JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I think I got this from Sam’s, Durham. Nice earthy pour, a deep amber with a silky, creamy head. Modest lacing and not too much of a sticky feel to the beer. Very soft nose given what I expected, malty, bready, and tea-like from the dry hopping (at times I could’ve sworn there were Fuggles used). Mouthfeel is full and creamy, could have used a slight bite perhaps but I enjoyed it as is. Flavors were just okay to me, with a fairly one-dimensional bitter yeast and hops strain that gets submerged too much in the bready undertones. Unlike some raters, I didn’t at all get much Citra assertiveness, which woulda been nice. Okay.
tia (1109) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber with foamy dissipating head. Actually smells a little like chlorinated water plus chiviness. Yay chives, boo chloro. Tastes a bit soapy plus bitter. Feels a bit soapy, too. Nice bitter finish. Heard good things, didn’t quite live up to them. But at least decent.
Ughsmash (7260) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber, Test Batch #4. Poured sunset orange with a nice cap of sticky khaki head. The aroma picked up juicy grapefruit and pine resin over mostly biscuity malts.. not bad, but a bit too malt-centric. The flavor found biscuity malt, caramel, and a pinch of honey at the core.. resiny pine and citrus bitterness around.. more of the pine on the finish. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. bitter and grainy in the end.. OK feel and flow.
halfonit (1209) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve heard good things about this one and I’m finally happy to get my hands on some. Pours a clear deep and dark rustic golden color with a slight amber. Thick white head which has been receeding now for about 5 minutes. The aroma that I smell is of crisp and fresh hops, a little orange peel, woody barley, and bread. Nice, thick palate. The hop flavor here tastes more of a cascade hops (a little dryer) than centennials (a slight citrus balance) than the aroma would lead you to believe. There’s a good earthiness that kind of surrounds everything. Nice and weedy. Surprisingly hoppy tasting for 65 IBU’s. Leaves a dry/sourish finish. Overall this is a good one!
Errl (1890) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a dark amber..Nose is hoppy, citrus, sweetness, orange, floral, pine..Taste is sweet and bitter With hops, citrus, sugar, grain..Palate is bitter and sweet
mmmbeer (1287) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle into a shaker glass it was consumed- poured a heavily murky copper/brown color, several frog eyes with a ring of white upon the liquid surface for a head, aroma of a whole lotta pine and citrus with some light caramel in the background. Hits the mouth with an even medium body, malt does not have as much caramel as you would expect, middle is a fine and high hop wave that because stringently acidic on the finish. Good brew- good times!
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, oranges, tangerines, and citrus. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of hops, citrus, oranges, tangerines, and tropical fruit. Medium body. Oily, then dry texture. Average to slightly lively carbonation. Light to medium sweet, medium bitter, hop, orange, tangerine finish is dry. 6.8%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Too much citrus.
TheCorkStops (53) - Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the Shmaltz Brewing Company, this is the He’Brew Hop Manna IPA. Limited release in 22oz bottles, I was fairly excited to try this little guy. The label states that Hop Manna is dry hopped with Centennial Cascade and Citra hops, checking in at 65 IBUs and 6.8% abv.
The Hop Manna pours a great straw-golden color, with quite a bit of fluffy off-white foam. There is a ton of carbonation rising from the bottom of my Unibroue-brand tulip glass. As usual, there’s a long story on the side of the label in tiny print that I don’t dare try to read after I start drinking.
The nose is full of brightly floral hops, bitter at the core, but mostly floral and citrusy in nature. On the palate, this is much more subtle than some of the other IPAs I’ve been trying lately. The hops are definitely present, but not nearly as rough and bitter as others. The alcohol isn’t even noticeable, it’s seamlessly blended in behind the hops. The finish is not super-long lasting, but it does linger for a few minutes.
Soft, smooth, flavorful, and quite drinkable. I like the Hop Manna!
presario (4778) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
If this beer is based on the highest rated of the test batches then it would be #2 which was the only one I tasted. Huge ctirus scent screams from the bottle. Aroma is more malty and woody in the glass. Dark amber with a light but lasting head with some lace. Flavour start out with woody hops and ends with ctrus. Malty and tasty. A good IPA.
DocLock (8309) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours translucent copper with 2-finger off-white head and lace to spare. Nose is resiny hops, citrus, with that funky acidic yeasty house character from Hebrew. Tastes acidic, citric, tart, bitter, resiny, with a bit of a malt lack to handle the hops. Still, the hops are assertive and impressive, with the Citra dominating. This one is good, but non hopheads will hate it, and I understand that.