Strykzone (5526) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the brewpub. Clear and light copper hued. A white ring. This offers plenty of biting hops. They are citrus and pine and do, indeed, have a bite to them. Bitterness is big. Caramel malts are evident but subdued against those hops. Clover is tasted. (?). This beer is not shy. The hops grab and do not let go.
Trev (2011) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange pour with a thin head. Aroma is pine, citrusy hop, biscuity and caramel malt sweetness.
Pithy bitterness, some piney hop and a bit of metallic aftertaste holds it back a bit.
Bullit (4163) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUN 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ Hereford & Hops brewpub. Hazy dark orange colour, small white head. Aroma is nicely hopped, grapefruit, some malts. Flavour of grapefruit, very bitter. Pine hops, some sourness. A bit harsh.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft, chilled glass. labeled as simply ’india pale ale’. aroma is lightly soapy with some pine. body is the requisite H&H trademark thin standard. flavor is pleasant pine and hit of juicy peach. fruits come late and bitterness continues onward. translucent sunburst pour.
cheap (4568) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2007
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap at the H&H brew pub in Cranberry PA. Here it was simply called "IPA". Has a nice hoppy IPA aroma of flowery hops, can’t miss it. Slightly darker than your typical pale yellow american brew but the same color as many an IPA. Not really copper colored as it says on the bar card. I am expecting something really bitter, on the card it says 80 IBUs. On the initial flavor impression, I find it not watered down, it fits the IPA style pretty well. Grapefruit peel bitter flavor that lingers for long time. If you like IPA, you better seek this out at least for a one time try. Growlers are available! Very bitter medicine quality that hangs like any good IPA. I better rinse my mouth with some ice water before I taste another brew. Linger astringent bitterness will not go away.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy gold, topped by an inch of sudsy white foam. Good head retention and thick lacing. Fresh hoppy aroma - grassy and citrus - with a whiff of some sweet malt in the background.
This is one hoppy beer. Bittter hops flavor up front - lots of grapefruit and some lime. Bitter grapefruit pith in the finish and aftertaste. The malt is there definately providing balance, and body, and even aroma, but I do not detect any contributions to the flavor. Again, it is balanced and has good body, so I am not knocking this beer at all. No way. I gladly drank two. Good soft carbonation.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5521) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Sampled on draft at the Cranberry Twp PA location this beer poured a medium golden color with a small white head. The aroma is moderately strong floral and fruity hops. The flavor is dry and bitter with a strong floral hop presence and a hint of grapefruit. Certainly hoppy but too bitter and thin.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint at the Wausau, WI location. Light straw-gold with a lasting white head and touch of lace...slightly farmy nose, plenty of PNW hops a bit of perfumy quality...in the body, very bitter to start with fruity sweetness taking over towards the end...nose remains beautifully fragrant and gets stronger and stronger.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this one on draught in Wausau, Wisconsin. Clear and bubbly with a dark yellow pour, this IPA had a thick head, very mild hoppy, flowery nose, heavy on the hops in the taste with roses, but unusually sour in the finish. Not bad, but not my first choice.
JoeM500 (1907) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Festival Tap: This was every bit an Imperial IPA according to my tastebuds. BIg Piney aroma, firey alcohol at first sip, sweet malts were earthy and chewy. Piney bitter finish laced with alcohol. A big thick beer.