hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Mostly clear, dark amber ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Caramel and light chocolate notes in the aroma. Also, loads of earthy, citrusy hops... grapefruit and pine. The flavor is hearty caramel malt escortd by bitter evergreen and grapefruit. Full-bodied and creamy with modest carbonation. Lengthy, astringent, dry finish. Cheers to shigadeyo for shipping the bottle to Florida!
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Sliffy. Amber body with medium sized off-white head. The aroma is citrus and caramel, some bread. The flavor is heavy in crystal malt, lots of tea, some caramel, fairly sweet, grapefruit hops, slightly bitter. Medium body is soft, but a bit thin.
PhillyBeer2112 (2740) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appealing appearance, a nice bright red color with a large protein head, faded kinda quickly but stopped with a small ring and heavy lacing. Big hoppy nose, grapefruit, sweat, tangerine, pine. Flavor is more balanced, with a bready sweet almost fruity (persimmon) malt, with a mild tingle of citric and floral (rose, lavender?) hops. Finish has a clean bitterness that lingers nicely and seems to touch everything. Palate just a touch on the light side.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle via an outrageously generous Puddintane. Pours a deep copper/almost garnet color with a frothy ivory head. Very floral aroma; smells like lilacs, honey and oranges. Thin malty flavor with a bitterness to balance it but nothing more; no hop aroma or really even enough bitterness. More like an amped up Pale Ale. Honey aftertaste.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear red/copper color with an almost large head. Good Lacing. Aroma is citrus and earth hops, with a good amount of caramel. Taste is earthy, grassy hops with a big caramel malt backbone. Well balanced, but just doesn’t do it for me.
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 (808) - 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 (2561) - 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.