thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to BeerandBlues2 for this brew--which I greatly enjoyed. The pour was a nice hazy orange and brown color, Aroma is a great hoppy aroma that doesnít overpower you with cloying sweet smells that you get from many IIPAís. The palate is so nice--perfect carbonation and very smooth. Great balanced flavor right off the bat. Easy to drink and the perfect amount of bitterness and caramel/biscuit flavors make this really enjoyable. I wonít soon forget this one...
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very malty with some good hops in the aroma.Pours an orange color with a little white head.Good balance of hops and malt in the flavor.Medium to full mouthfeel with some bitter hops in the finish.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is hazy amber with a thin off white head...smell is piney...taste is slightly sweet up front with a strong bitter finish...
fordest (1964) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Brewery. An excellent IPA for sipping on while getting a tour of the brewery (Thanks Jeff). Nice amber color with not a lot of head. Lots of hoppy citrus aroma and more in the flavor. Very hoppy and pretty smooth in the finish considering all the hop bitterness in there. Very good.
sloth (2452) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small offwhite head thats lasting with little lace. Lightly hazy gold hue with an orange glow. Light citrus nose with mild caramel notes. Body is medium, clean palate. Light fruit flavors, citrus, tangerine and caramel. Finish is lightly sweet and fruity. Thanks to goldtwins for the trade.
eaglefan538 (2857) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 11, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled by Bristol Brewing. Opportunity courtesy of the generous Mr. Bert. Light orange/amber color, nice initial head, good retention. Lacing was nil. Caramel was dominating in the aroma. Flavor was caramel, spices, slightly sweet, too sweet? Average mouthfeel, significant carbonation, slightly astringent, and a little sticky all at the same time. I donít like when caramel takes over my IPAs, and this had a sweetness added to it that was undesirable.
Ratman197 (9506) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle poured a hazy copper with a small diminishing amber head. Aromas of carmel, light citrus and some floral notes. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, generic light citrusand a bitof grassiness with a crisp lightly bitter finish. More of a pale ale than an IPA in my opinion.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a very nice hazy copper hue. Rich and sticky creamy head. Good amount of lace. The aroma features a big pine scent, with some underlying malt sweetness. The flavor starts on the sweeter side and finishes with a grassy bitterness. Palate is slick and oily. Kind of syrupy. A fine beer, but nothing to knock you socks off. Thanks BeerandBlues2
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on tap at the pizzeria on Central in Abq. Nice hoppy aroma, amber pour, not much head, some lacing. Very hoppy tasty flavor, pine, citrus, good stuff. Only complaint is slightly overcarbonated, but Iím liking Il Vicino so far.
kepano (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Chatting and socializing briefly paused as the growler of Wet Mountain we had freshly purchased from Il Vicino (Colorado Springs) was uncapped. Of course the audience was somewhat of a beer-driven one to begin with, and as such made the moment more significant as an atmosphere of satisfaction developed. The beer was poured and produced a clear copper volume topped of an off-white head reminiscent of foamed milk. I have yet to smell a more flowery beer. Nectar, pollen, honeysuckle, sweet sensations that marry so well to the blossoming hops. A surprisingly complex blend, that progresses to reveal vanilla, Cointreau, soy sauce, melon, honey and strawberry yoghurt while conserving a definite integrity. A <i >good aroma, but with perhaps too much of a flowery component, one that I would not favor in a beer. Again the flavor is completely reliant on the floral hops and only allows burnt honey as its malt backbone. A bit disappointing from that angle, especially as the palate seems watery and acrid. I would love to give Bristolís interpretation of the recipe a try before I condemn this quizzical little IPA.