jarspag (601) - Orange County, 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 (846) - La Jolla, 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 (11092) - 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 (7526) - Boulder, Oregon, 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 (3200) - 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.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle from BeerAnd Blues2. Hazy amber in color with minimal head. Faint grass and citrus in the nose. Rather malty upfront, kind of thick, with a pleasant dose of citric bitterness. Flavor abounds with caramel sweetness, perfumy centennials with a resinous aftertaste. A great beer. Thanks Brad!
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from BeerAnd Blues2. Thanks! Clear orange amber with a white head. Pine and grapefruit nose, decent caramel backbone. Grassy bitter flavors, piney and earthy, quite a bit of caramel. Somewhat dry, decent medium body. A damn fine IPA.
FlagstoneHill (213) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz, 23 Nov 07
Amber, clear with off-white head
Citusry hoppiness with sweet carmelly malt aromas
Good bit of hob bitterness with malt balance
Med body, lt carb
Nice IPA. Good bitterness with malty balance. Iíd have another...
jcwattsrugger (10726) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap-pours a foamy to rocky light tan head and amber color. Aroma is nice, lots of sweet citrus (cascade) hops-bitter too, secondary medium malt. Taste is bitter, nice, lots of sweet citrus/pine (cascade) hops-bitter too, secondary medium malt. OK/mild carbonation.