CanIHave4Beers (3568) - 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 (4113) - 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 (2489) - 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 (5096) - 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.
Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle tasting at work earlier this week with Dan (upay4whatuget). Ooo... you’re right LH, this one isn’t for everyone yet. My very first reaction and comment - SKUNKY. This was bottled 4/8/10 and was kept in good conditions at my store... not sure what else to say. Didn’t leave a great impression, sorry LH. :-(
r464 (2044) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark gold color. White head. Light aroma of hops. A very light flavor that is hoppy and crisp with a distinct bitterness. Not a full-bodied as most IPAs -- much more crisp and quenching.
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
IPA with a good aroma and flavor. Amber in color clear with a thin head. Liked the malt and hops balance. Hops seem to come through with good power to make this a good IPA.
GJF (1365) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy orange. Semi-sweet aroma. It’s a fairly straightforward IPA with the exception of the slighty bready malt flavor--definitely more reminiscent of an English IPA. I’m generally a bigger fan of American IPA’s but this one does a pretty good job with a British style.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is slightly hazed bright golden orange with a thin off white head that stuck to the glass well...smell is lightly toasty with some light hints of resin and grapefruit...taste is nicely balanced between some toasted bread and light bitterness...sadly there is a hint of cardboard in there too...this could have been a really solid IPA.