urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is clearly the brewery’s best beer yet, loaded with hops. No new ground is broken with this beer, it is just another example of a big fruity, piney American IPA. Still, it is welcome, a good inexpensive go-to hop fix. I like it a lot and buy it frequently, but it is so easy to over-rate these. Aroma? Mmmm smells like a lot of hops! Flavor? Mmmmmm tastes like a lot of hops! etc.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Apparent amarillo nose with tangerine and c-hops. Light amber in color with a flicker of a white head. Nicely bitter flavor with lemons and oranges doing battle. Pleasantly balanced with sugary malts, this beer is fairly decent. Thanks to beeryum for the opportunity.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Clear and golden ruby hue. Spotty white head. Floral hop nose. Smooth sweet body. Good bitter finish. Nice mild toffee and caramel malt flavor. Crisp hop finish.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2006 Pleasant grapefruit/citrus nose rises up and out of the glass. A doughy bread note balances the sour grapefruit nicely. The body is rather warming - the high ABV really shows in the finish. Drinks easy though, showing notes of fresh juices, rose petals and grassiness along the way. I’d buy again.
TAR (2468) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dull orange. White ring of very buoyant bubbles. Fairly bright nose of grapefruit, crushed aspirin, and pinesap. Soft honeysuckle, woody hop, and toasted malt whispers. Clean and airy. Loose, bubbly carbonation. Big, tacky body. Early thrust of resin contributes substantial weight, though the lusciousness succumbs to a significant amount of airiness. Supple mango squelches much of the acidity, though bits of harsh aspirin remain. Bitterness is rather unsubstantial, unfortunately, which makes this less than captivating. And it’s not like it possesses an inordinately high level of brightness to make up for it. Extremely nimble malt structure fails to soften any of the harsh aspirin notes or hard carbonic residue. Finishes faintly husky, with nectarine and pulpy blood-orange flavors laced with an abundance of oily citrus lupulins which coat and numb the palate long after the swallow. Amarillo is likely the culprit for all the aspirin notes, but at least they’ve kept them to a minimum. Okay.
aracauna (3055) - Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clipper City’s "big beers" always seem much smaller in person. Pours a clear amber with a beautiful grapefruit and apricot nose from the hops. The flavor is thinner than expected but very drinkable. This makes great apa, but you wouldn’t guess it was supposed to be an IIPA. At least the actual product here is a really good beer as opposed to that lousy "imperial stout" they make.
Lowe1983 (1346) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear light amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is of orange and other citrus flavor with some hops, pine, and floral hops. Flavor strong with floral hops and citrus. Finishes slight bitter but I was expecting more then what I got. An ok IPA but definately not the best.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
some lemon and grapefruit, citrus notes on the aroma, along with some nice hops and a touch of spice. nice tall, kind of rocky white head and nice dark orange-ness. nice sweet flavor with some orange blossom flavors. bitterness on the end, it’s pretty tastey. not grat, but decent.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2009 12oz. Bottle: Smells hoppy. Floral, spruce, citrus scents topped of with Amarillo hops. Poured a amber color. Large, frothy, rocky slightly off-white head. Clear. Looks thin and oily though. Slight floral hop flavor. Flavor is very weak, and does not have much complexity to it. Just citrus and some spice from the Amarillo. Slightly sweet. Slightly bitter. Light bodied. Flat carbonation. Almost no finish. Beer does not live up to its scent. Overall, it’s thin and flavor is weak, so it’s a mediocre but drinkable IPA.
Cask at TJ’s on 12/5/09: Hoppy aroma. Amber in color. Bitter, hoppy flavor.
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A heavy herbal and grapefruit aroma. Held up to the rooster lamp’s ass, it reveals an orange apperance. A bitter flavor with some lemon and grapefruit. A rather spicy finish to the beer. Pretty good stuff