AWISLguy (1333) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Brennans. Pours a brandy colored brownish-orange. Somewhat of an off-white head leaving some drops of lace. Aroma has sweet caramel, fruit and brandy. Taste is of spices (mostly cardamon), caramel, some herbs with a slightly metallic note. Buttery and herbal. Not sure what this is, but not very "ipa"ish. Finishes sweet and spicy, fairly short.
DuffMan (6886) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Medium orange amber. Hoppy nose, grassy and lightly floral. Astringent hop bitterness on the palate combined with low aromatics makes for a lackluster drinking experience. Not terrible, but not one I’d reach for again.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose of doughy grainy malt, alcohol, earthy peppery hops with a hint of white grape and dirt as well. Pours hazy golden orange, creamy white head. Flavors of dough, grain, dirt, white grape, peppery notes, alcohol. Mildly hop acidic bitter finish. Not bad, but not a standout in any way.
GT2 (8507) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355mL thanks to nuplastikk. Pours a clear deeper amber orange. Dense yellow head. Good retention. Good lacing. Nose is detergent, lemon, wort, wheat cracker. Taste is honey, wheat cracker, bread, spice. Fairy raw, rustic, bitter. A tad chemical and papery. Decent. Malt forward. In fact, so malt forward and rustic I would place this as Biere de Garde. 6/4/7/3/13=3.3
Ughsmash (7154) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Poured medium orange with a short, dense beige head. The aroma picked up mostly buttery notes with some caramel.. topped by light herbal hoppage.. very malty overall, and not good malts. The flavor found similar stuff.. buttery notes, caramel, and lesser biscuity malts at the core with sharp metallic notes and herbal bitterness around.. finished with more of the sharp stuff and some warm alcohol. Medium-bodied and rough through the palate.. this was either old, not good, or some combo of the two.
presario (4649) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big beer that should be avoided or enjoyed with a large sample. First taste almost turns you off. A big harsh herbal hop. If you give it at least a full bottle you can appreciate the balance of sharp strong hops, delicate malt balance and agressive alcohol note. A malt liquor for the IPA connosoir. Excuse the spelling but the spell check has the night off.
nuplastikk (4566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Hazy glowing orange-amber body, foamy off-white head. The aroma is quite mild and subdued, some faint cool hops. Mostly malt centered, pretty mild for an Imperial IPA. Cool and crisp mouthfeel, sort of an Imperial APA. Not really off or bad, just intensely pedestrian, with no big flavors to speak of. Balanced, I suppose, but a very tame offering. Bonus ignorance points for using the suffix -ator in a non doppelbock’s name. Sweet, soapy, a touch syrupy as you sip on it. Sub par.
pintbypint (2646) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
341ml brown bottle. Golden pour, seems a bit unclear. Mid sized white cap that lasts a while. Nose has some sweet malt notes, caramel and pleasant fruity and citrus hops, mostly sweet and orangey. Taste has grain and caramel at the front, grass and earthy hop midway. Quick bitter finish, lingering grapefruity hops, lighter notes of pine and grass stick around. A bit of alcohol shows up late. Overall decent, tasty, but not super aggressive.
reebtogi (4239) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle pours a golden orange color with a small white head that settles quite quickly and leaves very little if any lacing on the glass. Aroma is a little spicy with some grains and caramel. Taste is grainy malt sweetness with an earthy and grapefruit hoppy bitterness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A decent imperial IPA, but nothing really stands out.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home, from my Minneapolis Town Hall glass. Pours hazy deep gold with a scanty off-white head and ropey lacing. Nose is lemons, grapefruit, quite herbal with some vegetal notes as well. Some smoky caramel lurking below the hops, too. Flavours of grapefruit, generic citrus, tea, caramel, nice spritzy finish. A decent IIPA, but nothing I’d crawl over broken glass for.