cbfobes (2609) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewery, pours a hazy amber with no head, the aroma has a full blast of centennial hops with floral and citrus notes, the flavor has a great balance of malt and hops, great find at the Grumpy Troll.
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at brewpub. Pours hazy, golden-orange. Lots of spicy hops with a little hop backbone. Pretty well hopped for an APA. Pretty decent.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - MAR 12, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewpub.
Pours cloudy amber-orange with little to no head. Not much aroma, mostly just piney hops. Flavor is also a hop-bomb with little malt sweetness or citrus notes typically found in an American IPA -- just bitter, piney, dish-soapy hops in liquid form. Medium-full palate with long bitter aftertaste. Not a particularly subtle or well-balanced beer I was hoping it would be a more intense version of their Grumpy Creek APA -- no such luck. Maybe unrepentant hopheads who like to drink liquid IBUs will like this, but I sure didn’t.
nuplastikk (4878) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium bodied and fruity. A hybrid of IPA and APA tastes. Clean and easy drinking with a nice astringency. Reminds me a lot of West Coast beers in its hops.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler. Poured a clear medium orange color with a soapy off white head. Smelled of subdued pine with whiffs of graham cracker and hay. Light to medium bodied with moderate bitterness and delicate sweetness. Toffee and subdued grapefruit flavors emerged, but overall the flavor was a bit flat. Nothing offensive.
Skyview (5282) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draught at the brewpub in downtown Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. Pours a clear golden amber brew with a creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates to a white ring and leave behind some excellent lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, both cascade and grassy hops and a hint of tangerine zest. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of dry caramel malt, some citrus zest, tobacco and dry herbs. Finish is semi-dry with aftertastes of grapefruit zest, tobacco, and some dry herbs that leaves behind a lingering dry bitterness finish.
Scubatrip (605) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2009
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewpub, pours clear with a very small nose. Taste is harsh - bitter, malty, earthy (see: dirt) hops, just a bit of caramel. It has an aggressive taste, but not in a good way. It does mellow some with successive sips, and the flavor grows as the glass empties. Admittedly, this was one of the last ones I tried in the 11-sampler, so it was warm, but while this is usually the best way to rate a beer, I hope it was better while it was cold. Ok.
pepsican (1471) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper pour with a small white head. Aroma is earthy hops and caramel. Flavor is orange up front, with a nice floralness coming on the back end. Has some caramel and toffee malt flavor, along with a goofy graininess. I almost get a touch of rye as well, but no mention of that leads me to believe it’s just a dry, hop quality. Mildly bitter and a tad thick for the style.