decaturstevo (4624) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper with watery white head and lace. Bread, sweet malt, and a hint of abv. Honey, nice sweet malt and a very nice bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation.
dcschiller (2200) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bottle). Pours clear pale copper with 1 finger white head. Nice carbonation and nice lacing developing. Aroma of grassy, cereals, corn. Not getting the IPA aspect. Bitter and slightly metallic with sweetness emerging. Light bodied with oily texture. Finish is bitter and alcohol is becoming more noticeable. I suppose this is a nice experiment in bending beer styles.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from the Hope Valley Bottle Shop, Durham. Solid looking pour, a clear amber with not as much carbonation as hoped or expected. Nose is fairly understated, coming off like a dry IPA with a dearth of personality. Medium and slightly too slick mouthfeel, tends to accentuate how underwhelming the body is. Dry hops and some sweet malts to taste, and - oddly enough, given the ABV - a slight warming sensation. Maybe the too-kitschy style designation demanded the anonymity? Either way, it’s definitely the lesser of the Collabs so far.
sebletitje (6234) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Imperial Pils ou IPA? 3ième dans la série des collaborations entre Left Hand et Terrapin.
Bouteille, couleur cuivre, mousse blanche.
Arôme à définitivement un aspect allemand de par sa levure et les ingrédients. Une fine couche de malt avec un ton grillé avec une tonalité d’herbe. Je note bien l’effort de mélanger les deux cultures, mais cette approche allemande n’est pas franchement mon style de bière préféré.
Goût, je ressens très peu l’aspect houblon qui tend à faire de cette bière une IPA. Par contre les éléments de style allemand sont bien la dans un style qui se démarque plus vers le style pilsner. On y ressent en arrière qcq notes de houblons. Le palais est sec, herbe avec un fini malt, grillé et léger en caramel.
En se réchauffant, le houblon montre le bout de son nez tout en se mélangeant bien avec ce côté allemand; alternant amertume de style pilsner et amertume du houblon.
rajendra82 (932) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The tawny colored body was crystal clear, and formed a one finger thick head, while looking very invitingly bubbly. The smell was very hoppy, with the spicy aroma of noble hops predominating, and was followed by a whiff of caramel from the malt. The taste was a cross between a Maibock and a Festbier, as the caramel flavoring of the malt mingled with a spicy hop dryness. Crisp and toasty like a lager should be. A bit on the watery side compared to a proper IPA, but I suppose that this was a result of the cleanup done by the bottom dwelling yeast. The alcohol content did not feel anywhere near 7.2%, and the beer went down very easy. I liked this beer a lot more than I though I would. Quite different than the other Imperial Pilsners I’ve tasted, and a lot closer to the original inspiration.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle… Clear amber lager with a mid-sized, fluffy, white head. Excellent retention. The aroma reeks of way too many spicy, musky, resiny and peppery German hops. There’s also mild biscuit and medium-roast malt thrown into the aromatic mix, but overall there’s just way too much lupulin here from a hop growing region that I don’t particularly care for. Medium to full-bodied with kicked-back carbonation. The flavor is all about the hops. As previously mentioned, they aren’t my favorite varietals, but they certainly are intense. Even at room temperature, the sweetness is very low and my palate is bombarded by sharp, tannic, walnut skin bitterness. Finishes astringent, bitter and dry.
obguthr (3389) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Grassy malt nose with honey accents. Clear copper, thin cream colored head, good lacing. Very tinny, but also flavorful. Floral and grassy, with marigold discernible.Finishes piney. Medium body, but easily drinkable.
MrBunn (2374) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. So the label is one of my favorite new ones in quite some time. That said, I found the beer to be a pretty big letdown. Kind of a headless organ thing with not much going on in terms of aroma. Maybe a little pine-scented cleaner is about it. Flavor isn’t much better. It’s an abrasive mix of lager malt and hops with rubbing alcohol and some pine/lemon hops that funk up the finish. I was hoping for something unique and got it. It’s just to bad it wasn’t something that I liked.
Butters (3665) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber all to myself. Pours a B-E-A-utiful bright amber body with brilliant clarity and sustainable khaki head with good sand-storm lacing. The aroma is a very interesting blend of grassy floral hops and caramels, it actually comes off with a distinct note of canned lemon tea like that of the Nestea variety. Flavor decidedly more bitter hops and biscuity malt. Lingering earthy bitter finish. Honestly, I expected more, as the last collaboration was phenominal. But this one just doesn’t really do it for me. Possibly one of the best labels I’ve ever seen on a beer gives this an extra point in my book.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: Draft at Fireworks.
Aroma: The nose is... subdued. There is a bit of papery hops but not much else.
Appearance: It pours a light amber color with a small, foamy, off-white head.
Taste: The flavor is somewhat unique. There is sweet malt and a touch of butter upfront, but the hops come in abruptly with notes of grass and resin. The bitterness really hangs around. There is a very faint caramel note in there too.
Palate: Medium bodied with average carbonation leading to a long, acridic finish. It’s a bit harsh at the end.
Overall: I like the start, but the finish is a little on the rough side. Another example of a category that is very unforgiving of any flaws.