thome50 (751) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Ernesto. Pours a hazy light orange with a modest white head. Aroma is a little off. Some pepper and almost smoke and ash. Maybe some nuts. Taste is hoppy at the front with a medium mouthfeel that by the end has a lot of the heat from the beer. Haven’t had many hot beers like this. Overall, interesting but having just had a Pizza Port Imperial Pale Lager last week this one just doesn’t stand up to it from a hop perspective.
madvike (2373) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Publick House - Pours hazy amber with a foamy white head. Nose is pungent hops--tropical fruit, grass, pine--with a grainy, lightly yeast malt base. Taste is more on the grass/pine side of things, wiht a bit of doughy yeastiness and more graininess. Medium and smoothly carbonated. Good but not great.
pete4999 (923) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a nice golden color. Smell is very subdued with a little bit of floral aroma. Taste is similar - very light and the high ABV content is well-hidden. Overall I would’ve liked a little more bite from it.
Homer321 (535) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle thanks to forcabrew. Pours a slightly hazy deep gold color. very large white head. nose is moderate berry like fruitiness. taste is initially bitter and clean. late in the finish the hop flavor kicks in and is interesting. Not sure about the south of the equator hops. enjoyable. no sign of alcohol. maybe a touch of sulfur. good. not great.
ROBC3366 (197) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a golden yellow with a medium white head. Smells of grapefruit and grass. Tastes of citrus and herbs and finishes with a fresh sharp hoppiness
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ontbeermaker (2149) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours a bright yellow, aroma is citrusy and taste is very citrusy a nice fruity ipa taste, not what you would expect from a lager. Overall pretty tasty
umich03jm (1305) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle thanks to WillRunForBeer. Pours a hazy gold color with a huge, rocky head that fades slowly and never completely goes away. Aroma is fairly intense, fresh cut grass, flowers, tropical fruit, grape skins, and kiwi. Taste is not a good as the aroma though. Ultra dry and very bitter. Kinda like chewing on flowers and fruit skins. Very foamy carbonation too. Definitely well made beer but I never really seem to enjoy the New Zealand hops ever. Just like this beer, I always love their aroma but not the taste.
brystmar (971) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light straw color, plenty of white head and lace. Piney, earthy, spicy hops are a bit sharp. Dry as bone, finishes with a kiss of caramel. Well made, despite being not exactly my style.
thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(500ml bottle) cloudy medium gold, soapy white bubbles. Nose is very tropical, sweet citrus zest, lemon, orange pulp, guava. Taste of pine, umami, super dry, linger not my favorite, earthy.
Experiment_Ale (375) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Thomas. Pours Oliver clear orange Witt light lacing aroma is thin, clean rye, earthy dirt hops. Taste is very earthy dirty, hay, meaty.
davey101 (562) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy amber peach color which is uncharacteristic of Jack’s usual crystal clear lagers. Two fingers of stubborn off-white foam with a dollop of snow-white foam which forms on top as it settles down. Crazy lacing. This beer looks amazing. Aroma is pretty potent with heavy notes of New Zealand hops. Cantaloupe, mango, papaya, and a dank resinous finish with some fusel heat. The taste follows with bright and juicy mango and melons which fade into dank grass and grains in the aftertaste. A bit too boozy and bitter. Comes off a bit harsh as opposed to Jack’s usual crisp and clean lagers. This beer really does feel like it’s let go of it’s "lager’ness". As much as I love the New Zealand hop varietals, this beer just seems to dilute what makes these IPL’s so amazing. Still damn tasty, but not as drinkable and clean as the rest of their lineup.