Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: This one was all about the hops. But it was more about the hop flavors than the hop bitterness. Although it was nicely bitter, too. But not overwhelmingly so.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark, brownish amber with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma had light to moderate caramel malt; heavy resin hops; less pine and citrus hops; and maple syrup. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and light to moderately bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet and bitter and lightly acidic with an average to long duration. There was caramel, orange hops, pine hops, tons of resin hops, other citrus hops and maple syrup. The medium body was sort of oily and then dry with sort of soft carbonation and lightly astringent and slightly metallic finish.
ccex (1176) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle pours a clear reddish amber with a frothy white head and some lacing. Smells like a normal IPA, with citrus hops. Aroma is as expected, with more citrus and piney hops, a bit of spice, and just enough caramel malts to keep things together. Medium body with average carbonation. Taste is initially sweet and carmelly, with a slightly bitter finish. I would rather call this a slightly above average IPA than call it "the chosen beer". This one doesn’t part the Red Sea for me, despite the label hype. At the risk of sounding anti-semitic, I’ll say that it’s good but not miraculous in the crowded field of IPAs.
ilovedarkbeer (2683) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an orange color with a foamy off white head. Total citrus and floral bomb with a burnt finish. Nothing really stands out.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours a fairly clear amber-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, orange, floral, and pine hops with some sweet caramel and almost bready malts.
T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, and orange hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some floral and pine hops come through with some more bitterness and some bready malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops with some bitterness and some sweet bready malts.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice hoppy IPA. Good hop profile and bitterness with a good hop and malt balance.
McGarnigle (605) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler. Hazy orange/amber. Slightly bitter with nice hop bite. Piney but also a warmer citrus (Citra hops?). Finishes dry. Doesn’t do anything that hasn’t been done before, but a flavorful IPA nonetheless.
JoeinDahlem (1438) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A well-above-average American IPA that nails its hop aroma and moves on with its day. Big tropical-fruit-hop nose and a juicy hop flavor stuck between some resinous bitterness and reasonable caramel sweetness.
rosenbergh (9741) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml bottle. Batch #4. (Metropolitan Citymarket) Brooklyn, NY.
Clear mahogany red colour with small light tan head.
Aroma is mixture of dark strong resiny hops and darkish maltiness. Lots of sweetness too. Flavour is strong resiny hops, quite dark with bitter hoppy dryness and malty sweetness. Slightly too dark and sweet for my taste but with decent hoppiness. Bitterness in aftertaste is quite short.
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ComradeK (1086) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber, with a large off-white head, which does not last all that well but does leave decent lacing. Citrus hops dominate the aroma, with grapefruit and tangelo notes prominent, along with some pine resin and peppery hops notes. An initial touch of white pepper is overcome by bitter grapefruit hops. A hint of pine resin leads into a mid-section with just enough caramel malt to lend it some body. Pine resin and pepper hops in the finish leave a lingering bitterness. This is a nice, satisfyingly bitter IPA.
after4ever (7354) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a cloudy burnished dark amber with a surging platinum blond head that settles quickly to a pillowy moose with plenty of eggy, drippy lace. Big pine and caramel nose with a little bit of cotton and must in there as well. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toast, caramel, and pine on the mid palate. Mild grapefruity finish. Nice IPA.
llcooldave (1187) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Soapy "Irish Spring" aroma with some pine and citrus. Pours a very golden amber color. Sweet toasted malt flavors followed by more citrus and an interesting sweet pineapple aftertaste that I’ve never tasted in an IPA. Overall, a very awesome IPA.