Ferris (3799) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Caramel and grapefruit hops. Clear gold with a rich head. Pine, resin, orange and some caramel in the finish. A well balanced IPA that although has nothing exciting is nice and easy to drink.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A vigorous pour from the growler produces a two finger thick, pale tan colored head in my teku glass. The beer is a rich amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich copper-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a huge toasted, nutty malt character to it up front. There is a soft citrus hop character, a touch of herbal hop character, but really this is surprisingly not hoppy; it is like an old school IPA from the 90s or earlier, but by todays standards doesn’t seem to have much hop character to it at all. It doesn’t even smell like a malty IPA, more like an amber ale.
This does have a big bitterness to it that provides a bite to my first sip. There is lots of malt flavors here; sweet, caramelized, sweet tea, nutty toasted malt, and lots of English biscuit character. Soft citrus notes play up a grapefruit character, caramelized tangelos, some menthol notes that also provide a palate presence, and an herbal, woody, not quite rosemary like character all perfume the mostly more dominant malt character (at least for an IPA).
A weird beast, definitely not at all what I expected, seems to be an American take on an English interpretation of an IPA. Certainly not bad, but I was hoping for a hop fix, and this certainly doesn’t fit that bill.
dnstone (2137) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Piney floral hop aroma and taste. Taste continues with the hop flavors coating the mouth nicely and giving a nice lingering bitterness. A nice moderate IPA.
Notes: Called "Fresh Hop IPA" at the pub
annunz123 (853) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on tap at their pub in Las Cruces. Pine/citrus aroma. Clean taste with a nice bitter hop bite. Very good, but I liked their ESB a little better.
LilBeerDoctor (3429) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear orange with a white head. Aroma of caramel malt, sweet orange, citrus, and some odd malty notes that are difficult to describe. Flavor of caramel malt, iced tea, piney, orangy hops, some acetone, and mineral notes. Just kind of odd tasting - from what it’s hard to say, but a disappointing IPA (and it’s fresh hopped too, oh well).
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
growler-pours a retaining light tan head and gold color. Aroma is pine/citrus, some medium malt. Taste is pine/resin hops, secondary medium malt.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
growler pour thanks to jwattsrugger. A nice smooth ipa. Classic yellow orangish color. Nice citrus notes. very drinkable.
jtclockwork (8173) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2011
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Growler thanks to Jcwattsrugger. Pours like chunky apple cider. Tons of hop sediment. Nose and tastes of dry hops and caramel malt. Slightly bitter.
Bif (1407) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On-Tap- Served a copper color with a small head with a bit of lacing.
Aroma was primarily of pine with a hint of citrus. Starts with a nice hop tang. Flavor of some citrus and a bit of biscuit. Quite refreshing. Fairly medium body, crisp and clean. Seems to be well balanced. Very drinkable. Enjoyed enought to get a growler to take with me.
jkwalking05 (3686) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Amber orange in color with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma is of light citrus and grain. Taste is not quite hoppy enough and a little watered down. Mostly just grain.