zizzybalubba (1503) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Newport News, VA (not sure of the exact bottling on this but it does say 16th Anniversary and it was stocked at the store on March 2, 2010). 7% ABV. Dark orange pour with a thick, creamy off-white head. Aroma is moderately hoppy with notes of floral hops and some caramel malt sweetness. The flavor has a good amount of piney hop bitterness but is certainly balanced with a fair helping of malt (possibly too much for my taste). A good IPA.
Butters (3854) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer has truly grown on me. I had it the first time about 2 months ago, and subsequently have been drinking it every week since. This is a great hopped beer. Not huge alc burn or flavor, but has a very pleasant warming sensation. Nose is sweet and grapefriuty (is that the amarillo?) Medium, to low carbonation. But the flavor is wonderfully balanced, with a very enjoyable lingering sweetness and bitterness from the hops. One of the best beers they have done. Good job.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours rust/copper with an off white head. Smells of resin, spicy, floral. Tastes spicy and bitter with a resiny finish.
rflambert (5) - Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2009 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very bitter...easy start but very strong finish...you can tell they they best at brewing "hoppy" beers but I could see this beer getting better over time...
NDbeerdrinker (166) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours reddish orange with a thin off white head. Aroma is nice sweet floral hops and actually a little bit nutty. Taste is those same flavors up front, but then the hops turn a little too bitter at the end adn this prevents it from being a really good beer, although it is still pretty good.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours orange with a stable tan head. Nose is sweet and quite hoppy. Taste is sweet hoppy and too bitter for my liking. Taste is no match for the nose.
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 2008 at Squires. Freshly poured right now as I drink it. Pours clear deep copper with dark straw bottom lip and 1-finger off-white head that retains well. Nose is huge, huge mangoey hops, with caramel malt, honeydew, and canteloupe. The nose here reminds me a lot of Stone X. Tastes very hoppy, tropical fruity, with a solid malt bill, and late resiny flavor. Rich, complex flavor and palate. Waters out a bit late, with the malt taking a backseat and the heft reducing a bit, but overall, if you love hops, you’ll crave this.
blklab2007 (2015) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle poured an orange amber color with a big off white head that retained fairly well. aroma has nice bitter and citrus hops without being in your face. mouth feel is medium with good carbonation and nice coating. flavor starts toward the bitter hop side, sweetness picks up, light citrus pops in, good malt balance, and nutty traces. this is actually quite nice, well balanced, and plenty hoppy without being carried away.
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Deep amber brown , clear ale with good white top.< br />Nose: Citric aroma , fresh mango , grape like hints with touch of rye malt.
Flavor/Palate : Raw bitterness , hop feel with sweet amber malt as fill up. Bit rough at edges. Late alcohol burn. Felt a bit thin especially if you compare to its richness of flavours.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz from Once Upon a Vine, Richmond. Lovely amber pour with a thick silky head, this is a delightfully fresh and flavorful entry from this slept-on brewery. Gentle hop aroma, not a face-wrecker by any means but a solid and lightly tropical IPA. Slight toasted malts in the flavor give it a nutty complement, like some sort of trail mix of IPAs or something. Mouthfeel could be a bit thicker, but this one’s very nice.