bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2008
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a golden yellow with a thin white head. A bit of caramelized malt and floral in the nose, reminiscent of a Maibock. Hops are certainly there but not quite as prevalent as I would expect in an IPA. Bit of a bready and malty taste dominates. I would classify this as a Maibock and not an IPA.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Originally reviewed: 10/20/09. Poured into my conical pint glass. Pours a very cloudy copper gold with a big 2-finger off-white head resting on top. This sticks around a good bit, and leaves plenty of sticky lace. Smells of peppery spices mixed with a sharp twang. Not a big citrus or piney scent, very subtle.
The feel of this one is crisp and clean, but it sips well. Slight creamy quality to it makes it a pleasure to drink. The spices I got in the nose come out in the flavor as well. Definitely some big time bitterness going on here, but itís of the spicy variety. Dull black pepper start to this, that finishes more mellow and grainy. The semi-sweet citrus that I enjoy in IPAs is absent in this beer, but itís still decent. Itís a different take on the style, and I commend them for it. I wouldnít want many of these at a time as the spicy nature would wear on me, but Iíd have it again.
satan165 (1018) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
aroma is lemon, lighty grainy sweetness, clean pale malt. appearance is full head that reduces to near belgian cotton candy, with absolutely huge lacing, good carb, lightly hazed gold. flavor is buried pine and balanced lemon/clean pale malts. light maltiness without even bare caramel and equally as simple but powerful enough hopping.
greenhorn1 (783) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Is this really a winter seasonal? If so, I probably should not be rating this because it does taste a bit stale. What is interesting about this beer is I really canít detect an aroma or flavor profile to write about. It is pretty much without either. There is a malt backbone and maybe some hints of citrus. But, even though it is a light bodied beer with some lively carbonation, there is a hop bitterness in the finish that I am able to give props to. Another than that, not a very good IPA.
kramer (4694) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark gold body with a frothy white head that left some heavy patchy lacing. The nose isnít especially bad, itís just extremely light on the hops, some light bready and crackery malt. The flavor is quite bitter though with minimal hoppiness. Lingering harsh bitterness. Light bodied with fizzy prickly carbonation. This wasnít offensive, but there just wasnít much to this. Just a bit too raw and harsh.
nuplastikk (4138) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Thick, cloudy orange-tan color with a respectable head on it. Lots of earthy hoppy citrus flavor up front, followed by a nice toasty malt balanced, watery finish. Solid soapy/astringent bitterness. Walking the line between medium and full bodied, it remains pretty sessionable while still being quite flavorful. A respectable IPA.
tmoreau (2134) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle at Lunar Brewing Co.. Poured a hazy, orange/amber with a light orange tint to the off white, foamy head, leaving some nice ribbons of lacing. The aroma was light with floral and citrus notes. The flavor added an astringent bitterness that over shadowed any good malt presence. Light bodied, drinkable, but unimpressive.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy pour, light amber or dark gold, large white head, abundant sticky lace. Soapy hops bitterness, way more bitterness than aromatic qualities, malts have a worty, fresh oatmeal quality to them, but also a lactic staleness. There are some nice fruit qualities, citrus, apricot. Medium body, palate is both soft and lively. Disappointed: thereís a good beer trying to get out of here, but it didnít make it.
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2009
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle. yike this is bad. rarely if ever say that but this oneís a mess. smells like hop extract, no hop flavor just bitterness, and it tastes like crap. pass on it.
drowland (5961) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had on tap at a restaurant in Madison. The beer was okay, but the aroma was all pee and the flavor was much too bitter.
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cloudy copper color with a thin off white head. Extremely mild for an IPA. Light caramel aroma. Slightly malty with a dash of hops.