dcschiller (2204) - 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 (106) - 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 (280) - 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 (3152) - 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 (802) - 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 (995) - 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.
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a moderately hazed, copper-gold body with a smallish, white head.
Smell: Though monohopped, Columbus IPA still manages to deliver a bright citrus fragrance of lemon and orange blossoms with addition florals and a very scant spiciness overlaying light, servile bready malts.
Taste: Sweetish crisped sugars atop bready, lightly biscuity base malts. Then, ripe citrus fruits and fairly potent florals with a medium degree of bitterness. The flavor bandies lightly sweetness and bitterness until the dry, soft finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation, though fairly soft.
Overall: Neither overpowering, nor is it really lacking; an all-around solid IPA.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Hazy amber with a foamy beige head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel, grass and pine. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, medium bitter hops and light cereal grain. Medium body with average carbonation and a sticky, sweet mouth feel. Overall a solid IPA, a bit on the sweet side for me though.
alexsdad06 (5329) - Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from Hophead22. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a medium plus off white head. The nose has a big fruity citrus component, grapefruit, with a base of toasted bread and caramel malts. The flavor doesn’t have the same fruity burst as the nose. Grapefruit pith, earthy, pine, decent bitterness with toasted caramel dipped bread. Good body and mouth feel. A pretty solid IPA.