kyzr (1150) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear amber with decent off-white head. Nice hoppy floral nose. Flavor is citrus with a light sweetness to it. Crisp and dry hoppy finish.
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a clear amber orange color with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of floral hops and spicy pine notes. Spicy, moderately floral hop entry leads into a piney flavor with a light biscuity undertone. Moderate mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty good beer, it just isn’t the way I prefer my IPA’s.
uhclem (361) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy apricot with a beige head that quickly subsides. Minimal lacing. Nose is redolent of oranges and grapefruit. There is a subtle undercurrent of vanilla.Taste is pleasantly laid back and delivers a good hop flavor borne on a bed of orange, pine and caramel. At the very end there is a delicious breadiness. Mouthfeel is light and is a harbinger of a very pleasant aftertaste.
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewery in Albuquerque.
This is a local favorite with many devout followers. Il Vicinoís IPA does not jump up and smack you in the face with balls-out hoppiness. What it does is more seductive and tasteful. At the beginning of a pint, I sometimes feel a little let down by the understated character of this brew. However, by the end my palate usually reels with all the delicious juicy flavors I expect from a good IPA. Grapefruit, pine, caramel, etc. Just give it some time to warm up to you.
P.S. The brewery here is doing a special on Wednesdays this summer... each week they offer a cask of this IPA with extra hops of a specific variety. Last week I tried the Amarillo version. It was a little warm and leaning toward the flat side, very British. The massive addition of hops turned this ale into a sort of alcoholic herbal infusion. Iíve made hops tea at home, and the almost unbearable bitterness of that drink was also present in this brew. Totally unbalanced and only for crazy hopheads. Iím looking forward to the Cascade version this week.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Clear orange beer with quickly fading head. Taste leans more toward the citrus, grapefruit side of the ipa spectrum. Clean, yet riddled with a earthy, mildly bready malt backbone. Trying very hard to boast depth... Not mind blowing but certainly quite good and in my opinion, above average.
GarrettB (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A legendary IPA, found locally in Colorado Springs - considered by college kids to be some kind of holy grail of beer. The head isnít much but mottled tan tracings. Beneath is a fox orange body. Pretty standard as far as IPAs go. The aroma definitely belongs to an IPA, but is practically sprouting with floral scents, most especially jasmine and lilac. Even better, these flowery smells are fresh. Some beers that opt for a flowery slant often take on a dried and condensed potpourri smell, but the Wet Mountainís aroma is fully lush and spring. Behind the petals is a vague sweet pumpkin spice and raw potato smells, but the flower garden aroma is dominant. The taste is flowery too, without being botanical, and pairs that flavor with a good savory toastiness. The beginning has a dallop of honey with a metallic touch, which then dims to a deeper caramelized sugar flavor. Alongside that sweetness is the flower flavor and dry hops. This beer has found the sweet spot between the perfect volume of flavor and a perfectly matched palate - medium bodied, but good activity. Itís busy enough to keep me engaged, but not so bubbly that I canít taste the Wet Mountainís flavors. Actually, thatís quite the achievement considering my general dislike of pale ales. This beer is truly quenching but still attention grabbing, which for me makes it a go-to beer to show off to friends. All the better that Il Vicino (host of this beer) also dispenses a fantastic root beer for the under 21ís that might be craving a little liquid connoisseurship.
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an orange-amber with a short-lived cream-colored head. The aroma is of grapefruit and flowers. It sits medium-bodied on the tongue. Itís initially sweet, though quickly transitioning to bitter hops. But itís very well-blended.
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle, thanks blindeyebetty) Lightly hazed dark amber body, topped by quickly dissipating beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, pine, some grapefruit, bread. Taste is medium sweet, bread, pine/grapefruit, some orange. Fairly mild bitterness for style. Watery light-medium body with some acidity and low carbonation.
3fourths (7979) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by argo0. Dark orange and copper colored body with a slight murkiness. Has a bit of a wet dogfood smell along with some grain husk and soggy bread. The flavor of soggy bread crust is a bit too strong, and there’s some strange paprika notes mixed in the heavy crystal malt base. Ok overall but not outstanding.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Slightly hazy, orange-amber color; patchy off-white head with fine-bubbled lacing. Pleasant amounts of resiny citrus and earthy hops in the aroma; some candy sugar and sticky caramel. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy, sticky sugar and light bitterness; cereal, toasty grains, and hops in the background; kind of disappointing for an IPA. Medium, graininess and bread in the hops; a bit of mineral bitterness.