bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz. bottle) Pours an amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, grapefruit, orange, and pine. Flavor of hops (citrus, pine) and caramel malt. Nicely balanced.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Date: November 29, 2008
Appearance: clear dark amber, frothy beige head, drippy patterns of lace
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma, lots of bready character, sweet citrus, earthy and floral hops
Flavor: lots of bitter earthy flavor, plenty of rich caramel malt, earthyness keeps it pretty dry, light peppery spicyness, touch of alcohol, long bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Tmoney99 (9976) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Brew Keeper. Poured hazy copper with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus hoppy and small malt aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture. moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium smooth bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. A standout beer.
hopdog (8450) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade with goryshkewych (thanks!). Poured a deep and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Some floaters. Aromas of citrus, floral, and light toasted caramel. Tastes of oranges, grapefruit, pine, and caramel. Has a sweet balance to the bitterness.
Sammy (8026) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed at the brewpub. C-hop aroma, grapefruit colour, lacey, lots of dots about. A tasty IPA, fresh.
3fourths (7770) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark nut brown colored body with a frothy tan head. Rich flavor of cedar wood and pine cone hops, some fruit juices, some cherries and oranges… vibrant and fresh tasting, but also chewy and thick with a distracting bready malt body that is out of place in an IPA. Malty cherry pits and nut bread cloud the fruity hop notes. Somewhat rough bitterness, not helped by a coarse malt/bread base. Okay overall, without glaring flaws, but could be a bit better.
Dogbrick (7113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is a dark amber color with a medium off-white head that lasts a long time. Thin patchy lacing. Aroma of fruit and sprucey hops. Very hoppy character, with some fruit flavor as well. The finish is bitter and lingering with hops and spice. Rather good from start to finish.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to Nathan! Poured clear medium orange with a healthy cap of sticky off-white head. The aroma was enjoyable at a distance, but sour and unbalanced up close.. light fruit skins took over and pushed juicy grapefruit and caramel into the background. Sour apple skins and lactic notes give the first and most prominent impression on the palate, with sweet grapefruit and buttered toffee at the base.. bitter pine and grapefruit fight with the sourness on the edges.. good elements in there, but it doesn’t appear to have held up very well. Medium-bodied and too sour on the palate.. nice higher level of bitterness. OK, but I’d love to try a fresh bottle.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beerman6686. Thanks man! Nice hop nose that consists of citrus - orange and grapefruit mainly, tropical punch, a hint of dank, and some caramel malts. Pours dark amber with a thin white head, some lace. Soft toasty flavors, moderate citrus notes - mostly juicy orange, some floral and pine notes as well. Lightly juicy piney resins linger on the palate. Fairly standard nicely drinkable IPA with no flaws.
JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from 22oz bottle at the Brewkeeper tasting at Blacklick Wine and Spirits on 10/9/08. The second of four IPAs sampled this evening. Pours an opaque copper. Smell is very sweet and malty with only the slightest touch of hop - this doesn’t bode well. Now to taste...WHOA! Aroma is in no way representative of the flavor of this fine ale. First sip is almost too hoppy, but let’s face it, you can’t base your opinions on one sip (especially during a tasting when there’s so much messing with your palate). Every subsequent sip down to the last is identical with the perfect balance of big hop flavor and a touch of sweet malt. Aside from the aroma, a superb IPA and definitely my favorite offering of the evening so far (barely edging out White Storm). Fantastic beer.