boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Toatally translucent dark orange body with red hues. Mostly diminishing off-white head. Only remnants of lacing. Nose is a nice balance of toasted grains and grapefruity hops. Alcohol is not detectable. Also noted are tangelo, caramel and fresh grassiness. Aromatically, hoppiness is subdued and only steps up with noticeable bitterness in the flavor. The flavor is indeed hoppier but the hefty malt backbone is well-structured and vital to this beers’ balance and drinkability. Pine comes to light in the taste. Only lightly bitter in the flavor and grassy again. Alcohol is once again not detectable but the warmth it provides is substantial. Highly carbonated mouthfeel. Light and smooth palate, medium bodied. Somewhat dull, though very drinkable. Unfortunately it feels like a crisp version of a long-aged double IPA, with subsided hop character and lacking any kind of memorable or unique personality.
garrison (792) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From an overriced bottle at "Keller’s IA" in Cincinnati, Ohio - This one pouredark, witj an unbalanced malty aroma. Tastewise,,,it’s okay, but bnot reat.
adrian910ss (2421) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber via trade with Puddintane. Pours an amber coppery color with a small white head. Aroma starts off with faint piney hops that quickly turn into sweet malty hops. Taste is malty with faint piney hop hints and a grapefruit finish. Average.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Copper color with a moderately thick soapy white head. Hop aroma not very strong, sweet malt aroma lies underneath. Medium-bodied. Taste is backed pretty well by a malt backbone and ends with a grapefruit finish. Very drinkable. Maltier than most.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slighlty soapy, off-white head over a coppery body. Great aroma: heather, hops and sligtly sweet malts - the citrus abounds in the aroma and blends very well with the herbal earthiness. The earthiness and hops come through in the flavor as well, although in general the flavor is pretty mild. It’s not a "robust" IPA, but it is tasty nonetheless. Tea-like spices in the finish and the bitterness lingers.
notalush (5351) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from ogglethorp - thanks, man! - bright copper pour, with a frothy, off-white head - full, well-rounded aroma, with strong citrus and pine, balanced out with a sweet, bready malt smell - apricot and peaches up front, with a rather dry, nicely bitter mixture of spicy hop flavors - light bodied, but not thin - I was expecting bready malt from the aroma, but the malt backbone on this is more biscuity - a tiny bit of honey sweetness on the back end, mixing well with a light, herbal tea-like flavor - quite sessionable (or at least it would be if the abv were a little lower) - well-done, and the strong apricot up front sets it apart from a lot of other ipas.
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a golden amber with good size head. aroma is mostly citrus with some pine. Flavor is also citrus. decent hoppiness but really expected more. nothing great.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours a typical amber/golden color with a decent sized white head. Aroma is fairly citrusy with a dash of pine. Flavor is also very citrusy, a little pine, a dash of spice with a slightly malty backbone. Fair bit of hops, but not very aggressive. Overall, I would say an average IPA.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Shigadeyo. Thanks Craig! Pours a medium translucent copper with nice foamy ivory head. Sweet malty and fruity nose. Medium light mouthfeel, and fine carbonation. Upon first sip, it is surprisingly very malty. Initial mild sweet flavor of caramel, orange, and cookie. The middle becomes more dry and grassy, with some faint nuttiness. Very bitter spicy hop finish, with a long and resiny lingering bitterness. If you like malty IPA’s , give this one a try., Perhaps too dry and spicy for my personal tastes, but enjoyable none the less.
ClarkVV (4211) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2007 2006 bomber from Black95tt drunk on 3/9/07
Dark copper-amber, much darker than your typical IPA, with a dark-ivory colored head that is slow to form, but continuously builds, rising up to a nice height eventually and showing medium to strong retention, with moderate lacing. Clarity is high, with no sediment in the bottle. Plentiful carbonation.
Extremely spicy hops in the nose provide more atypical American IPA characteristics. Very relaxed citrus shows tangerine, light lemon and a brush of orange, but continuous feeds of spiciness and a bit of cut grass on the finish keep it quite unique. Some crystal-like maltiness is delicately added on top of the dry hop aroma, but as it warms/breathes, plenty of underlying pale maltiness, well-extracted and modestly supple, emerges to help balance the hardness/dryness. Graham crackers, brown bread and greater quantities of emerging grapefruit and orange hop character sit on the finish, with caramel underlying everything. Certainly not my favorite grain bill for an IPA, and the hops could definitely use a little juiciness (again, just my preference) as it’s quite dry, but this is a very clean, well-constructed aroma, free from flaws or alcohol.
Rich caramel and light toffee immediately set in on the palate, with a high amount of carbonation that is somehow very soft and creamy. Honey and very light chocolate-graham cracker flavors sit behind spicy and citric hops. Not very bitter at all, and though some leafiness dulls things somewhat, the hop character is pretty well focused and flavorful. Candied orange, spicy herb/grass flavors and a malt flavor and texture that is comforting to the end. Medium-full to full body is filled with more dextrines than actual residual malt sugars and thus is full in texture, but surprisingly light on the palate and quite drinkable. No alcohol or flaws. Some dry, crackery/breadiness and a touch of astringency is lightly noted, from the medium/dark malts, but is mostly harmless. Despite the odd grain bill, I still like a more malt-sided IPA and so this stuff goes over well with me.