nuplastikk (3820) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz shorty bottle. Pours a murky brown-orange color with a monstrous foamy off-white head. Toasty malt and bitter west coast hop aroma. Certainly has a nice west coast hop bite to it, with a solid malty backbone as well. Well balanced, with a somewhat soapy, bitter aftertaste laced with malty sweetness. Somewhat middle of the road for a Northwest IPA, certainly a well-crafted, enjoyable beer.
blindeyedbetty (189) - Utah, USA - AUG 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle pours a rich, cloudy penny color with granules of something in the bottom and a frothy off white head which leaves doily-like lacing as it slinks into oblivion. The aroma is of a crisp MacIntosh apple and freshly tanned leather. Front palate is tart - almost citrusy - with a hoppy middle and finish. Medium bodied beer with one of the most interesting palates I’ve experienced. Not what I expected from an IPA - AT ALL - but deliciously unexpected. Like a kumquat, you kind of have to keep on going to get the whole experience of the beer. I would love to pair this with a baked pork chop with mango-cranberry chutney, cornbread muffins and creamed spinach. I’m not sure if this is ’traditional’ as far as the IPA style is concerned, but it is really a nice surprise and I think I could introduce this to my newer ’newbie’ micro buddies with ease.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange to amber in color. Smallish off-white head. Caramel and mildly toasted biscuit aromas. HInts of citric peels in the far reaches. Darker caramel flavor in the beginning. Some light citrus juice and wood in the middle. A touch of toasted rye bread in the finish. Dry bitter linger. Seems to lose all sweetness and some balance half way through.
chadje (170) - California, USA - AUG 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle. A nice citrus aroma. Pourse a nice light amber color and a good sized head. A nice good IPA. Nothing special here, but pretty good.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at The Owl and Thistle. Pale amber, thin head with surprisingly little lacing for a draft pour. Nose is gently hoppy, mild, caramelly nose. Palate is yeasty, coppery, metallic. Bloody poor IPA.
ben4321 (3347) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Norm’s, 8/2/09
Aroma: Nice citrus hop whiff, grapefruit, some tropical fruits there as well, a touch of caramel as well
Appearance: Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a thin head
Flavor: Not quite as nice as the nose, sweet citrus hops are there, some spice and caramel malts, balanced, lacking bite
Palate: Decent mouthfeel here, medium body, pretty decent
This one started off nicely, nice pour, nice nose, but unfortunately the flavor was just a bit lacking. I’m not going to kill this one by any means, it is solid, but to me, it just didn’t have that hop bite that I look for in an IPA. I’d almost describe it as an ESB hiding as an IPA, if that makes any sense.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy, deeper orange body with a finger-width, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity with a light piney-wood aroma. Definitely leans more towards the fruit (grapefruit and mangos). Flavor is very fruity and earthy, but not as sweet as expected. Mango, apricot nectar-esque, grapefruit taste with just enough caramel backing. A bit grainy, a light herbal spice, and not as extreme as some west coast IPA’s, but pretty tasty. Finishes dry with a fruity, medium bitter, light sweet caramel aftertaste with a moderate duration. Medium bodied with a touch of a carbonated tickle. Overall, a surprisingly tasty IPA. I like the fruits involved in this one. Solid bitterness with a balanced caramel. Pretty good deal at $2.99 for a 22oz.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, earth, slight grapefruit, lychee, and a hint of pineapple. Poured dark orange/amber in color with a small, creamy, off-white head that lasted throughout. Hazy. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of hops, lychee, light caramel, slight malts, slight pineapple, resin, light grapefruit, and some grains. Medium body. Lightly sticky, thinish texture. Average carbonation. Hoppy, light grapefruit, light caramel malt finish is a little dry.
Beardface (1516) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from Bier Stein. Clear amber pour, very small white head. Aroma mainly grapefruit with some light toffee and caramel malt. Flavor is citrus, caramel and some light skunkiness. Not awful, but not one I need again.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice food beer. had it with some nice Oyster PoBoy, a great combination. This beer exhibits a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness, it is not a hop bomb. It has some piney notes and some grapefruit, but also some candied sugar notes. Very drinkable.