CharmCityCrab (244) - 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 it’s because it seems to contain some hops and malts that aren’t in a lot of IPAs, and is missing other standard ones. This really seems like something that’s in a bit of a different category from some of the other IPAs I drink to some degree, though t’s not that it doesn’t fit the style, it’s just a different way of approaching it. A lot of times I drink a hoppy IPA and then may want a second beer that’s a different style, whereas this I could see as a go-to beer. Very refreshing, and the malt presence isn’t too heavy at all, nor do you feel like you’re 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, it’s not made more drinkable by being watered down, it has every bit of flavor as other IPAs if not more, it’s 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? That’s a plus for me as a Baltimore kind of guy. Regular price is a bit expensive for me, but it’s on sale or in a mix pack that’s on sale, or at a gathering or whatever, often enough that it’s 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 haven’t seen that format.
Franckg (1118) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Canette sans date. Robe orangée légèrement trouble avec un mince voile de mousse qui disparaît rapidement. Arômes de malt caramélisé avec houblons orienté vers les fruits sucrés, tangerine et abricot surtout. Légère résine de pin, citron et touche d’alcool. En bouche, saveurs fruitées de tangerine, orange, abricot, ananas. Un malt légèrement caramélisé enveloppe le tout. Finale herbacée avec soupçon se citron et zeste d’orange. Un peu de sucre résiduel. Texture huileuse et corps mince à moyen.
klaing (276) - Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear iced tea color with minimal head. Biscuity malts, sweet blends nicely into pineapple, grapefruit, herbs, a little pine and a nice dry finish. Really good.
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skmikeg (1718) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours medium orange with a one finger white head with nice lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine, herbal hops, grassy hops, light bready malts, floral hops, and light sweet malts. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, moderately bitter, medium-long finish. Overall, a pretty tasty, well balanced IPA.
johnnnniee (3742) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the hotel bar with dinner, pre-gaming before the BNA Party last week. Mostly clear light golden color with a decent bubbly white head. Earthy citrus and pine hop aroma and flavor with a solid bready light caramel maltiness to counter. Decent but old school feeling ipa.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden amber color with big fluffy head. Aromas of citrus, fruit, grass, and the best tropics. Flavors of tropical fruits and hops.
Aggiebob (711) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 25, 2016
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. It poured an orange gold color with a white head. The aroma was floral, citrus and malt with grapefruit, orange and caramel flavors. Very nice.
stephen57 (22) - Midlothian, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought at Kroger@SwiftCreek Midlothian,Va 4/15/16 Best by date:7/16/16 Another Maryland beer - Pine,Oranges,Grapefruit and mangoes? GREAT AROMA! Deep golden and tangerine color - not much bitterness! (website says only 45 IBU’S!) Good malt to hops balance. Extremely tasty and easy to drink but watch out it being 7.25% WOW! This beer is readily available in my area and will be a staple in my fridge from now on! Great job Heavy Seas!
drpimento (3077) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Real nice fresh hop aroma with some malt in there to balance. While flavor is good, there’s a slight clash between the different components and that’s even more evident in the finish.
commonshawn (1026) - Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle at birreria paradiso in dc. Light copper with medium white head. Citrus pine hop aroma. Resin hop with good citrus flavor. Like a west coast ipa. Very solid.
ACHops (1328) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, served in a plastic cup. Pours clear dark orange golden, with thin creamy off-white head. Aroma is rich sweet lightly roasty caramel malt, light aromatic hops on the back. Taste is thick sweet caramel malt, creamy mouthfeel; hops are vegetal and linger bitter through the finish. Quite malt driven. Big, rich IPA; could use some more nuance and flavor from the hops.