TheGB (421) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice looking amber color. Light aroma. Decent taste of sweet malt and some spicy hops.
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Elwood (2490) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from The Black Squirrel. It pours a hazy amber color with a large off white head. The head has good staying power. The nose was surprisingly subdued with nice earthy and woody hop notes. Perhaps a little pine in there. The flavor is well balanced with a touch of citrus leaning back towards those woody and earthy hop notes and a light caramel backbone. If I didn’t know better, I would call it an English IPA only with a different malt profile. Medium bodied with a medium finish. A pleasure to drink.
Butters (3318) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared with Patrick and friends in his backyard. Fantastic offering with such a cool concept behind it. All to often ’concept’ beers end up not being all that great. This one did not fall into that category. A very pleasant clean, pine, citrus aroma lead way to a wonderful woodsy, honey, caramel hop profile. Very flavorful, without being insanely bitter. Really enjoyed drinking this and sharing it with other RVA’ers.
Kinz (2967) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Missed this the first time around, glad they were able to make enough this year to bottle it. Locally grown hops this year by beer geeks, supplemented by a few small farm grown hops. Very odd in a sense to see JRHB’s own Lloyd having his name prominently showing on the label. Nick too for that matter. But cool. The beer is beautiful, orange amber, light haze, and a perfect, compact creamy head. Aroma is citrus, pine, and light caramel. Flavor is pleasant caramel malt backbone, a bit maltier than some other IPA’s, but in a good way. Hop flavors are earthy, slight citrus, and pine. Lacks the chlorophyll punch you get in some fresh hop beers, which is a good thing. Overall a very pleasant and well balanced IPA. Hops are less assertive than you would expect, but this isn’t a bad thing here. Well done beer.
GlobalVillager (9) - - SEP 19, 2012 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
LOVE this new beer from the folks at Hardywood Park. Nice, very balanced floral, grassy, herb and light citrus notes. Carries a really broad range of fresh hop flavors. The bitterness profile is near perfection, with powerful up- front IPA full body on the palate, yielding to a little hint of sweetness and firm malt backbone, and a nice marriage of flavors in the finish, which goes on remarkably long for a beer that doesn’t try to blast you with bitterness. Great job on this beer.
RABinVA (679) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
C&C’d bottle. Pours deep gold with a creamy head that leaves thick lacing. Fresh grassy/citrus aroma but nothing too overpowering. Taste is exactly what I was hoping: extremely fresh hops flavor. Not an overpowering bitterness, but very crisp and dry with a perfect balance of sweetness and a malty backbone. Really pleased with this. (and I helped out at the hop harvest! job well done me!)
radagast83 (3098) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on draft at the brewery, picked up a bottle but haven’t had the bottle version yet. This one poured a clear light copper color with a small off-white head. Aroma was nice citrus characters with a touch of pine in there too. Enjoyed this one a lot.
Foxbush (986) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the brewery 2012 version Visiting the Thursday night event I was able to try this year’s IPA made with local hops. This will be offered each year after the local hops are picked. The ale poured a light amber with a small head. The taste was a bright bitterness that had citrus and spruce. The medium body ale had soft carbonation. The finish was smooth with only a hint of bitterness.
LupulinShifter (4) - New York, USA - DEC 21, 2011 does not count
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A soft and fruity IPA. Delicious! Very smooth with a wonderful finish. Can’t wait until they bottle this beer!
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pretty clear copper with a nice off white head and some lace. Aroma is of citrus, grapefruit, oranges and hops. Has a nice hop-malt balance, a little caramel and some citrus. Interesting bitter character.