Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Second disappointment from Lancaster tonight. I like hoppy beers, but this left me unsatisfied with brief and underwhelming flavor.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reviewed 12/09/2012. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a reddish copper color with middling clarity. Nice head on this one, a two finger light mocha shade with good retention and texture. Lacing is merely decent.
S: Wow this is fruity. Dark fruits lead the charge followed by caramel, toffee, marzipan, and hazelnut. Almost no hops to be found here - this IS an IPA we’re talking about here, right?
T: This seems to be a rather sweet concoction, with a lot of toasted caramel maltiness and a fruity undercurrent. To find the hops, one has to REALLY concentrate to find a very light piny finish - but holy hell, the hops are really put on the backburner here. It’s right on the edge of being overly sweet, too. A decent enough strong ale, but I have to take off a few points for failing as an IPA.
M: A little dense in terms of body - since it’s so malty, that’s fairly easy for me to forgive. One of the few ways I can detect this brew’s hop profile is through its finishing astringency. On the plus side, it provides enough dryness to slightly subdue some of the rampant sweetness. Carbonation fits the flavor profile well enough by being fairly low.
O: If Lancaster had called this an imperial amber ale, I would have forgiven its sweetness and nearly nonexistent hoppiness. But since it’s an IPA, it’s lucky to get average marks nearly across the board. Good to try, but I won’t revisit.
LetsGoState (581) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is a sweet yet earthy hop. Taste is a little weaker for an IPA, but still has a nice flavor and bitterness. Overall pretty well balanced.
ellolovey (453) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. Pours a dark caramel color with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma of citrus, caramel, and banana. Citrus and pine hops dominate flavor. Has a nice sweet caramel malt backbone. Nicely balanced. Not too hoppy not too sweet. Very thin and a bit oily. Light and refreshing. Slightly bitter finish
unclemattie (4166) - Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Copper color. Creamy head, beige. Citrus & pine hops aroma. Scent of caramel malt in background. Some banana. Sweet malts, caramel, toasted grains. Followed up with a sharp hop bitterness. Crisp, loads of hops. Nice floral, citrus, earthy hop characters. Toasted cereal and hop oil finish. Very well balanced. Stronger than most American IPAs.
Tinco (566) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pors kind of dark orange with a small off white head. Taste is very malty with a hint of dank hops in there. Not a very good offering.
ausomeawestin (151) - Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a beautiful deep mahogany, dark caramel color with huge off white head and lots of intricate lacing.
Aroma of floral hops and spruce.
Strong malt flavors at first, followed by shift to fruity apple and pear hops before finishing with a smoky wood flavor.
Palate is full but not sticky.
Overall a very deliciously complex IPA.
Voodoo (304) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a root beer color with a thin head. Malty with a touch of citrus in the nose. An English style IPA with a more pronounced hop taste in the finish. Very clean, not overly citrusy, very true to the style without going out of balance. Quite a nice IPA without excesses of anything.
berkshirejohn (4462) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle from Wegman’s, King of Prussia, PA. Reddish copper with a rim of translucent head; malty aroma with some orange fruit; oily in the mouth, with a small dose of resinous hops, and lots of obvious alcohol; before a warming finish with a dry, toasty aftertaste.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2012
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Thanks to Simon and Shannon. Copper color. Very bready. Touch of caramel. Flavor is toast and bread. Just a touch of hops.