HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of jbye4334. Poured a clear, light golden color with a large, lasting, soapy white head. Very good looking beer. Toasted grain and floral hops drive the nose, light spice note is also present. Medium body with a crisp mouth feel and lively carbonation. Flavor is toasted biscuity malt with really earthy hops which provide note of pine, grass, herbs, and flowers. Light notes of caramel and bread are there as is a astringent aspirin like bitterness which I do not care for. Finishes with more of this aspirin or bile like bitterness. meh...
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
First off, iím truly shocked at the number of people who get tunnel vision when it comes to IPAís for some reason. Apparently if it doesnít decimate your tongue, or rip the enamel from your teeth, people donít feel that itís a "good" IPA. Being an American, i blame it on our aggressive lifestyle and inability to deviate from whatís trendy and popular. Well iím gonna climb off my soapbox now and get down to the real deal. Bottle pours orange with a fair size off white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma shows biscuit, butterscotch, orange peel, tea leaves, wood, pine, and some nice florals. Flavor shows all the same, and more. I only had 1 bottle of this at the time and I would like to sit down with at least several more to fully appreciate whatís in there. Overall it starts lightly sweet, and finishes dry and light to moderately bitter. Bravo, itís nice to see an IPA that isnít just citrus, caramel, and pine.
BBB63 (6038) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in Imperial pint glass: Crystal clean golden hue topped by a lovely fluffy white head which left sheets of lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of grassy, herbal, floral and slight spicy classic British hops, Maris Otter or Golden Promise malt it appears, touch of honey, and some light fruity and hard Burton mineral water vapours. The taste does not hide the moderate English bitterness either and when combined with the minerals and malt profile makes this a wonderful olde world IPA, not overly fruity, spicy or resiny. The mouth feel is a tad too lively IMO but hardly much of a concern unless on tap, very dry bony finish. I happen to like this quite a lot, I nice attempt on a style that is often boring or bland when attempted by American brewers. I like how it appears that Left Hand modified the water to make this truer to the expected style.
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz, bottled 02/03/10, courtesy of angrypirate06) Pours a clear golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of caramel, bread, florals, grapefruit, and herbs. Flavor of herbs, caramel malt, pine, and grass with a bitter finish.
Elwood (3168) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Fireworks.
It pours a deep gold color with a sizeable foamy white head. The nose is decidedly fruity with notes of perhaps English malt. The taste is hard to figure out. Pale malts, a bit of eraser, burnt plastic (but not in a bad way if that makes any sense). Floral and fruit notes are there, but I am not sure I would consider this an IPA. Perhaps my bottle has a bit too much age on it. The random mix of flavors doesnít necessarily play together well either. Medium body with medium carbonation and a medium, odd finish. I would say skip this one but I will seek out another, fresher bottle to rerate.
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber pour with a white head. Aroma of hops and sweet malt. Taste is sweet malt, the hops are well-balanced with everything. Very tasty. Mild carbonation.-goes down easy. I am not on ethat knows specific styles- I am one that likes a beer regardless of whatever. I like this beer. Well done.
HonkeyBra (3372) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2010 Deep orange pour with sparse head. Doughy aroma with powdered sugar sweetness, noticeable leafy bitterness. Nice, leafy, weedy hop flavor with caramel and toffee malt. A bit of spiciness. Basically, itís a well-balanced IPA. Some resiny bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with an almost creamy mouthfeel. A lot of carbonation. Almost no apparent alcohol. Finishes long and bitter.
fidelis83 (1953) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 1, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber with a 1 finger chunky off white head that has great retention and leaves very nice lacing. Aroma is light caramel, biscuit, citrus, English-y (fuggles?) hops, a little sulpher and some herbal notes. Flavor is loaded with biscuit, some caramel, light citrus, dried grass, straw, toffee and a light hop bitterness to finish with a toasty fade. Palate is light to medium bodied with a moderate, though a bit overly sharp carbonation, a little slick on entry and somewhat dry to the finish. Not a bad take on the English-y style of IPA, but I might be able to mistake it for a regular pale ale. Could definitely use some work on the aroma and palate too.
HopBurp (74) - Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting style. Not what I was expecting when I read IPA on the bottle, but a nice surprise. The malt really comes through, English style prevalent. Find notes of sweet malt, sugary hop bite, doesnít leave a bitter after taste at all for me. Weak aroma. Appearance of a lighter pilsner style. Not my favorite, but a nice drink that I could most def session.
Dogbrick (8139) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask version at Winking Lizardís 2nd Annual Real Ale Fest (03/27/10): The beer is a dark golden color with a medium thin white head that evaporates quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Malt, pine and citrusy hops in the nose. Medium body with a citrusy character and flavors of piney hops and malt. The finish is malty with a citrus aftertaste. Decent overall.