, wavy lacing. The aroma was hints of dank grain, more mid-fruit than citrus, and a touch of resin. The flavor then impressed me much more, adding strong hop bitterness and warming alcohol to a full body. Started out rather British, but then finished very American style.
HonusWagner (1746) - Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a particularly noteworthy nose, not strong enough to please or offend, but I catch whiffs of spicy hop notes. Based on the taste, Iíd guess they used Simcoe as the primary bittering hop and thereís a nice mixture of fruity and spicy flavor notes. The finish is extremely bitter, about as bitter as I can recall in any beer, and while not off-putting itís not ideal either. This is a beer Iíd see myself drinking on occasion, but I like other GL offerings more.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Clear orange amber, white foamy head, lacing, medium hop and citrus nose, flavor is slightly sweet, plenty of hops, but with a hint of soapiness (Cuyahoga River water i presume?) . Anyway, decent .
craftbeerdesign (2250) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sample at SAVOR on 6/5/10. golden color with a white head. light hop nose - citrus hops... would like a bigger hop profile out of the glass. medium body with light fruit (apricot) and citrus bitterness... with some light malt backing. hops throughout the body. nice IIPA.
SrSilliGose (3322) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at firkin. pours a bright amber orange with a big soapy head. this beer was super fruity. all kinds of tropical fruits, tangerines, oranges, citrusy fruits. some light pine. Some of the best complimentary sweetness iíve seen in a IIPA. never cloying. never sugary. just a big fruit parfait of flavors. some caramel thrown in as well. pretty good. a unique tropical fruit laden iipa that exceeded expectations.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2012 Re-rate at Binnyís south loop. Pours a deep gold with a thin head. Nose is some vegetal notes, floral fruity hops and citrus. Taste is intensely bitter, booze, medium sweetness that throws it off a bit. Better than last time but still lacking. 6-4-6-3-13
Draft at Whole Foods on Lincoln Park. Pours a hazy deep copper with fluffy head that stays. My initial whiff is a shit ton of DMS. Cooked asparagus, then some lightly piny hops and caramel. Not a fan of the smell. Slightly fusel as well. On taste, initially I get more of the fusel notes and some light cooked vegetables, followed by a slightly astringent bitterness and mint. As it goes on, it gets better, sweetens up a bit. Thereís something not right about this one, but still glad I tried it.