mjg74 (2363) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from BevMo. Hazy amber/brownish on the pour. Hoppy nose with a little sweetness. Fairly well hopped with a bit of breadiness. Some spiced hops with a touch of a grapefruit finish. Drinkable IPA.
Strykzone (3866) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Hayduke and we shared one via facebook chat. We are such beer geeks for old guys! This poured opaque dark copper and had a rocky long lasting beige head. Thick lacing. This was all about the Admiral hop which is a new one for me. It was pleasantly fruity and citrus. The hop managed to be complex despite doing a solo performance. Bitterness was persistent but never over powering. Caramel malt was a nice offset. I was not familiar with this hop and there are so many new varieties. This one should definitely have utility to brewers. It has nice bitterness, citrus, fruit, and aroma going for it. It made for a very nice beer.
hayduke (2963) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I shared this one with Strykzone via joint tasting on Facebook Chat. It poured a clear amber with a really big bubbled creamy light beige head and copious lacing rings. The nose is roasted caramel malts and some light citrus and pine. Medium body. Very smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is bitter. Some citrus hops there. but mostly bitter. Bitter finish too, but flavor lingers. Despite being what appear to a bittering hop, this is a remarkably nice tasting and easy drinking beer. So single hop or not, this is a very nice beer. I know I am scoring this higher than most, but I like what I like, and I liked this.
bnoel09 (380) - Elk Grove, California, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from the bomber into a shaker. Cloudy amber colored with a brownish hue and slight cream colored head. Aroma is caramel malt base with floral and herbal hop notes. The hops combined with the sweeter malt base create an earthy taste with a slightly bitter finish. This drinks like a red ale. Medium to full body with a slightly sticky mouthfeel and a long astringent finish. This is a nice beer, but definitely seems more like a red ale than an IPA to me.
MrChopin (2527) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
slightly darker tea with shorter lasting cream white head. Heavy lotion, light caramel, plant and pine hops. Flavor is more paper, high bitterness, not very fresh and no balance.
GT2 (5810) - Jurupa Valley, California, USA - APR 16, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
651mL thanks to beerandblues2. A typical "red" IPA with way too much specialty malt including crystal malt. Stale, cheesy hop nose. Way too dark of SRM for style. Nose brings out sugary strawberry cheesecake from a gas station. Typical stale hop nose plus specialty malt sugar. Taste is malty, super thick, loads of maple and resin bitterness. Such a full body itís almost impossible to drink. Way too much unfermentables in suspension lead to a sticky, cloying body. Couldnít drink it.
monk191 (394) - California, USA - APR 15, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not a very good IPA. Extremely bitter. Someone may enjoy it, but not for us. Had in bottle.
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BeerandBlues2 (7466) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with a medium, frothy white head, medium white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is celery, resin, pine and herbal hops, biscuit and straw malt and tropical fruity esters. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, supporting malt and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Super sweet caramel ips, far too sweet to be good, lots of astringent ice tea. Nasty shit. Dumped.
CaptainCougar (7107) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle: Pours a clear deep orange amber with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a semi-sweet light caramel malty nose and some grassy peppery hops. Starts with decent fullness and sticky dark caramel malts with some earthy grassy hop bitterness before a drier bittersweet finish.