twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2011 Fresh bottle, re-rated. And from my experience, fresh is the ONLY way to go with this beer.
Golden yellow pour with a decent head.
Nose shows a lot of fruit notes, some sharp citrus and some sweeter, tangerine-ish stuff. Promises lots of hop character without much else.
Flavor follows on that, and doesn’t disappoint. Loads of citrus flavor, and sharp citrus bitterness that finishes clean. Tangerines and oranges round out hop flavors. Mild sweetness, with a solid body held up by mild caramel and toffee. Clean, smooth, good finish.
Overall a superb IPA- if fresh. If not... falls apart fast.
tekhna (118) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2009 I think this is a really underrated IPA. Especially at the prices you can get it at in Ithaca! It’s a session IPA, if you can call it that at 8% abv. Lots of grass, some pine, some grapefruit, but not a ton. The malt bill isn’t overly thick, and it’s nicely bittered, but not too bitter. This is a damn fine IPA completely in fitting with the style. Which might be why it’s so underrated.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice and hoppy and juicy hops too. Great on tap. Citrus and piney hops. Malt sweetness helps balance it out but it definitely is hop dominant and biiter too right through the finish and sticks with you for a bit.
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at GL. Pour is a golden amber with 2finger white head. Aromas strong of floral hops, resin, and sweet fruits. Flavor is a hop bomb! Nice citrus, piney, and floral hops. Very easy drinking at 8%. Awesome!
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle an extra in a trade. Pours a golden body with a white head. Citrus pine and light spicy hop resins. A light caramel malt body finishes bitter and slightly cloying.
thefle (168) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very solid ipa. strong ass hops right around where I like them. loved the psychadelic bottle. Not a particularly standout ipa but it is damn good
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a light golden amber with a nice head. The aroma was flowers, pine and hops. The flavor was floral, piney, citrus, grapefruit, hops and a nice smooth finish. Overall, an easy drinking IPA from Ithaca.
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: clear mid light amber with touch of gold, medium plus creamy head.
Nose: wonderful vegetable freshness of mango like hops. Old and well known formula but this nose does not get old. Yummy.
Flavor/Palate : Medium bodied with light stickiness. Soft medowy citrus fruity hop overdose. Hop head heaven. None of harshness, aromatic , refreshing herbal pleasure. So smooth and light that noted alcohol seemed so distant.
hopscotch (9228) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft… Clear, deep gold ale with a creamy, off-white head. Fantastic retention. Floral, earthy aromas of pine, dried flowers, grapefruit and toffee. Medium to full-bodied and a touch oily with feather-light carbonation. Hefty, toffee sweetness compliments earthy, piney bitterness. Lengthy bitter, dry finish.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Smokin Joe’s, Pittsburgh. Pours a clear orange color with a foamy white head. Hoppy tropical fruity/amarillo nose along with some yeasty fruity esters. Flavor has notes of grapefruit, pine and tropical fruit. Plenty of hop content/character but there was a touch too much malty sweetness in the finish. Full, round and creamy on the palate with moderate carbonation. Solid Stuff.