Sammer (1118) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Golden pour from bottle. Pepper and spices on the nose. Fairly weak hop taste. Average stuff from the otherwise solid Left Hand Brewing Company.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour is a clear gold color with a white, average, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves sporadic lace. The nose is surprisingly malty with cookie, sweet biscuits, light grapefruit, light floral, and some spice. The flavor is still as malty as hoppy; sweet biscuits are prominent, some floral and spice, faint grass, and some grapefruit. The palate is light to medium, soft to lively, and smooth but watery texture. The finish is still sweet with cookie, sweet biscuit, grapefruit, and light spice. A very malty IPA which leads me to think it could be classified differently but nevertheless, a simple beer with a good bitterness and a drinkable nature. Nothing great about this one but still a drinkable beer with no unpleasant notes.
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Obtained 6-pack from Whole Foods Albuquerque, bottled on 02.03.10, tasted on 03.11.10. If this had been marketed as simply an IPA, then I might be disappointed, but the key words "English style" told me what to expect. This is a well-balanced brew with delicious malted barley and wheat blending nicely with Old World hops flavors. Grassy and woodsy tones dominate, and a clean finish encourages me to drink at a steady pace. The 7% alcohol is barely noticed. Fans of assertive ESBs might enjoy this more than fans of American IPAs. Also the label has excellent artwork.
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is interesting with grassy hops, dry hay, phenols, esters, malt, doughy yeast, and fruit. The appearance is pale gold with a foamy head. The taste is bitter and malty but strange. The palate is average. Overall this is interesting but that’s all.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh bottle. Pours a crystal clear medium golden hue, with a small but lasting blanket of bubbly, cream colored froth. Thin, sticky bands of jagged lace cling hard to the glass, coating it well. The nose is straightforward and simple, but clean, showing a base of toasted bread and lightly sweet biscuit. Subdued hops are of the peppery, floral variety, with just a touch of grass. Flavors are masterfully balanced, again showing restraint in both the sweetness levels of the toasty, bready malt, and the bitterness levels of the grassy, peppery wildflower hops. It’s just even keeled, smooth, and crisp throughout. The palate shows substantial weight for a brew of this nature, with moderate carbonation and a lingering, bitter, resinous finish. I’m generally not a big fan of English style IPAs, but this one struck a chord with me. Dangerous at 7%, because it drinks like a session brew. Good stuff.
milewide (2073) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clearly an English IPA with modest hop bitterness, and some hop varieties that I can’t identify. Medium body, and light head.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-amber pour with a nice head. Nice malt and floral hops. A good everyday IPA.
alexanderj (3542) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; poured a rich orange/caramel color with not much head. Aroma of earth, citrus, pine, caramel and bread/sugar/yeast. Really have to dive your nose into it. Flavor was more English in style to me, than what I expected. Hops reminded me of thos produced in the Pacific NW. Fruity and earthy. Solidly hopped. Backbone was pretty mild. Overall I am not sure what to make of this; some very enjoyable moments, but also some that are underwhelming. I guess on the whole it was good to really good.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine. Pours dark golden, almost orange. Small white head. Nose of British hops and mild grains. Hint of baby powder. Tastes more hoppy and sweet. Seems closer to 6% abv. Not bad, but nothing for me to get excited about.
uilliacc (20) - Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
According to the BOD this beer is a month old.... Bottle pour, pint glass-- easy-pour head from the 12OZ bottle just crested the pint glass and subsided to a rocky - white pumice stone head with no overflow. 1/4th inch head stays with it to the bottom. Old gold with a pretty rain of bubbles heading to the top... lots of lace. Bubbles still in steady release an inch from the bottom. A good looking beer. Clean aroma, spring time wind around Two-Rock Ca., Grassy, sea breeze filltered over 3 miles of meadow. Nice, wish it was stronger, more obvious. Tastes kind of like kent goldings smells... maybe willamette... not overpowering. Sometimes I like big hops, sometimes I like good hops. This is good hops. I like this... didn’t expect to, but I do. Best analogy I can give, is that in good cooking while a touch of garlic can make a dish pleasant, three heads of garlic will make you remember the garlic... this beer uses the hops to make good cooking... I think this beer makes my session list-- I hope left-hand can keep it consistent...