Ratman197 (12660) - 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 (1867) - 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 I’m liking Il Vicino so far.
kepano (253) - 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 Bristol’s interpretation of the recipe a try before I condemn this quizzical little IPA.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beerand Blues2: Pours a nice, deep amber color, with a fairly small head. Smells floral, citrusy, hoppy. Standard, but Nice IPA.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beerand Blues2. Pours a clear, deep amber with a thick, rocky off-white head. Mostly lasting, nice lacing. The aroma is floral, grassy with some light citrus underneath. The flavor is herbal, grassy with a light, bready pale malt base, some light caramels. The mouthfeel is smooth with soft carbonation and a bitter, soapy finish. Very nice English IPA.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from beerandblues2. Pours cloudy copper. Smells of yogurt and tea. Tastes mildly citrussy and tarte. Not much hop presence to speak of. I noticed the cap was a Bristol cap. Contract brewed?
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottled: snagged this one on a trip to denver...pours copper haze with a small off white head. nose of slight apricot earthen nose. slightly thing bodied on the palate with subtle fruit herbal flavors. average hopping character more a standard for an american pale ale. average all around.
ClarkVV (5214) - 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 (10532) - 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!