ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2006 12 oz bottle from Liquor Mart in Colorado, bottled in June 2005, remained on shelf from then until purchase in late September. Refrigerated from the beginning of October until consumption on 1/31/2006. The fill line was at the very bottom of the neck. I do not remember if this was the case when I bought it (most likely).
With such a poor fill and an aging period of 7 months, I was expecting the worst. To my great surprise the beer poured with a very large amount of head that even laced quite well. A light eggshell-beige color, atop a chill-hazed deep copper with light auburn tinges. Head retention is moderate, and probably even better had this been fresh. The nose is rather soft and mossy. Damp, leafy hops, soily and light bits of minerals and old oranges. But though it is not strong, it is a lasting aroma with substance to it. The malt is lightly peachy-sweet, with honey and some munich-like sourness. The flavor boasts of a very rounded, soft, citrus and floral hoppiness, with definite light peach and apricot notes. Plenty of sugary malt, light caramel and more of the munich sourness, more pronounced in flavor than aroma, comes out on the finish. Low carbonation, pushing watery, but not overly so. Very drinkable, medium bodied. Lack of lively, poignant hoppiness is the biggest problem here, but the flavors seem on for what it is. No doubt the fresh draught version must be a knockout.
hopscotch (8390) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Hazy amber ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Fruity, sweet aroma with notes of apricot, toffee and honey. The flavor is fruity and citrusy with lots of grapefruit, brown sugar and black tea. Full-bodied and chewy with medium carbonation. Finishes lightly bitter, dry and grassy. Thanks to DarkElf for the bottle!
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Soft, sweet, toasty malts with orange, herbal hops in the nose. Lightly hazy, deep copper coloured body with low white head that recedes to partial cover with some sudsy lacing. Moderately bitter with herbal, citrus hop flavour. Very dry maltiness is drawn out - somewhat tannic and minerally. Medium-light body with fair carbonation. Uninspired or stale? Bottle sampled with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.
Indra (2536) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle. Fruity, citric and lightly sweet aroma, plenty of pineapple and orange on top of the lightly toasty, honeyish malts, fairly appealing overall. Dark, cloudy copper color, with a fine, slight head and a thin sheet of lace. Flavor is sweet and fruity to start, malty and toasty with some faintly discernible pear and apple qualities, turning citric with hints of tangerine and pine that carry through to the juicy, bitter finish. Smoothly effervescent mouthfeel, very "wet" on the palate with a medium body. Highly drinkable, good balance as well.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Sweet fruity malt aroma of peach and apricot. Earthy and floral hops are underneath. Flavor has a fair amount of hop running through the malt. Moderate bitterness on the finish.
lovelacm (48) - Niceville, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft from the Il Vicino Wood Fired Pizza joint on Montgomery in ABQ, NM. Reddish Amber body with a smallish head. Honestly not that much aroma.. could be all the smells of pizza and such in the air! Flavor - I agree with the citrus flavors and with the pine resin to a point... Definately dry and bitter on the finish. I found the middle notes quite pleasant.
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled version from Bristol:
Powerful wood resin dryness soars over an earthy and piney perfume. Oranges attempt to lighten the severity of the presentation.
Oranges and caramel end up in shy bitterness. Definitely not as hoppy and bitter as was announced. Low carbonation brings to light the tired mouthfeel. Flavors are balanced and possibly pleasant, but won’t satisfy those looking for potent hoppiness. Maybe the contract-brewed version doesn’t do justice to the original?
Waking up to a soaked tent.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear orange. Irregular off-white topping. Not the most aromatic hops in there. Greenish woodstick flavours, somewhat sweaty and earthy. In mouth, it comes out dry and tannic, certainly earthy, apricot like and above all, reminding me of an old pocket of herbal tea, dull and astringent. Light bodied, fair carbonation. A pretty disappointing example of weak character for its reputation.
Tybalt (198) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 Beautiful cloudy beer that goes down easy. I think it has a smoother feel and taste than most IPAs I’ve had.
jigglyjock (161) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2006 I love the apperance of this beer. I love the deep orange, rusty body and creamy orange tinged head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, rich malt. The taste characteristics are what good IPA’s strive for. A strong grapefruit citrus front accompanied by heavy malts. And with a backbone of dried aprocots. The body of this IPA is wonderfully thick, letting all the flavors fully come out.