DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to jgd0608 for a growler of this as part of the Mystery Swap. The pour was medium coppery with dark straw menisci. The aroma was hoppy and fruity, with some tangeriny and grapefruity citrus and peppery notes. The flavor was hoppy and fruity, very nice complexity and balance for an IPA, with a finishing noble dry hop flavor that was very enjoyable.
shrubber85 (6505) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler (in trade with ford9719 - thanks Chris). Primarily orange/grapefruit hops with light malt aroma. Medium amber color with small head. Bitter grapefruit/orange hops hit the tongue immediately followed by a very nice malt flavor to finish - I really like that. Moderate carbonation with a nice hoppy aftertaste. Well made plus filled the growler as full as it could be.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iíd like to try this one fresh, since it seemed to lose a little in the growler. The body was a clear orange/amber, but it seems to have lost its carbonation during shipping. Itís got a pleasantly sweet aroma of caramel and toffee topped with a floral hopping that had just a touch of citrus fruits. Thick. The flavor begins malty and has an addition of aplles. Then itís joined by a solid floral, earthy hopping that the ale really needed more of. It balances more like an APA but would have to listed as a robust one, if there is such a thing.
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heemer77 (5053) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Poured with a medium copper body with a white head. The aroma was sweet with some oranges and caramel. The taste was very sweet for the style with grapefruit and toffee. There was also some breadcrust in the finish. A little bite in the finish. A nice IPA.
TomDecapolis (4331) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a lightly hazy golden amber with a smaller bubbly white head that laced. Aroma of lightly toasted malt with a hint of caramel, some floral and citrusy hop notes. Flavor of tea, bready malt, light caramel and light grapefruit and floral hop notes.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours from the growler a brilliantly clear, copper tinged, fully red color. The head starts out at about a half-finger thick and shows a amber tinged tan color. The head quickly becomes wispy though. The aroma has hints of diacetyl to it as well as an earthy herbaceous hops, a touch of apple and even a bit of caramel. Towards the end of the aroma it begins to pick up toasty malt note.
The taste is sweet up front and accentuates a nice berry like note. Floral citrus flavors join the berry notes to round out the fruity hop character. There is a nice solid bitterness here, which starts to bite the mouth in the middle and moves to a lingering, almost astringent finish. There is a touch of diacetyl in the flavor. It is just enough for me to notice a light butterscotch note, but not enough to detract from the flavor profile. In fact it probably even adds to the good flavors of this beer.
The beer is only lightly carbonate (appropriately so for a growler), which helps to soften the palate impact of this beer. This beverage balances between the soft creamy feeling malt notes and the sharp, piquant hop notes quite well. There is just a touch of zippy carbonation here, which also serves as a counterpoint to the soft creamy character of this beer. Being served from the growler almost gives it a feel like it was cask conditioned (though I wonder if the slight leak it sprung while enroute has something to do with this). In the beginning the diacetyl may be just a touch too much, but even my sensitive palate gets used to and even accepts it as part of this beer. The diacetyl is at the level where it actually seems to accentuate the fruity flavors of this beer, in fact it is this that brings out that berry note I noticed in the flavor. This is quite a tasty beer and is certainly a lofty introduction to the beers from Kansas.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the 2009 Parkville microbrew festival. Pours orange with a thin white head. This is their regular pale ale?!? This beer is thicker than many DIPAs. This is candy-sweet. lots of toffee. Thick and rich with the right level of hops for a big beer.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Midwest Brewfest.
Pours a deep amber with a leafy apple aroma. Flavor is tangy autumn grapefruit. Thick, pleasing mouthfeel. Nice beer.
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2008 4 oz taster at the brewpub. Pour is orangish brown with no head. Aroma of muted caramel biscuit. Taste is english hops, balanced with the english maltiness. Picks up some nice grainy body as it warms. This was a very drinakble beer. Certainly not what I would consider an IPA, but a pleasant hopped English Ale to be certain.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was quite a tasty pale IPA! Hops explode out of the nose, with a ton of citrus and grapefruit aromas. Flavor is just what I was looking for, a sweet but creamy caramel maltiness, with some orange rinds, and a that same fruit acidity to tingle your tongue. Wonderful mouthfeel, with a zesty lingering finish.