ChainGangGuy (4801) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a whitish, frothy head of acceptable size.
Smell: Pale, golden malts with a resinous hop scent, some light spice, and a vague suggestion of pithy citrus peels.
Taste: Relatively pale malted barley, a hint of dry, toasted grains, and a selfish, seedy whisper of golden syrup sweetness. Citrusy hops, some resinous pine, and just a small, telltale trace of a vegetal, weedy element that has you, at times, go "huh" and at other times, go "guh". Medium-high bitterness. A decidedly dry finish with that weedy hint still lurking around.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Yes, with some silken elements to the overall mouthfeel.
Overall: Pass. RDR-IPA is not entirely, totally undrinkable, but not nearly sufficient enough to compel one to drink it, either. And where was the rye? Laid off, perhaps. These are tough times, even for malt bill ingredients.
brokensail (16053) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 6, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A: The pour is pale gold in color with a huge white head and some sticky lacing.
S: I’d almost say this beer reeks of green apple. Not much in the way of pleasant hop aromas, but there is some grass and straw, maybe a few light floral notes. A touch of sweetness from cracker malts.
T: A few light fruit notes, but other wise we’re back to the green apple. Despite being sub-7%, there is some perceptible alcohol flavor. A touch of toasted malt, a little bit of citrus peel, and some green melon.
M: The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high.
O: Not sure what happened here, but I don’t like it.
SSSteve (4006) - - SEP 5, 2011
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
22oz bottle. pours the glass entirely full of foam. subsides into a hazy gold. nose is mostly hops of the orange citrus variety. flavor is very very unsweet. bitter as expected and the rye shows up like baking soda. light and dry. not something i would drink again.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
tasting on 8/20/11. light orange pour with thin white head. good citrus hop nose with spices and orange zest. medium body with sweet malts, citrus bitterness and bread. sweet, dry and bitter on the finish.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Total Wine, Durham. Boy is this a shitty label. Beer is better, not surprisingly, and it’s basically another solid but not spectacular offering from LD. Hazy gold pour seems a bit indistinct, but the medium fluffy body is pleasant enough. Very understated nose with faint fruit and dry hops, almost no detectable rye. Flavors are fairly crisp and dry for the most part, with just a hint of the rye. Average.
sgallant (49) - USA - AUG 17, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle... had a rye taste from the beginning but taste didn’t change over palate nor did it seem to change as the temperature warmed. Single noted flavor
anders37 (23005) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy aroma with piney hints. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter flavor with hints of grapefruit. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter finish.
alexanderj (3539) - Branson, Missouri, USA - AUG 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; poured a lighter than expected amber with a huge frothy head. Aroma of earth, citrus, yeast, funk and orange. Flavor was a bit mellower. Rye a bit noticeable. Not as hoppy as expected, but get some resin on the palate. Earthy and citrus. Good, not great.
ajd6c8 (70) - USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’ve been on a bit of a RyePA binge lately, so forgive me if this is a bit harsh. Everything about this beer is astringent. The carbonation is massive and twice I had to do the "oh s*#t dance" to the sink to catch the overflow. Smells like rye, lemon zest and booze. Very medicinal. It may be only 62 IBU but the severely out of balance rye and citrus acidity makes this beer a task to drink. I had higher hopes (it’s IPA Day after all).
dwyerpg (5635) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A strange milky aroma - no...like some tropical fruit, like tomate de arbol. This doesn’t taste that much like an IPA to me. More like a stringy ale. Okay, but not a repeat for me, and a bit overrated in my opinion.