Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Merritt Is. Throwdown. Deep dark orange color with a good slick-looking head. Citrusy herbal, grassy aroma. Soft, thick, oily palate. Poignantly hoppy, estery, and phenolic. Very nice.
hopscotch (9956) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... GIABMISGFAB... This beer rocks!... Cloudy golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Excellent retention. The earthy, fruity nose is bursting at the seams with tropical and fuzzy fruits. Full-bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Sweet, but balanced by juicy hop bitterness. Lengthy, bittersweet finish. Kudos to mcbackus for hosting the Spring Gansta Fling and Bling and for providing this beer!
hombrepalo (1920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle courtesy of Odeed.
Poured a dirty copper color, nice white head and some lacing. Aroma of fruits and hops. Taste of carmel and toffee with a bitter bite at the end and dry. Quiet enjoyable!
dchmela (2766) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Merritt Island Throwdown ’08: Bottle, courtesy Beershine/Oakes. Amber pour with a huge white head. Sour apple dry aroma. Fills your mouth up with carbonation. Dry bitter citrus hop taste with a hint of malt. Fiinishes dry.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Merritt Island Throwdown ’08: Bottle, courtesy Beershine/Oakes. Pours a dark copper color, with a foamy white head, and prominent sheets of lacing. Aromas of pungent hops pound the nose with grapefruit and sticks to the nostrils. Bitter and hoppy, the flavors have lots of grapefruit and citrus, and a noticeable alcohol warmth. Bitter bite balances it well with a malty finish. Enjoyable and drinkable.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazed copper color with an off-white head. Floral and citrus aroma that covers most of the sweet malt. Floral hops and caramel malt flavor. Citrus in the middle. Medium bodied.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by dickensonbeer. hazy amber beer, thin white head. Some berry and chewy sweetness. A soft fruity berriness. Lightly herbal and resiny. A soft citrus fruitiness. It’s nice but a bit non-descript.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from Irishboy. Mostly bright hops on the nose. Plenty of fruit zest, a touch of wine with a heavy bready malt backbone. Pours dark copper with a decent sized white head leaving so so lacing. Flavor had a lot of bready malt, heavy citrus zest bitterness and a touch of copper metalicness. Medium bodied. Bright hops on the finish. Not outstanding. Should be re named Slightly Better Than Average IPA.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared, thanks to dickinsonbeer. Orange pour. Aroma is citrusy, tropical hops, some pine and sweet malt. Flavor is bitter, citrus hops, and with a crisp water-like finish. A little different than some of the IPAs I have had recently, and that is a good thing.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark for an IPA, bordering on a burnt dark-orange to brown color and quite hazy. A foamy, snow white head settles to a thin blanket with a thick edge, leaving patchy lacing behind along the way. Aromas of malty caramel and nougat show slight buttery notes, while orange and grapefruit hops do their best to keep up. The flavor is again malt dominant, wit the bitter citrus simply outmatched by the sweet malty contingent. There’s a bit of an alcohol bite here, which is unexpected at 7.5% ABV. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Decent brew, but nothing special.