argo0 (11981) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
SAVOR, 12oz bottle. Small white head atop clear apple juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, orange/grapefruit, light bread/caramel. Light-medium body, some resin.
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2011 Draft at Magic City Brewfest. Rerating from a bottle. Pours an orangey golden with a medium-sized, very dense and soapy, off white head. Aroma is bread and caramel and citrusy, grassy hops. Flavor follows aroma. Starts malty; nice sweet, biscuity middle; finish starts with grassy, citrus hops and ends with a lot of bitterness. More out and out bitterness and less hop flavor than a typical American IPA.
Vir4030 (560) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2010
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Medium brown with no head, bitter aroma and flavor. Strong cloves. I didn’t like this beer.
Sammy (9350) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mondiale 2010. Bright yellow with a quarter inch of bubbly white head. Some lace. A little yeast in the aroma. Tad of above average mouthfeel. Decent drinking, I like the style that the hopping is not intended to overwhelm the palate.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle, sampled 2/19/10). Clear gold/light copper color. Medium off white head, which is mostly diminishing. Light grassy hop aroma. Moderate spicy/grassy hop flavor. Long duration. Moderate bitter finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.
CanIHave4Beers (3539) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear golden color with a very large very tight white head that leaves a bit of lace. Aroma is not particularly pungent, and certainly less so than is expected out of most IPAs. There is some caramel & biscuit toned malts are in there, some mango, some odd stinkiness, and some nice floral notes. This one is pretty damned bitter, which is a good thing but there isn’t a lot of flavor backing up that bitterness. There is some resiny and fruity hop character but really you kind of have to strain for it. The malt is one of the most defined things in the aroma. I generally like my IPAs on the bitter and dry side with very little malt character, there is little doubt that these descriptors fit the bill with this one but I’m dying for a little bit more hop character beyond bitterness. It’s got the grapefruit without the fruity character. With minor tweaking I think this might be wonderful, this is of course wishful thinking.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Left Hand. Clear gold with a small white head. Aroma of herbal hops and caramel malt. Flavors are about the same, some sweet malt and a medium hop bitterness. Finishes clean and bitter. This is a solid beer, different than most of the other American IPA’s out there and it hides the alcohol well.
mansquito (3998) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
American Beer Distro ($11): Pours a pale amber with a thick foamy white head that leaves moderate layer of lacing. Aroma of caramel notes and British hops... not all that powerful just from the nose. This IPA is more bitter and less hoppy than your run of the mill American IPA. It is a little bit like an amped up bitter I suppose.The hops have some straw flavor. There are some caramel malts. Leaves a minor aftertaste.
italianjohn (2449) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden orange pour light white head ... aroma of bready malts and a floral hops .... taste of sweet and bready malts and dry bitter hops that extends into the finish .... a great english IPA good change of pace from the usual IPA’s out there
jgb9348 (5022) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy golden coloured orange-tinted body with a light fast-dying white head. Aroma of alcohol, apricots, fresh hops, malt, sugar and a bit of yeast. Medium-bodied; Assertive fresh hops with apricots and malt tucked away and a large piney flavour. Aftertaste is bitter from the hops, but shows very well and a dry oaky flavour is all that remains. Overall, a nice beer - much desired compared to the typical imperial ipa offerings in large bottles! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 25-May-2010, sampled on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on 30-May-2010.