CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear bright golden with a clingy-lacing froth of white head. Has a clean fresh floral hoppy nose with some light malty sweetness. Starts with pretty good fullness and lightly toasted malts with a good balance of citrusy hops before a drier bittersweet finish. Not all that assertive, but very drinkable.
portableparty (2279) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from watson1977. Pours clear amber with a large soapy sudsy off white head that fades to a soapy film. Aroma shows earthy hops that come off with some dry hops and malt. Taste is earthy toned down spruce like dry hops which is bitter and then the malt shows through and takes over. Palate is slick and smooth with a dry finish. Easy drinking IPA!
obguthr (5488) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wood and caramel dominated aroma with piney accents. Clear copper, medium head. Fresh split oak flavor, caramel notes are understated. More citrusy orange peel in the finish. A malty IPA, just what I expected from Shmaltz.
reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - MAY 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A kinder more gentle IPA....beautiful color with a thin cap of off white head that replenishes with a little swirl. The nose is softer citrus hops with orange being predominate. The taste is much like the aroma, softly smooth with a light hop bite backed by buttery malts. The finish is pleasant and comfortable. Overall a good IPA.
BeerSquare (117) - - MAY 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At first I was a bit put off by this beer, primarily due to the light carbonation.
I’ve since found myself coming back to it, because it really does seem to be a unique combination of hops.
It’s similar to many American IPAs in being very hop-heavy, but there’s something about the mix, and/or the dry hopping that really makes it a very unique flavor.
While it is NOT well balanced, in terms of hops v. malt, the balance between the different hops is very interesting-- tons of citrusy grapfruitiness up front, but then a lot of butterscotchy, softer aftertaste.
crossovert (11015) - Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours a clear amberish orange with a foamy white head.
The smell is decent. Bready malt, sugar, along with some citrus, slight dank, and some alcoholic notes.
The flavor is nice. Decent bitterness to start. Nice piney notes, some tropical notes, citrus, sweetness. It isn’t over the top hoppy or bitter but to me it isn’t too sweet. The alcohol in the smell didn’t really carry over to taste. Some of the beers people are comparing this to are correct. It is a nice IPA. I would have like just a bit better of an aroma. It was more of the malt in the aroma that lacked any sort of character.
It isn’t bad.
mcberko (13500) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a hazy copper orange with a medium white head. Aroma is very resinous hop heavy, loads of caramel malt to back, oranges and grapefruit. Flavour of mandarin oranges, grapefruit, tropical fruits, buttery caramel malts, and truckloads of resinous hops that linger very pleasantly with little astringency. Excellent IPA.
Hangover (1110) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden pour with a thin white head. Aroma is very hoppy, mostly pine and citrus. Mouthfeel is sticky and resinous, little carbonation. Pine and citrus hop flavor, hints of grapefruit, orange with a lot of sugary sweetness. Finish is short, with lingering hoppiness. it’s pretty good. Not as balanced as I would like but it is called "Hop Manna".
jcwattsrugger (12122) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle-pours gold with a rich offwhite head. Aroma is pine/some resin, 2nd light/medium malt. Taste is pine/some resin hops, 2nd light/medium malt-caramel.
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a very lightly hazed medium gold with a moderate off-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma that is dominated by grapefruit along with perhaps a touch of caramel. The flavor begins with malt and caramel, but is quickly overrun by grapefruit that is both fruit and pith. Moderate-strong bitterness at the finish. On the fuller side of medium bodied. Excellent IPA.