CharmCityCrab (231) - 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.
johnnnniee (3604) - 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 (4914) - 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 (633) - 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 (15) - 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 IBUíS!) 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 (2970) - 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, thereís a slight clash between the different components and thatís even more evident in the finish.
commonshawn (1000) - 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 (1270) - 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.
IslandHaole (1216) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - MAR 18, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, dark Amber/Orange color with a smallish, foamy beige head. Scent of green pine cones and overripe peaches. Clean & crisp, initial citrus hop bitterness with sweet malt following close behind and tailing off with a lingering bitter aftertaste.Has a hint of mineraliness as well. Decent beer, reminds me of a cross between a Left Coast IPA and a British ESB.
ChadPoole (162) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours medium amber with a short white head. Strong aromas of grapefruit and hops. Great tastes of sweet hops, fruits and citrus with a slight bitter finish. Great beer.
goozen (3731) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2016
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 0,355ltr: Slightly unclear amber colored brew with an dry bitter taste with an little bit of sweetness, hints of citrus, caramel and some fruitiness. Courtesy from mine brother-in-law who takes this from the USA.