igneous1 (1529) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
color is bronze, minimal head, aroma is lightly citrusy and more piney with just a hint of alcohol, very slight. flavor is quite caramelly with a decent amount of bitterness, especially coming on in the finish. pretty darn good. has a nice tongue-numbing quality.
Kinz (3661) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Secret Santa crizay for this one! Beautiful reddish amber with a small but pillowy head. Aroma is nice and hop oriented, grapefruit with a good bit of orange marmalade. Flavor is considerably more malty, caramel, biscuit, and some roast. Hops tend towards spicy with a citric undertone. Nice.
EithCubes (5426) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma a big, fulfilling rush of grapefruit, pine, and resin; strong caramel overtones with strong pineapple and some gritty, earthy hops. Really very fruity! Dark coppery brown body, looks a lot like an Altbier, with a creamy hop-infused beige/tanned head with lacing creeping up the sides. Really good, enduring lace. Very dark for an IPA. Funky, earthy, almost filthy hoppy taste, most of the tropical flavors of the aroma but with more emphasis on the caramel and dark malt. Stronger notes of wood and dry hops, light sweetness and citrus, bready with just a touch of caramel. Very interesting mix of tones. Medium-bodied, a touch of water here and there but on the whole very much a quaffer. Unique for an IPA; doesn’t deserve Grandmaster status, but a tasty, complex brew!
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle shared by thedm and hotstuff - Pours copper with a thin head and some clouds of suspended yeast. It has both citrus and pine notes in the hop dominated aroma. There’s a good, crisp hops flavor that’s well balanced by the caramel malt. The bitter finish seems slightly off.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of trade. NondeScript IPA. Not much here that jumps out @ me. Too old?
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Name: Hoppin’ to Heaven IPA
clear dark red, fine off white head,
big earthy hop aroma with a hint of sweet caramel malt,
well balanced dark caramel with lots of earthy hops, the carmel continues to develop, long bitter finish,
Name: Hoppin’ to Heaven IPA
the caramel and sweetness is coming forward but still well balanced with the hops including the long bitter finish,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20
mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured cloudy dark amber with a beige head. Citrus hops aroma. Citrusy hops and sweet malts to balance the bitterness. A very good IPA.
Sammy (10555) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Citrus hoppy aroma. Grapefruit colour with a good head. Very drinkable citrus, slightly bitter-pucker aftertaste. Clean finish.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a glowing deep amber-caramel color. Aroma is hop forward, as expected, pine needles is what I am picking up. As much as I like the aroma, the flavor seems to be a bit tamer than I had expected, but is still very enjoyable. Very mild bitterness.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a yeasty, though fairly clear orange with a thick, foamy light tan head. Smells of sweet sices, hops, orange zest, and maybe a trace of some mint. The flavor is more on the sweet side, some floral hops, mild grapefruit citrus, and a little orange peel as well. Seemed to drink pretty nicely. Well balanced between the malts and the hops, with the hops slightly more apparent as you’d expect from this style. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste, with piney hops the dominant flavor. Pretty good IPA.