KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From notes. First reviewed 1/23/2012. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.
The pour is a hazy, faded caramel color with orange edges and a frothy white cap. The head fades to a film and leaves a few spots of spotty lace down the sides of the glass.
The aroma has some light grapefruit and firm pine hoppiness to go along with a smooth caramel breadiness. The flavor starts sweet with a honey caramel toasted bread flavor, but dries out quickly and moves to a spicy pine hoppiness. There is not a ton of complexity with this beer. It drinks on the fuller side of medium, with an average creamy carbonation.
For some reason Half Acre is starting to churn out routine tasting limited releases, and I am starting to get tired of it.
Suttree (4739) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky bronze, big gooey white head. Smell is an intense hop bomb - grapefruit and pine - very nice. flavor is very hop forward, as well, sticky pine, lots of citrus pop. The only problem is that the malt doesnít really seem to support the hops. Iíve said in the past that balance is over rated, but this could use just a little bit more, I donít know, muscle, I guess. But really, this is a minor quibble. Really tasty. Thanks to nbiondi for the trade!
kaser (1759) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Picked this up at Half Acre tasting room without much expectation. Poured dark orange with thin white loose head. Smells amazing - hoppy and citrus. Taste is hoppy with smooth finish and grapefruit/spices. Loved this. Going back for more since it isnít a regular
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy orange with a white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, and malt. Well balanced. Good citrus, sweet caramel. Well done IPA.
BeerBuss (11) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious! Creamy head. Bright, amber color. Beautiful hop bouquet on the nose. Nicely balanced with a bright floral hop overtone and nice malt balance.
mansquito (2878) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Binnyís LP 22oz ($7): Pours a hazy amberish color with an off-white head. Aroma is a whole lot of piny hops. Taste is pretty bitter, especially at the front, but in honesty it does throughout. Malt backbone is there with slightly toasted malts, but it is definitely a background. Aftertaste is pretty intense. A brief burst of sugar. A good IPA, but not exactly my style of hoppage.
dcschiller (2154) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle courtesy of jcnd9803!). Pours a hazy copper color with chunky 2 finger tan head. Active carbonation. Aroma has some dank, resinous hops along with some tropical fruit notes (mango, papaya). Taste is semi-sweet malts with plenty of bitterness. The resin and tropical fruits are both there, but there is also a bit of a spicy bite too. Medium bodied with a thick texture. Not bad.
deyholla (5385) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a grayish head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of dank pine with a note of onion and backing sweet grains. Flavor is full of onion and dank pine with some backing earthy grain.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Pawola22 - thanks, Brian! Quite a dark pour, with only a modest carbonation yielding a thin film around the glass. Pleasant aroma, sweetly floral in the way of some Alpine or Flossmoor IPAs. Smooth and lightly prickly mouthfeel, full and rich and satisfying, with just a slight touch of bitterness on the palate during the finish. Taste is really yummy, and while immediately satisfying itís also quite complex. Thereís on the one hand a really fine dry leafy quality to the hops, but this is combined with a kind of honey Hopslam thing and a burst of tropical fruits. Really satisfying IPA.
phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle shared by jckp64- thanks, John! Pours a cloudy orange-amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma of big, dank, leafy hops, tropical and citrus fruits, toast, dusty grains, and caramel malts. Flavor of caramel malts, dry grains, leafy hops, citrus, melon, and pineapple. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation a leafy mouthfeel that finishes dry. Nice IPA.