Ibrew2or3 (7498) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear copper with white head and decent lacing. The aroma is full with a load of grapefruit hops backed up by sweet malts, caramelized malts and mildly bready. The flavor begins with a quick burst of sweet malts that only lasts a moment before grapefruit hop bitterness overwhelms the palate with pure hop bitterness. Soon the roasty and mildly caramel malts return but are the turned back and out numbered by the grapefruit hop bitterness. Solid no nonsense IPA.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Thanks Dave! New state rating also. Reddish/rust amber colored body with a small off white head. Leaves a layer of sudsy bubbles and minimal lacing. Nose is terrific - spicy citrus hops, grapefruit, lemons, pine cones, sweet caramel malts. Fore is caramel malt, tons of juicy hops, citrus, pine, grapefruit. Tastes really good also. Medium bodied, semi oily palate but not as much as some IPAs. Bitter finish, backed up by sweet malts. Really good IPA.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint at Moon Time on my visit to CdA. Solid example of an American IPA. Not in your face by any means, but defined by balance and a fair amount of bittering hops and flavor. Many earthy characteristics, with a slight grapefruit zing hiding in the finish. This met my expectations and fulfilled my mid-afternoon hop craving. Cheers to my first Laughing Dog brew!
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle: Clear amber pour with a sturdy cap. The aroma is fantastic. An initial wave of c-hops rises from the glass, followed closely by loads of honey, caramel and butterscotch. Very sweet and seductive. A nice rindy bitterness hangs over the caramel-laden body. Notes of sweet bread, toffee and white sugar are balanced by bitter orange and grapefruit. The extreme balance is hard to find in the style - nicely done.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Source: Brewfest, GABF
clear dark gold, frothy beige head,
big citrus hop aroma on sweet crystal malt,
lots of sweet crystal malt to provide a base for the liquid hops, light balancing bitterness,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by boboski: Transparent copper orange with a thin ring of wispy white head. Aroma of slightly soapy grapefruity hops with a touch of pale malt. Body has a mild sweetness with a lot of earthy bittering hops toward a grapefruity drier crisp bittersweet finish.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bittercreek Alehouse in Boise. Slightly cloudy copper-orange with a thin soapy white head. Little bit of an alcoholic floral grapefruit hop aroma with some sweetness. Finish had a fresh grapefruity taste, but was subdued overall and never really let loose on my taste buds. Decent hop start, but never really followed through.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2007 Bottle from Bottleworks in Seattle, WA. Pours a clear amber with a retentive off white head. Aroma of carmel malts, lots fruity esters, and floral hops. Medium bodied with medium-soft carbonation and British texture. Initial flavor of caramel and toffee malt flavors, somewhat British in character. Very subtle and muted hop bitterness mid palate, with some citrus notes. Finish is semi-dry and herbal with some hints of tea, as well as some slight odd sourness. This makes me think of Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a clear amber color with a decent off-white head. The aroma let me down after reading some ratings and picking this beer to drink over another. The hops I get are very muted and covered by a sweet and starting to age malt. The hops that linger in the background are citrusy but barely poke through. The flavor starts malty and has some mild hops finishing it out. Semi-dry finish with a light bitterness. Something tastes a little off.
jcr (2346) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This IPA presents a nice balance between its foward hop presence and its malty backbone, though I could see how some could complain about it being too sweet. Amber pour and a light white head. The aroma is citrusy, presenting notes of grapefruit and orange. Hints of pine and caramel. The flavor is moderately to heavily bitter and moderately sweet. Dry, bitter finish. Medium body, sticky texture, comfortable carbonation. Altogether a very nice IPA.