TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at the Half Acre Taproom (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice deep golden amber hue, a touch darker in the body, gentle darker harvest golden glow, subtle haze is slight overall, still moving towards transparent. Lively carbonation in the body with a cakey head atop, decent layer sticks around ok. Aromas are a touch stale, earthy hops and bready malt meet some mellow fruity hops, touches of lemon, grass, a gentle cattiness. More florals, lemon and earth. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, some sharper swipes of bitter florals, some metallic notes, grass and citrus soils. Some cattiness, pine, and melon. Dry sharp bitter notes are a touch metallic, dry, mellow cereal and bready grains. Middle shows touches of fruit, subtle melon, faint tropical fruit. Some lingering fruit, dry grains. For it’s more girthy ABV, it feels lighter, dry, but still offers some sharpness that seems a bit off. Gentle bready malts, dry grain, florals. Some mellow soapy hops, florals and gentle citrus rind, faint white grape as we start finishing. While the nose eventually settles out, it was a bit stale to start. More fruity as we let it stand. The beer itself is crisper and dry, sharply bitter at times. Hard to manage many 7% ABV IPAs in my time, but it’s a solid offering overall. Preferred Avione though.
ReggieDunlap (2894) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a slightly hazy orange with a thick and creamy white head...nice lacing and retention. Aroma has notes of orange, grapefruit, and floral/hoppy spice...slight pine accent. Flavor is a nice mix of grapefruit, fresh hoppy spice, and mild pine. The mouthfeel is medium/full and the finish is dry and earthy/resinous...just right. Great beer.
vyvvy (3553) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at STL Hops 6th Anniversary Party - This was one of the highlights of the party. Pours clear yellow/gold with a small white head. The aroma has tropical hops, cattiness, pine and light malt - very hop forward. It has a medium / light body with soft carbonation. The flavor begins with pine, grapefruit, tropical fruit and dry cracker malt. The finish is even fruitier. This is great. Alcohol is very hidden. I was expecting this to be much lower when I pulled it up to enter the rating.
kaser (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at links in Chicago. Orange pour with white head. Deliciousness. Apricot and hopppy fruit flavors. Great beer
crossovert (6093) - Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Honey pour with a feeble white head. The smell is a nice blend of tropical fruits and sweet herbs. Flavor has typicla HA yeast and malt terroir, malts are a bit biscuity. Hop flavor is sharp with an ample bitterness, flavors of light fruit and spices. Its pretty good.
jstraw (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Yellow-gold with creamy, white head, fair lacing / Bright nose of citrus, pine, weed, resin / Light to medium body, a touch thin for a 7%’er, hoppy with some astringency, and bitter finish / Flavors of grapefruit, lemon, pine, orange peel, resin / Underwhelming for this fine brewer.
17thfloor (2426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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JBPortland (395) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
16oz can pours pale golden yellow with medium head. Nose is malty lemon grain and citrus. Taste is lemon, grain, citrus, clementine, good malt/hop balance. Finish is fairly clean lemon and pine notes with hints of cereal and grain. Solid.
HonkeyBra (3058) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz. can. Pours a bright golden color with a nice bright white head on top. Hoppy herbal aroma with mild earthy undertones. Bitterness is only mild, focusing instead on herbal, grassy and floral notes. Mild malt sweetness but mostly an excessive in hop profiles, forgoing bitterness Light, crisp mouthfeel, and indeed it is on the lighter side of mouthfeel for an IPA. Quite clean throughout. This is enjoyable.
bucs572000 (214) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 16oz can. Aroma is pine, citrus, and Vienna malt. Flavors are pine, citrus, grapefruit, and Vienna malt. Great balanced Ipa, nice and bitter up front but goes down nice and smooth, not a lot of lingering bitterness. Love This beer!