vtafro (4042) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Black pour with tan was. Aroma is earthy and grassy with some dark malt undertones. Flavor has grassy and herbal flavors with nice malty balance.
sonnycheeba (3952) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with thick, creamy tan head. Aroma is earthy and pine hops, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some woody notes. Flavor is dry, roast malts forward quickly followed by rich hop bitterness and some dried dark fruit; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
nearbeer (3936) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml. bottled on 02-04-14. Pours opaque ebony with a lasting disc of creamy bubbles. Big aroma of grapefruit zest followed by some resin and mocha. Tastes of fresh grapefruit with a slather of unsweetened dark chocolate, orange zest and dark roasted coffee bean. Long finish is mocha and dry oats. Near-medium body has too much carbonation and it fizzes up in the mouth a bit, but definitely keeps things from getting sticky. Above all, there’s a great balanced flavor and no overly-acidic finish from too much roast as some recent BIPAs have done to me.
ClarkVV (3902) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 12/31/13, drunk on 2/1/14
Bottle conditioned pour produces a compact, charred-tan head that recedes to cover, leaving plentiful lace atop a dark mahogany body, moderately high clarity.
Yep, smells like Maine Beer Co hop profile; fresh, fruity hops show off cherry, candied orange, lychee and ruby red grapefruit. The dark malts mask some of the strong resin/alcohol burn, but are surprisingly very masked themselves, showing off only a bit of chocolate graham cracker like maltiness. Medium strength of aroma, still some alcohol vapors that I get with all of their beers. Really like the fresh, leafy hop acids.
Subdued on the dark malts, just as in the nose, with just a light, pleasant tobacco dryness and light pruniness. Base malt sweetness is well-attenuated and comforting on the palate, aided by the light but engaging carbonation. The amarillo hops are delicious, adding the fresh, green, lush citrus hoppiness, while the simcoes are a bit overbearing in their brash bitterness but add their characteristic cherry-melon-like "sweetness" and plenty of acidity. The cascade and centennial combine and keep the finish very citrusy, somewhat piney and somewhat more resinous than I prefer. As with most of their beers, they come off very aggressive, assertive and somewhat overdone with the combination of alcohol and acidity. Nonetheless, the quality that goes in to the actual brewing is bursting forth, even if the recipes don’t really suit my tastes.
SSSteve (3879) - - JAN 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
black with a very large, foamy, tan head. inviting floral and peach hop aroma. some bitterness from roasted malt and the hops with a dryish finish. solid.
Iphonephan (3864) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 50 cl bottle shared at home courtesy of Kermis. Pours black with a tan head. Grassy hop nose. Roasted flavors. Bitter finish.
bytemesis (3838) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 02042104 - thanks JBPortland! Pours dark black with a creamy medium tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, pine, roasted malts. Flavor is citrus and pine forward with distinct roasty toffee notes coming in the middle. Light sweet, medium bitter, nice balance of roasty and hoppy. Medium body, silky mouthfeel, presumably from the oats. Quite a tasty beer!
AirForceHops (3774) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9 oz. bottle with a bottled on date of 02- 04- 2014. Paid $5.99 at Carl’s Meat Market, Kittery. Thick tan head that receded slowly over the pitch black brew. Nose is roasted malt, pine and floral hops. The flavor is not overly bitter and balanced nice with, roasty, and chocolate malt’s and a touch of ash. Hints of ground coffee, and floral and pine hops in the finish. Medium bodied with a real drying mouthfeel. Really nicely crafted.
mansquito (3759) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
New Beer Distributors, NY 50cl ($8.25): Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is citrus hops, piny hops, smoky, roasted malts. Taste is a combination of the aforementioned. Dry smoky roast taste is coupled with sustained, but merely moderate, bitterness from the hops. The citrus doesn’t go over the top. In some sense, this could be considered merely a stout, but I think that there is enough IPA hoppiness to take it over the line. Body is very nice and creamy. Everything is well-balanced, perhaps more than the style normally allows.
JulienHuxley (3617) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUL 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very pretty opaque black with a lasting lacy thick brown foam. Aroma is quite chocolaty, light roasty notes, characteristic Maine Beer Co hopping, grapefruit. Taste is an intense shot of bitter dark chocolate and hops, but both flavors are rather well equaled and present something more like a generously hopped stout than a darkened IPA. Palate is creamy and satisfying. Good.