hotstuff (4864) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Small off-white fizzy head that mostly diminished, minimal lacing, transparent, carbonated, and a golden hue. Nose was hoppy and citrus. Flavor was very hoppy, malty, caramel and dry tasting. Hoppy, dry mouthfeel. Medium body.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz - best before 8/06 - Aroma of fresh floral hops and citrus zing. Pours transparent orange-brown with medium head and great lacing. Flavor is very hoppy with some malt showing up to mellow it out. Palate is crisp and tart. A nicely balanced hoppy IPA that is on the shelves in Indiana.
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium amber orange, decent head fades slowly. Aroma a mix of floral and citric hops, pleasant but restrained. Flavor, once warm, was a balanced mix of caramel and biscuit malts with an overlay of grapefruit, pine, nectarine, and floral accented hops. Well done. Should note that while cooler, the flavors in this beer were quite closed, and the carbonation biting. Dramatically better as it neared room temperature.
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 (2671) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, 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 (3501) - 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 (1517) - 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.