JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was wrong about uber pils; this clipper packs the most flavorful punch in the variety pack with its citrusy orange-flavored hops, pine and resin tones which slide right over my tongue, and bitter grapefuity flavors. To me this isn’t a cannon to my palatte as I find the hoppy bitterness to be well balanced by the other elements present. The finish, for example, is dry enough to soak this up but watery enough to keep the bitterness to a good level. The alcohol is well hidden. The only downpoint is that it seems a bit too much on the grassy piney side to me.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear amber, well sustained medium off white head. Big hop aroma of citrus and spice and a little sweet caramel malt as a background. Nice medium mouthfeel, a bit resiny, but not sticky, and light carbonation. Toffee sweetnes is quickl;y overtaken by bitter orange, lemon, and grapefruit with a little peppery spice for good measure, leading to a bitter, but not astringent finish. Perfect on a hot summer evening.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Jimbowood. Pours a clear amber with a bit of white head. Nose is a bit hoppy and some spiciness. Taste is a little sweet fruity and syrupy. The malts take over here and leave the hops behind. Has a little bitterness on the finish.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a translucent amber-orange under a dense half-inch durable white head. Leaves thick rings of lacing along the sides of the snifter. Intense, rich hop aromas fill the nose. Like walking through a pine forest. Initially a huge blast of crushed fresh pine needles, followed by aromas of grapefruit rind, apple and Juicy Fruit gum. Mouthfeel is complemented by a solid fine carbonation and a smooth creaminess. The taste is not as bitter as one would expect considering all the hop aroma. A nice balance of sweet honey/caramel malt is noticed along with a moderate bitter flavor of pine, orange, pepper and grapefruit from the hops. A pleasant, well balanced bitter-sweet finish The aroma of this IPA alone makes it worth a try. Well done!!
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of nice hop aromatics and flavor, but somewhat lacking in the intense bitterness that this hophead craves. It pours a clear golden orange with a cream colored head. The aroma is indeed hoppy, floral atop grapefruit atop pine atop a hint of caramel. Fairly balanced to taste, caramel and bread with those aforementioned hops now in the flavor. But the bitterness seemed rather moderate, although it did linger quite awhile into the finish.
Mayhaps it was the bottle? I’ll have to obtain another and try again.
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lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a crystal clear copper. Vibrant color in the body. Thin ivory head. Citrusy hops in the nose.
Taste is dominated by hops, herbal and citrusy. Strident bitterness, orange rind and grapefruit. Nice bready malt to support the hops. Lightly sticky, nary a hint of alcohol. Lingering bitterness in the finish. It’s nice.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2006 This is a fantastic beer. The aroma contains wonderful sweet bready malts and cascade hops (or a similar variety of northwestern american hop - lots of citrus/grapefruit). The aroma also includes a lot of other fruit aromas from the esters. The beer pours wonderfully with lots of head and the mouthfeel is quite pleasant. The flavor is a complicated mix of citrus, bitter hops, sweet malts (hints of caramel). The malt profile tastes quite fine and is wonderfully balanced. It is a very bitter beer, but the malts hold up. The flavor is amazing for the strength - very little to give away the beer’s strength other than the thicker than average mouthfeel and the intense flavor (only a ton of malt could provide the sweetness to balance all of those hops). It isn’t nearly as big in hops as some american barley wines, but rather has the balance of other amazing hoppy pale ales (like Three Floyds Alpha King or Victory Hop Devil - though come to think of it not quite as bitter as Hop Devil).
3fourths (9146) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at RFD night. Clear peache/orange hue. Sweet cannibus and basil hop nose. A bit thin, pasty, watery, but finish is good, spicy, almost saison like with a slight dryness. A good IPA, though off style a little bit.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at RFD’s prior to RBSG ’06. Clear orange/amber color with a small off white head. Big spicy,citrus hop aroma that made it hard to detect anything else. Bitter C-hop flavor with a bit of sweet caramel malt in the background. A bit one dimensional, but very nice.
can8ianben (1489) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deliciously hoppy and sweet, just enough malt, just enough balence, just enough colour and head, to make it the ideal IPA. Bravo!