NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dirty hazy orange color, with a lacy head. Lots of apricot aromas dominating, with an herbal, tea-like hop aroma. More of the apricot like maltiness in the flavor, along with some dusty flavors and an earthy bitter finish. Quite different, in that the focus seems to be on fruity hops and malts rather than simple, crude crushing bitterness.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from some liqour store in CO Springs. Pours a nice orangey red with a dense beige head. Aroma is very nice...pine, hops, and some nice caramelish malt. Taste is even better....big hop malt mix....toffeish, yet piney and hoppy....nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is slick and full. Nice and clean in the end with good hop bitterness. Yum.
Beaver (1624) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a glowing hazy copper orange with an off-white head that goes to a soapy film that leaves some lacing.
The aroma is sweet sugary caramel and toffee malts, some figs, and some piney, resinous woody hops.
Its flavor is sweet caramel and toffee initially leading to a piney hop bang with a long sticky bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with just the right amount of carbonation, but does seem slightly watery at times.
Overall an excellent IPA! Vey nicely balanced.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clearish yelllow/copper color with some head and not much lacing. Great bready/malty nose with notes of grapefruit lemon, and candy. Nice hop bitterness and flavor with good malt profile. A very smooth and clean IPA that has a good lingering bitterness.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2004: Pours a clear semi-hazy golden with a white frothy head. Aroma is piney and hoppy with a touch of malty sweetness. Mild candy-like, hoppy sweetness and caramel malt flavor throughout the body. Has a crisp, clean, dry semi-balanced finish. A nice IPA, but could’ve used some more balance and a fuller hoppy bitterness.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear yellowish orange with a fantastic white head. The head dies within minutes but soon displays a ring around the corner of the glass that laces quite well.
Unbelieveable aroma. Straight hops! Grapefruits, wood, melted candy, lemon and red hair from marijuana buds. Nice aroma!
Seems to be lacking flavor up front but finishes great. Grapefruit, pine and some unusual flavors that I enjoyed but simply could not identify. Overall pretty tasty!
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very hoppy, barleywine-esqe aroma, quite nice. Good color and head. Medium bodied. Very hoppy taste, yet balanced with the malt flavors. Bitterness lingers for quite awhile. Well rounded, fine beer.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
when i recently moved to rural central colorado-- an area known more for big maurading bears than "big" micro brews-- i was dismayed by the selection in my local beer store -- the shelves were vacuous with the weenie variations on amber ales, fruity wheats and non-discript browns and pales. my god, i thought, my kingdom for an oberon, a fin du monde, or a golden monkey! like a glutton in a wax fruit store, i was ravenous for something of substance. i had to find a go-to beer. i took it to the lord in prayer, and zeus be praised, here it is: il vicino. an IPA as rich as a mini-arrogant bastard, with gooey-kraft caramels balancing those piney hops-- hops with a bite as serious as a pissed off mongoose. in a glass, it’s as radiantly copper as a giraffe run through the hot-wax car wash, the head is like piles of foam core, with more lace than a prostitute’s boudoir. the aroma has burnt orange rind, caramel and old furniture. it has a gently carbonated milky feel, with it’s pregnant hops tasting sappy and ripe-- an oaky dryness moderating the delicious honey and toffee flan malts. a bitterness of citrus and forest products lingers, reminding you that the ’wet mountain’ is close at hand--the price is right-- and that krishna will provide.
Braudog (6255) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 Deep red with a solid head and bountiful hop aroma. Awesomely balanced creamy hoppiness. The perfect blend of grain flavors and hops. I love Il Vicino beers, two of which are the only ones I’ve rated as 5’s.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey was the StudlyAss rater that sent me this brew… Gotta love the inaccessible IPA’s!
Pours with a deep copper body and a small and quickly dissipating head… but ends up as a fuzzy ring around the perimeter of my Hapkin snifter. The aroma and flavor bring me some simple notes of hand chopped pine logs, some musty suggestions of grapefruit, tasty notes of caramel and a nippley-nip of guava. The finish is dry with a crisp hoppy bite….. SMACK BITCH….. I’m the Hop Monster!