notalush (5637) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nitro pour at the Empire State location - it was a little strange to have this on nitro, but I suppose the brits put certain pale-ale-ish type beers on nitro, so this isn’t entirely unusual - the creamy palate that the pour produces helps keep the citrusy hops from becoming abrasive - the malt profile wasn’t very strong, but was enough to aid in balancing out the hops - very easy drinking for an assertively hopped ale, which is a-okay with me.
BiddleBrau (1092) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On nitro tap: Golden amber color with dense lasting white head. Light citrus hop aroma and average hop bite for pale. Malt profile there to keep bitterness down but not noticeable. On tap at Empire State location.
tgncc (3078) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma was appealing. Hoppy to be sure, but it had a earthy/grassy quality as well. Maybe from the dry hopping. the appearnance was classic IPA, gold with a tinge of red. Nice persistent white foam. Flavor was very strong citrusy hops. So strong, they affected the beer’s drinkability. I couldn’t knock back more than a few of these. Palate had a nice hop burn, and the mouthfeel was thin/medium. Decent IPA, but I tend to favor the ones with a complex bittersweetness to them.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Empire State Building Location. Dark yellow, thick creamy white head (thank you nitro). Good aroma - strong hops, very resiny, even cuts through the nitro. Taste is good as well - lots of hops again, maybe a bit muted. Like a kicked up version of their IPA really with nitro added - it interestingly did not really detract that much - with this amount of hops the taste came through. Good stuff.
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A really interesting version of an APA. It was nitro-charged and easy drinking. I was impressed with the beer served at the base of the Empire State Building.
Dorqui (2168) - Brescia, ITALY - AUG 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2007 Draught at Heartland Brewery-Empire State (Manhattan - NY).
Optimal hazy orange golden color with light and fine head of long persistence, a lot irish style. Intense and fragran aroma of sweet and smoked wood, a lot toasted with a light tip of cinnamon. Extremely smooth and dry taste, much barren and warmth taste and with overbearing and extended bitter. Determined but not excessive alcohol content.
BREWMUSKCLES (2514) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
similar to the indiana pale. not as harsh (too bad) but real nice. hoppy citrus bang and goes away slow and lightly malty. the end is a little abrupt as it does change gears. baby, i’ll have another please.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nitro draft - Empire State Bldg. - Amber, thick white head (nice lacing). Hoppy nose of grapefruit with softer shades of sweet pine. Very hoppy flavors from start to finish without any harsh bitterness. Light bodied and thin, soft carbonation, hoppy finish. Decent for sessions...
fiulijn (18057) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught/nitro at the brewery, Empire State Building NYC
Amber color. Nice creamy head. Some nice hop aroma, lightly fruity and resiny. Good maltiness, good hopping, the taste is not completely spoiled by the nitro, but it’s a bit metallic. Strong and long bitterness. Powerful.
GregClow (3076) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught sampler at Empire State Building location. Clear golden colour with a small long-lasting white head. Nice fruity hoppiness in the aroma. Soft mouthfeel. Flavour is bit muted by the nitro, but there’s some caramel and citrus in there. I don’t completely agree with the use of the nitro, but I guess it worked OK.