dmac (4474) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from EZ. Pours a clear orange amber with a small frothy white head. Aroma of grass, nutts, citrus, fresh hops, English toffee and bread. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a slightly creamy full mouthfeel. Flavor of grain, nutts, citrus rind, crust and fresh hops. Good stuff for a slightly different take on an IPA.
bhensonb (11977) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Malt & Vine. Pours amber gold with a slight white head. Aroma suggests celery? Medium body with mild carbonation. Flavor is astringent and weird. It seems thinnish and herby. And malty. However, whatever this is comes together fairly well. It is tasty, but it’s difficult to sort out the flavors. Definitely a bitter finish. Goes pretty astringent. Almost puckering. Whatever it is, it’s good. But pretty different.
dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled crystal clear yellow with foamy white head, balanced floral hops with sweet bready malt aroma, big hop flavor up front with toasted malt followed by nice presence of hop bitters, light/med body with medium carb and residual hops on palate
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear golden yellow with rising bubbles and a rapidly disappearing off-white head. Dough, yeast, floral, and sugar in the aroma. Lively, bubbly palate. Tastes quite different from the standard west coast IPA, which is why I think I like it. More of a spicy and floral profile rather than the extreme grapefruit finish, although there is a slight citrus linger.
travita (4302) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to angrypirate. The look is clear, golden in color, and has a white colored head. The smell is fruits, sweet, candy like, and yeast. The taste is some hops, bitterness, sweet, and fruits.
Tmoney99 (11545) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured a clear copper color with an average white head that lasted and produced fair lacing. Medium citrus and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium metallic bitter hop flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration. My expectations where not met.
Damico (2786) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I really don’t enjoy British IPAs too much. The aroma is vague, slightly sweet malty and wheaty. The color is honey with a very small head. The flavor is crisp, falls short with that clean hop bitterness typical of the British IPA.
gutowski (3) - USA - MAY 5, 2010 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I don’t have a lot of experience with English pale ales, so here goes. Color is dark clear gold with a white head that dissipates quickly. Taste is medium bitter on the front end, then a hint of pineapple?? toward the back of the tongue. Maybe pine. Body is light to medium; carbonation is has a nice bite; finish is bitter. I tend to like bitter beers more than sweet, so this one isn’t bad. Overall, I’d rate this beer pretty good, but I think I’d rather load up my fridge with other varieties. Also, cool label.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear copperish color with a medium white head. Aroma of caramel, bread, grapefruit, and flowers. Malty flavor with hints of caramel, pine, and bread with a medium finish. Not a bad brew but nothing outstanding.
WabashMan (1016) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
While not the depth or variety of flavors necessary to be a truly exceptional IPA, this was a tasty and enjoyable offering from Left Hand. Of particular note was the appearance of the beer, which had a bright orange, less-coppery-than-usual color, complemented by a creamy, slightly off white head.