HonkeyBra (3674) - 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, it’s 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 (2136) - 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, doesn’t 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 (9156) - 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 Lizard’s 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.
nuplastikk (4952) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Filtered light orange-yellow. Thin, oily off-white head. Dry, bitter, with an English finings taste. Some butterscotch malt tastes, but not in an off-way. Soapy and bitter, lemony. Pretty nice, rather new-school approach in that it goes for big hop taste without the stickyness. I foresee a new beer frontier....DryPA.
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear golden orange with a thick fluffy white head. grassy, herbal hop aroma. slightly sweet taste with decent hop bitterness and piney hop flavor.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the bottle from Beertopia. Pours a dark amber-gold with a large frothy white head in my fluted pilsner glass. Really nice floral hop aroma evoking tea leaves. The malt toffee perfectly blends with a mild hop bitterness that is less grapefruit citrus and more fruity. This is really good and not at all the disappointment that Mike the Beertopia dude claimed that it would be. I’d like to think that this is what Ballentine IPA might have tasted like back in the day.
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 27, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber colored brew with a thin slightly off white head. A strong grapefruit nose with some notes of fresh cut wood. There is also a little bit of musty old fishing tackle box, that smell of gel based lures that have seen a lot of heat. The taste is fairly strong with the grapefruit, but it is not even slightly sweet. A strong note of black tea follows the grapefruit along with hints of walnuts. A decent brew that finishes fairly dry and leaves me wanting some more sweetness or a little more hops. Just falls short.
hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not much to say about this. Unremarkable, but very drinkable. Not quite hoppy enough. It built up its stock a bit when I realized it’s 7%abv, the alcohol is very well masked. OK, not great.
Fratto (2803) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from the Central Market in Fort Worth. Pours a light orange with a white head. Aroma is fruit, caramel, and a little pine hops. Taste is dry, bitter, slightly fruity, and a little sour.