Gription79 (1597) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle thanks to Ed. Clear golden pour. Aroma of citrus and diacetyl, slight bready malts. The flavor is full of butter coated American hops and bready malts. Other then the diacetyl, not a bad beer.
Sledutah (3192) - Utah, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Ed, thanks
Appearance: Clear golden with a medium sized off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Floral, pine and dusty caramel
Taste: Floral and piney
Nice and mellow, easy drinking
GJF (1078) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick beer. Orange pour. Light aroma. Malty backbone with caramel hints. Straw and pine hop flavor, dry bitter finish. Itís good but some of the flavors are muted for a double IPA. Itís like a solid apa.
LtDan (1676) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Pours a hazy bright amber with a small soapy swirly head.
Aroma: Tropical fruit, grapefruit, cotton candy. Toast.
Taste: Earthy and sugary malt, earthy hops.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: I would have enjoyed more bitterness and more "hop burst." If there is a hop pun or the word hop in the name of the beer, it better bring it. This beer was just too sweet and not hoppy enough for my personal liking.
Sir+Drinksalot (34) - Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good and hoppy...just the way I like it! Reminded me of the original FreshHop ale by Great Divide brewery except itís filtered. I do prefer mine a litlle cloudy and chunky but I was very surprised at this balanced and piney brew.
CLevar (373) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Ed, Thanks! Pour into my surlyfest stein. Nice looking beer! Fairly dark clear copper, with big chunky head that fades to near picture perfect lacing. Aroma is a bunch of floral hops, quite resiny, lots of sticky sweet caramel malt. Flavor is much the same, lots of citrus, floral, slightly piny back end hops, and lots of sticky malt up front. Slightly grassy. Sticky sweet finish. Overall, not bad, but didnít really "pop" as much as I was hoping for. Could have used a bit more bitterness (or just less sweet caramel malt) to really shine.
Trev (1662) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
copper pour with a medium head.
aroma is grapefruit citrus and piney hop.
flavour is caramel maltiness and resinous piney hop.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Somewhat dark amber with foamy cream colored head and light lacing tendrils.
Aroma: Pungent orange, toasted and caramel malts, some spiciness. Aroma is both sweet & dry, and fairly typical for an IPA, but done well.
Taste: Taste is as expected as well, but also done well, with semi-sweet orange and toasted caramel malts upfront, followed by lingering spiciness and bitterness with highlights of grapefruit and pine.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is somewhat smooth and creamy with a dry finish.
Overall: Great example of an IPA that nails the style, but does not do anything out of the ordinary to truly stand out. Basically, it is delicious but not unique.
hophouse (5) - - SEP 5, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very smooth drinkable IPA. I am guessing loaded with centennial. Pours a smooth copper to gold color. Very smooth, balanced flavor very smooth finish you wouldnt expect from an IPA. But has the bite to make you want more Very similar to a Bells Two Hearted ale.
Pawola22 (3104) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from Johnís Grocery in Iowa City, IA. Pours a clear, amber, orange tinted colored body with a finger-width, dense and frothy, off-white to tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty solid with lots of herbal, resiny, tea-like hops. Slightly sharper citruses with melon rinds and a few pines as well. Malts open up a bit as this warms with some sweeter caramel and a touch of bread offering a nice backing to the hops, but definitely staying in the background. Flavor is similar. Lots of herbal, citrusy hops up front with some resins, pines, and more tea-like flavors. Malts come in nicely to balance, but again stay in the background with some caramel and a hint of toasty bread. I get a bit of a growing toffee flavor towards the end as this finishes dry and balanced with a medium-high bitterness that is citrusy, herbal and piney, and has some resins. Lengthy aftertaste with more malt coming out following a medium body and soft, moderately lively carbonation. Very easy drinking. Overall, a really nice, flavorful, well-balanced IPA. Lots of fresh, herbal hops with some pines, resins, and plenty of citrus. Solid malt backing that allows the hops to take the forefront while offering a pleasant added sweetness. I liked this one.