queenholly (2422) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared in line at DLD 2012. Funky fruity orange, floral hops aroma. Hazy Amber with a moderate head. Malty orange flavor with a floral hops finish. Light to medium body. Very nice malt / hop balance.
OldGrowth (2348) - North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint at Tony’s Darts.Away.good aroma, sweet. Tad hazed brownish orange. Good head and lace bitter flavor. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, bitterdry finish. Good. Flavor best part..
daleharshman (832) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar ($5.99). Pours a red-tinged sunset color with two fingers of eggshell-hued head and lots of floaties. Aroma is on the weaker side but has notes of earthy-herby hops and citrus and tropical fruit. The initial flavor is hoppy with notes of spicy hops, bitter grapefruit juice, and bitter herbs but is soon followed by a malt presence of honey and caramel as well as some alcohol. Nicely balanced flavor profile. Quite a dry finish with some lingering bitterness. Somewhat prickly carbonation. Decent IPA. (81, 369)
dcschiller (2155) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bomber from Saarlander for the RB Hockey Fantasy League). Pours a hazy copper color with a nice two finger off-white head that leaves sticky lacing. Aroma has some great tropical and citrus notes. Taste is malt sweet with some pleasant bitterness. Medium bodied and lots of citrusy bitterness in the finish. Not over the top, but pretty steady.
StormCoat (104) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a bomber bottle at Bine and Vine Bottleshop (welcome back!) in San Diego, CA. Poured it into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy, ruddy amber color; with a fluffy, off-white head that leaves nice, scattered lacing. Fruity, sweet, herbal hop aroma. Flavors are nice, with a sweet maltiness that gives way to a long, bitter hop finish. Body is not too heavy, and that helps keep this one very drinkable. This is a really nice, tasty IPA overall; one that you could sip on all night.
Anova167 (251) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice single hop IpA. Amber pour. ArOma of dank piney hops. Nice malt backbone with piney hop flavor. Nice bitter finish
auerbrau (3082) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle. Thanks for sharing, Emeline. Spicy melded nose of prickly zesty hops and rind. Nice amber color. Flavors are solid. Softened and mellowed. Integrated. This is a really clean and smooth brew. It’s a great hop variety to work with and the across the board complexity makes it a fun brew. Green.
BucannonXC5 (666) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Color was caramel amber. About a finger of head. White circular lacing on the top with smallish bubbles. Good amount of white film on the sides.
Smelled citrusy, piny hops up front. Very refreshing. Got kind of a peach, grapefruit zest. Sweet caramel in there as well.
Tasted pretty similar to the nose. Refreshing is right. Good balance with not as much bitterness as I’d thought. More lemon on the smell than peach or grapefruit.
Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Short, bitter finish.
Good start to this beer, but I was expecting a bit more, especially with the look.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big ups to Saarlander for sending this as part of Secret Santa! Handsome bright orange pour, clean looking and with a moderate carbonation, velvety head. Nose is understated fruity and leafy hops. The taste was crisp, dry, and quite refreshing but, while this was a more than solid IPA, I found myself wanting some additional flavors to balance out the herbal, leafy qualities I was getting from this particular single hop.
thome50 (778) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Bru. Pours an amber to orange with no visibility and a white head that lasts. Aroma is sweet grapefruit/citrus but not overpowering. Taste is extremely earthy. Like drinking some fresh spring dirt in the best way possible. Overall, a really surprising IPA and one i’ll check out in the future if it remains in fresh bottles.