bierkoning (10800) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 6.5% ABV. Amber color. Oily hops, grapefruit and melon in the aroma. Thinnish. Somewhat mellowed hop flavor with pineapple, lychee and grapefruit. Hint of peppermint coming up in the aftertaste.
jtclockwork (9992) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with jcwatts. Pours cloudy amber. White head. Nose of grapefruit, hops, caramel malt, sweet malt and pine. Taste falls flat of the nose. Mostly sweet and caramel malt. Some muted hops and a very quick dry bittering hop finish. Lightish body.
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted on 8/1/11 from a 22oz bomber bottle purchased at Lush West Town shortly after the release. Pours hazy but very bright burnt orange with an average beige head that slowly settles into uneven lace. The nose is pine and citrus hops along with a bit of bread malt and the same earthy aroma that I get from most English pales. The flavor is a bit maltier with the bread coming through nicely, moving to the pine and citrus hops with a bit of the same earthiness from the nose. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long earthy and pine hops finish.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber with notes of tea leaves and grapefruit. The palate shows notes of grass and denser bitter grapefruit that blends nicely with the caramel feel of the malt. Long finish.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours a cloudy, amber-orange colored body with a finger-width, dense and frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. I really like this aroma which has a solid mix of English and American hops along with a nice English malt backing. Florals up front with grassy lemons and some grapefruit resins along with a light earth and hint of herbal spice. Biscuity toffee behind the hops with some grains and a light caramel offering a moderate sweetness. Flavor is floral and biscuity up front before some slightly toasted toffees, a light caramel, and a drying grassy hop comes in. More lemons and grapefruits with a slight resin as well as a touch of herbal spice. Dries quickly and completely with a good amount of grass coming out at the end with an indistinct hop profile that leaves a medium-light bitterness. A hint of biscuity toast creeps in with the dry grass and light floral before leaving a fairly lengthy aftertaste. Medium-light body and a bit thin feeling on the palate because this dries so quickly and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty well made and interesting take on an IPA. I really liked the aroma with the English and American hops mixing nicely along with the English malts. The flavor was still well put together, but it didnít have the same complexity as the aroma. Nonetheless, this was easy drinking and enjoyable.
phaleslu (7107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from TheAlum- thanks, Adam! Pours a mostly clear amber color with a small white ring for a head. Aroma of tea, grapefruit citrus, earth, grass, herbs, and caramel malts. Seems like a variety of hops were used here and Iím not getting the unpleasant notes I sometimes get from English-style IPAs. Flavor of grassy, citrusy hops, tea leaves, and sweet and caramel malts. Light-medium bodied, with an earthy, citrusy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Very nice. And Iím not let down that it isnít a smoked beer; I remember The Onion article this is named after and appreciate the Chicago-centric joke. Keep up the good work!
brokensail (12222) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 4, 2011
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
A: The beer pours an amber color with a small off-white head.
S: Oh boy, this one smells buttery. Some sweet malt notes, but not a ton of substance. Lots of grass and straw with a weird grain husk aroma. Pretty damn watery, too.
T: Watery is the best way to describe the flavor. Still a fairly noticeable amount of butter. Thereís a moderate bitterness and some light malt notes, but almost no hop flavor. Just a bit of straw, grass, and grain husk.
M: The body is light and watery with a medium to high carbonation.
O: A very disappointing beer from a brewery Iíve grown to like a fair amount. Hopefully just an anomaly.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Is it bad that I wanted this to be a smokey meat tasting IPA? Still a good beer. Pours a copper with an off white head. Aroma of citrus hops. Caramel malt blends well - but this is a solid IPA.
TURDFERGUSON (4004) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by emacgee. Deep hazy amber with a nice sized white head with good lace. Nose is tropical fruits, sweet candy, lemon. Flavor is disjointed; shows a lot of booze upfront with some tropical fruity sweet flavor in the finish.
emacgee (4244) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks bauermj. Cloudy amber red pour with one finger sandstone tan head. Really nice aromatics, fresh and hoppy with lots of citrus and resin. Spicy and zesty flavor with a mild astringency and slight residual sweetness. Dry and light bodied with a biting bitterness.