Lubiere (11951) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A golden amber ale with a thin creamy off white head. In aroma, a big malt bomb with some light floral hops. In mouth, a smooth caramel malt with nutty notes, grainy, British hops, medium bodied. Bottle at Mondiale 2010.
ExpendableHero (800) - Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Interesting take on the style. Golden beer, minimal head. The aromas are weaker than the typical IPA, still grassy and floral. The taste is spicy, tiny bit citric, hoppy(but less than most IPAs), and there is even a tiny hint of banana in my opinion. I can see why some people gave it lower ratings for an IPA, but the fact that it is so unlike an IPA works out fine for me. An interesting beer, I would not mind having it again.
Frank (3721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2010
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
From the commercial deScription, it sounds like left hand was trying to make something a bit different w/ 400 Pound Monkey and they sure did. This stuff kind of smells like cheese. What the hell? It would not be a bad smell for cheese but it is not anything like what I look for in an IPA. The otherwise hoppy nose tends more towards grassy and earthy which really aren’t may favorites either. This is not actively foul just really strange Flavor is more towards a hop leaning pale ale and is actually quite reasonable and nice all things considered. There are pleasant citrus notes around the edge complimented by a nice sweetness. The texture is decent as well, pretty middle of the road w/ its medium to light body and moderate carbonation. But, seriously, this smells kind of like cheese. How good could it be?
mixmasterob (1019) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2010 Bottle. Poured a clear light golden color. Head was minimal with some lace left on the glass. Aroma was of some muddled Amarillo hops. Quite subdued, nothing special. Taste was all over the place. Some hops mixed in with some bread like malts. Not the most balanced IPA I have tried. Needed some hop flavor, lacked the goodness. Ended up being a drain pour.
keepersj12 (3019) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not my favorite IPA. It has a little bit of aroma, all bitter hops. Pours nice enough, clear amber with a decent head. The flavor is all hops. No balance. to it. Finish is nice and dry as expected. A real hop head might think differently.
jkwood04 (5060) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at American Craft Beer Fest 2010. Pours golden amber. Aroma of hops, breadlike malt, and cheesy yeast. Flavor pretty much the same. A decent beer.
RPKLove (105) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Subtle citrus on the nose, definitely bread-like malts, not much in the way of hops. Amber in color, very transparent for an IPA, with a minimal white head. A little bitter at first, slightly metallic, not a whole lot of bite. More of a strong pale ale more than an IPA. Average IPA.
badlizard (5534) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark golden with a fluffy white head. Hop aroma of citrus, marijuana, and subtle pine. Taste is big and bready with notes of barley and oats and a decent hops presence. Pretty good.
Nuffield (3941) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The label is really awesome--I don’t think it is inconsequential when a brewer puts a little extra into their produce in that way. I prefer the softer IPA style; very much more like a British IPA. But like British bitters and IPAs there is a little that is grassy and uncomfortable about this. Some murkiness. Better with food.
derekbrown (106) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had a video review of this beer, along with the crazy label, but alas, Twiddeo didn’t capture my video correctly. Boo. You’ll have to take my word for it: it was good. Not overly hoppy like American-IPAs (it’s a traditional British IPA), slightly more bitter (a good thing), with some definitive straw and grass undertones (also a good thing). Would go great with anything spicy (Vindaloo, Szechuan). I don’t tend to gravitate towards IPAs, but if I do, I grab a traditional IPA…like this one. I also made some notes about it in the video review for Saison Dupont.