GT2 (9410) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Graziellie’s. Pours is dirty, clear blonde, sickly urine color with a
rocky, medium thickness white head. Sheety lace. Fairly dank fruity
hop nose. Odd characters come out like jackfruit and tropical melons- maybe not super fresh and bright but certainly there is some Nelson Sauvin character. Taste is super bitter: big pine, melon rinds, massive sweet melons, something odd and meaty like durian. Very dry and almost buttery to near chalky on the palate. Bitter melon rinds. Coating mouthfeel. Prickly carbonation. As I drink this more I simply do not like it. The palate is just so soapy, buttery, coating, and harsh with carbonation. The hops are adding astringency and not really much fresh fruit and balance.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Hazy golden pour. Thick, pillowy sticky head. The nose is quite piny and resinous with a touch of light citrus. Very bright sticky hop nose. Tooth-coating hop oils and a nice sticky hop character. Really quite fresh. The malts are definitely here but they don’t really interfere with the hops at all. As it warms up the hops fade a little bit leaving a more juicy orange-citrus from behind the bright pine resin. Nice, solid well-crafted IPA
rosenbergh (8694) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the Mugs Ale House, Brooklyn, NY.
Hazy yellow golden colour with small white head.
Malty grainy aroma with citrusy hops and mild bitterness.
Flavour is grainy malty and dry hoppy. Bitter fruity aftertaste. Not bad.
blipp (7095) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours orange with a white head. Resinous hoppy aroma with some fruity citric notes and sweet malts. Hoppy flavor, floral and fruity citric notes, with some light malty sweetness. Solid bitter finish.
jredmond (6389) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at RnH with Linh. Pours an amber body with light white lacing. Aroma is citrus and hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat astringent with bitter notes of citrus, hops, and some artificial cleaner.
ben4321 (4840) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: On tap at RnH, 3/22/10
Aroma: The aroma is lots of pine/resin, with a nice hop feel
Appearance: Pours an orange color with a white head
Flavor: Taste is resiny as well, mild sweetness, medium bitter
Palate: It has a nice mouthfeel and a medium body
Overall, this beer is pretty nice. This is my first Kelso beer, though I have had a bunch of the Heartland stuff, and I now see they are related through Greenpoint. Anyway, I liked this beer, a very solid IPA.
ClarkVV (4353) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught at Sweet Grass Grill, 12/27/15
Looks a lot like the pint pictured. Especially the haziness and lack of head.
It was interesting to try this after having the Shuggie Soulbender, since they are both NSauvin-hopped IPAs around the same abv and from the same region.
This one fared much worse, however, having far less aromatics and being bogged down in the flavor by too much bitterness and some sugary, underfermented malt notes. Had to choke down the last third of the beer, as it’s just too unbalanced and quite monotonous in the flavor; lime zest, bitter orange and apple-like bittersweetness.
mansquito (4211) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Saloon (?) tap ($6): Pours an amber color with white head. Pine, pine, and more pine. Taste is similar to aroma. Got the pine and citrus, with minimal malts. Reminds me of Greenpoint’s Heartland Indiana Pale Ale, which I tried once. One would think they are the same beer although they apparently have different alcohol levels. In any case, not my thing, just too piny and tastes like medicine or something like that.
beerbill (3574) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught. Pours a hazy gold with a moderate white head. Pleasant aroma of grapefruit with some pine notes as well. The flavor is light malt with a solid dose of grapefruit and just a little bit of pine. Moderate-strong bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied. No problems.
tgncc (3020) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is floral, dank, earthy, caramel. The appearance is orange/gold, white head. the flavor is earthy, floral, caramel. The finish is resin, hops, enduring. Medium in body. Not bad.