jgb9348 (4438) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great hazy orange/copper coloured body with a perfect sized (2 centimetres) tan fluffy head - this one looks perfect, and a bit light than most other Rye beers, and very nice for an IPA. Aroma of fresh grapefruits and pineapple - super strong. Some piney hops and a small touch of rye is in there, but the smell is nice and making my mouth water. Medium-bodied; Sharp resiny and floral hop flavour with a bit of pine noticeable and a rather short taste up front followed by a touch of rye and a bunch of pineapple and passionfruit. Thin aftertaste with hops coming out the most and a touch of malt, some light bitterness and a bunch of the tropical fruits. Overall, a great smell and look, but the taste is somewhat one-sided and thin compared to what i’d expect from the style. Still, a nice beer and I’m glad I tried it! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick, Maryland on 29-July-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 30-August-2010.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear orange with a white head. Aroma, citrus and sanitizer, some light pale malty notes. Flavor, sweet malts, some bready notes, citrus hops, slight grapefruit, oranges. Finishes with a nice bitterness, slightly sweet on the finish.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear deep golden bronze with a stringy-lacing froth of off-white head. Aroma of lightly sweet toasty pale malt and a touch of spicy rye with some grapefruity and grassy hop notes. Starts with a light malty sweetness and some toasty rye notes with decent hop bitterness before a lightly herbal, grassy bittersweet finish. A pretty unique and drinkable IPA.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour is cloudy but bright orange with two fingers of thick white head. Nose is hops, floral bouquet, and citrus. Taste is a flowery, bitter grapefruit twist. It starts with rye and flowers, and then quickly is joined by a blast of bitter grapefruit that lasts through the finish. Not the worst brew I’ve tried, but the flower grapefruit just didn’t work for me with this beer.
Braudog (5459) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Beautiful pour -- thickly topped with an airy head, this golden-orange beer has a nice visual appeal. The aroma is full of rich, rosy citrus. This drinks with a wicked grapefruit kick, with a gristy, grainy undertow. This is damn good. Woof! (#3961, 8/6/2010)
BrewDad (4601) - Olympia, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint – Eastside Tavern Club - Olympia, WA
Aroma – Decent amount of rye malt in the nose with a good use of hops fruity and floral.
Appearance – Amber Gold in color, clear, with a thin head.
Flavor – Crisp Rye malt flavor with lots of floral and fruity hops in the flavor.
Palate – Dry finish with a Good IPA Mouthfeel.
Overall – Very tasty IPA for me.
OldMrCrow (1699) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Some of the worst label art in the business. Light-ish pour, big foamy head. Restrained nose, rye and modest hops for an IPA. Malts take a back seat with some rye hints, decent if laid-back hop flavors, mildly astringent, slightly buttery. This would be a nice find in a local brewpub but doesn’t rise about that level.
Foxbush (1198) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 This is quite the find. I purchased a growler at the Whole Foods in Richmond, Va. The Rocket Dog IPA was good from the start. The smooth medium bodied ale was full of hops flavors citrus and spruce. The finish was smooth and just a hint of bitterness. The ale poured a burnish gold with lacing and about 1/2 inch head. Excellent choice. Whole foods is offering various craft beers by the glass or growler. Had another at the Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg, VA. A 12 oz glass poured a pale amber with small head and lacing. This time the grapefruit flavor were more dominant. .
after4ever (5856) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a slightly hazy burnished dark gold with a dense and fluffy dun-colored head that really sticks around and around and around. Crisp and somewhat spicy pine and rye nose, sharp and penetrating and smells refreshing. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toast, caramel, tangerines, grapefruit, and pine on the mid-palate. Very full-flavored, hop-forward, tasty and refreshing IPA.
bhensonb (10203) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours medium amber with an off-white foamy head. Aroma of roasted malt and miscellaneous hops. And rye. Definitely. Medium body with creamy carbonation. The flavor is very rye. So much as to remind of toffee. It’s well balanced. Malt is strong, and the hop is too. Primarily citric I think. There’s lots of flavor in this. And lots of rye. Nice variation on the style.