JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Hope Valley Bottle Shop. Bright pour, pale orange and fizzy like Orangina. Aroma has some toasted malts in there along with a hint of what comes over like fruit extract, but it’s dominated by dry and lightly musky hops. Crisp and lively palate, certainly brings out the dry demi-sec qualities of the beer but there’s not a whole lot of depth or complexity to the flavors. Appreciate that LH is trying for a deviation from IPA convention here, but it was just okay.
glennmastrange (2114) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Light to moderate straw and roasted for the malt, moderate spruce for the hops, light sweat for the yeast and hints of pepper and paper. Head is small, frothy, white with an excellent thin coating of lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear amber. Flavor starts lightly sweet, acidic and bitter then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, oily, and has a soft carbonation. A good IPA with nice flavor, but a little thin on aroma.
mohnjyers (19) - Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Single bottle, Nice aroma and color. Taste is a letdown, doesn’t sit well on the tongue. Just an average Pale Ale. Would not buy again.
carboloader (648) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hobbit Cafe (at least at the moment, as their "seasonal IPA"). Whatever. When it arrived I took one whiff and asked if this was the right brew. It certainly didn’t smell like an IPA. It was transparent yellow-orange with a small white head. It tasted like a plain old pale ale (of the English variety at that) with bready, yeasty flavors instead of the typical fruity, grassy hop pucker. If anything, it seemed watery. And this was my first brew that evening, so it’s not like it was contaminated by a Stone Ruination beforehand. What I did notice with 4 gulps was the alcohol kick and the apparent alcohol favor. But it was still decidedly average. I would call it a British Pale Ale if it were me. It is in no way in the same league as typical West Coast IPAs. Not even close. Embarrassing, actually. They said it was supposed to be different. I guess they succeeded at that.
Palidor19 (2871) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
this is an average style of IPA but its the kind of average that makes one drinkable for many rounds. both the malts and hops are refreshing clear and crisp. bitterness is present but very mild in comparison
Ernest (6010) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot, grapefruit), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough), with a note of aspirin.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
A bit doughy and aspirin-like in the nose, but otherwise has a pleasant flowery and fruity hop aroma. A bit citric/sour for my tastes in the mouth, but reasonably well balanced. Pretty average overall.
sebletitje (6226) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours clear golden, white head.
Aroma of grassy hops, grainy nose with touch of wheat, hints of citrus.
Flavors, spicy hops, citrus. light malt with a touch of grassy hops, nice underlying roasted malt directly followed by bitter hops, grapefruit and citrus. Light grainy palate.
Left Hand’s IPA version of ESB?
BroSpud (1578) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a pale amber with a slight head. Although I love me an IPA this one came off somewhat sub-par. The taste somehow seemed a bit watered down. OK but certainly not great.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark yellow with a very frothy head. Aroma of honey and a bit of grass. Taste was surprisingly a bit harsh at first - and a smokey or spicy finish catches you off guard. The taste goes back to a resin or sap. As the beer went down, I got used to the different flavors running through it and "learned" to appreciate it. It’s one of those beers where you need to drink the full bottle or a six pack before I’d think you would begin to understand it. Unfortunately for this beer, I’m rating this one after only one bottle.
MeadMe (1206) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at mellow mushroom.
A: Pours an amber shade with a nice off white head. Nice retention and some lace.
S: Aromas of mostly of hops. Mostly floral but there are notes of citrus as well.
T: Flavor is mildly boozy for the style. Nice citrus with hints of more sweet pine. The herbal hops are there along with light hints of sweet candy malts that attempt to provide balance.
M: Medium in body, harsh hops in the middle with a mild lingering bitterness.