DrnkMcDermott (2988) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz. bottle, $4.99 at HyVee in Newton. Base C&C hop note in the nose. Another big spongy head when poured into a shaker glass. Beer in the glass is just slightly hazy light amber color. Taste has a bit too much sweetness at the start that makes a bit cloying. Honey? It’s not adjunct, I don’t think. Maybe just too much malt that should fermented out further. Or the hops are already fading on this bottle, which has no date, but I bought in the grocery nearest to the brewery in March. Re-reading their description, I wonder if their technique meant to extract more hop flavor should have allowed more bitterness in, too. The hops there are the basic pine needle and citrus, although there is a note of tropical fruit to it as well. Maybe even some perfume. As a homeboy, I’m trying to like it more. Some watery mouthfeel is also a slight tick against, when I want to be feeling more effects of alcohol this late at night.
Jow (3270) - New York, USA - FEB 1, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Little Iowa craft beer stand in hotel lobby couldn’t resist. Nose is tropical fruits and candy. Tastes way sweet of lemongrass, rock candy, malt, caramel. Touch to sweet for my tastes
MetalNHopHead (1237) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nothing cures my wintertime blues like a glassful of hops. Thanks to the bargain cart at my nearby bottle shop, Hopburst is one of those deals that was too good to pass up and one of those beers I’d probably never seek out under normal circumstances. I’m glad I got to try it. Any excuse is a good excuse to have a new IPA. Typical heady appearance with hazy dark orange body. Lemongrass, dank hops, and overripe melon aromas. Flavor has zesty grapefruit, chewy grass, earthy flower, garlicky spiciness, and caramelly malt. (Have I worn out the -y adjective + noun formula yet?) Balance is well-done without being anything that really stands out. Overall, a very solid IPA.
deyholla (9811) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber gold with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has musty pine hops with a bit of bitter citrus and an earthy grain backbone. Flavor has bread and sweet grain with a good amount of bitter citrus.
Travlr (20242) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of HuskerTan, thank you! Hazy golden amber color, bright white head. Aroma of fresh haystacks and light citrus. Taste has earthy lemongrass, scallions. Nice.
DuchessOfIowa (156) - Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
poured from bomber. Straw gold to amber color. Medium white head with some descent lacing. Doughy and bread flavor dominate with a trace amount of caramel. A good amount of hop aroma that has some orange and citrus mixed with some earthy pine flavors. Medium dryness that lingers.
Capa (2566) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy intense orange with an off-white head. Aroma is full of candied tropical citrus fruit. Medium bodied. Flavor is tropical fruit, sweet, caramel malts. Lightly soapy. Finish is caramel sweet with medium bitterness. The aroma is my favorite part of this and the flavor lets it down a bit. Still, a nice IPA.
Bule (1712) - California, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours a yellow amber color with a bit of head. Citrusy and a little alcohol harshness.
bookman10 (872) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an orangeish-yellow that’s just a bit murky, with smallish head. Hop and fruit aromas. Flavor is hoppy and malty, with some metallic underpinnings, and a touch of homebrew flavor (you know how homebrews all taste the same?). I think this one has potential, but a few of the rough edges have to be worked out first.
ibrubeer (274) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Old Chicago. Nice hoppy aroma. Color was clear, slight reddish golden color. Flavor had a nice malty backbone, with citrusy hops. Medium bodied. Very good IPA!
theisti (3766) - Kansas, USA - AUG 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle purchased as a single at Beer Crazy in Urbandale, Iowa. The pour is a mostly clear golden orange with a one inch egg white head. The head falls with a thick coating of lace. The aroma is caramel malt and resin pine bitterness. The taste is the pine bitterness, mostly, along with a sharp grapefruit peel character to the back. The sweetness of the caramel in the nose is subdued, and decently integrated to the bitterness. The palate is medium bodied with low carbonation and the bitter finish. Some nice mineral is present in the aftertaste as the beer warms. Just OK.