CharmCityCrab (149) - Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Despite the advertising of the massive amount of hops in the thing, and the reviews that talk about it, I actually find this beer to be well balanced with a significant malt taste to it. Maybe itís because it seems to contain some hops and malts that arenít in a lot of IPAs, and is missing other standard ones. This really seems like something thatís in a bit of a different category from some of the other IPAs I drink to some degree, though tís not that it doesnít fit the style, itís just a different way of approaching it. A lot of times I drink a hoppy IPA and then may want a second beer thatís a different style, whereas this I could see as a go-to beer. Very refreshing, and the malt presence isnít too heavy at all, nor do you feel like youíre missing out on hops, they are just a bit less harsh, but still spicy. Real flavorful while still being very drinkable without much dryness (In other words, itís not made more drinkable by being watered down, it has every bit of flavor as other IPAs if not more, itís just a more drinkable flavor). I remember a friend taking me out for a meal in Baltimore years ago and this was on special and I had several with some crab cakes, great combo. By the way, did I mention this is a Baltimore beer? Thatís a plus for me as a Baltimore kind of guy. Regular price is a bit expensive for me, but itís on sale or in a mix pack thatís on sale, or at a gathering or whatever, often enough that itís not unavailable, and as other beers go up in price, this seems more and more in the general ball park of the cheap craft beers (Often regularly priced $9.99/6). Would be interested in a $15-$16 twelve pack (Save a few bucks) if they could pull it off, but havenít seen that format.
clueo (149) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great IPA! Pours a light color for an IPA. Grapefruit nose and a smooth crisp finish. A great IPA.
mR_fr0g (2921) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask gravity at the 2014 GBBF. Bright orange coloured pour with a fleeting loose white head. Aroma is resin orange, berry. Flavour is orange resin light caramel malts, light pine. Palate is semi sweet, medium sticky hop. Solid IPA.
Darkmagus82 (964) - - AUG 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 9-2-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance Ė Pours a clear golden color with a big billowy white head. The head fades over a moderate amount of time to give a fair level of lacing.
Smell Ė The aroma is a mix of sweet and hoppy. The sweet is largely of a caramel smell with a light bready aroma mixed within. The hop smell is almost entirely of a grapefruit and lemon citrus, although some light notes of a grassy smell are present as well.
Taste Ė The taste begins with the sweet caramel and bread, as was detected in the nose. The hops start coming in quickly with a good dose of grapefruit hop tastes which bitter the flavor some. Soon some pine and herbal hops then enter the taste profile. These mingle rather well with the citrus and sweet malt flavors and in the end, level a nice hop flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel Ė The body of the beer is on the slightly creamier side with the carbonation level being rather average. The creaminess is good for the hop flavors, while the carbonation level makes it more refreshing.
Overall Ė Even at 7.25 % abv it is very easy to drink with rather smooth flavor transitions. A easy drinking stronger IPA.
mlane76 (15) - Albany, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Although not a fan of IPA, this beer is not as lemon peel tasting as a lot of the IPAs that I have tasted. It was quite refreshing on a hot day
joejames (124) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours hazy amber, decent head, nice lacing. Aroma of pine and citrus. Taste is balanced between citrusy bitter and sweet backbone. Medium body, light carbonation with a resin mouth feel. Finishes bitter with notes of grapefruit, spruce and esters. Alcohol noticeable. Not bad.
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden color with good head formation. Decent carboís can be seen throught a slightly hazy beer.
A nice hoppy aroma of citrus and pine.
A rich malt taste balances the hops nicely finishing with a warming alcohol dryness.
Smooth feeling but a bit thin body.
Good lacing can be seen. As beer warms it mellows out to a nice flavorful brew with a decrease in the alcohol taste.
Pretty good drinkability.
Emeister84 (936) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2014
2.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Aromas of citrusy, somewhat floral, and somewhat piney hops, light caramel. Clear orange gold with a mostly lasting white head. Perfectly balanced, with snappy hops upfront, followed by caramelized malty flavors. Light-medium bodied.
Dal9000 (182) - Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Initial mild floral hoppy taste but not burning on the tongue. A complex flavor of flowers and mild mild citrus. No aftertaste which is excellent for an IPA.
---Rated via Beer Buddy
Barreras (969) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JUN 24, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours an amber color with a floral aroma. Taste is mild hops with mild bitterness after the swallow. Slightly already but the taste dissipates quickly leaving a tinge of vanilla behind.
Bosco (165) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2014
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden yellow, medium white head, decent lacing.
Sweet taste up front with a bitter finish.
Thin film palate.