keanex (1134) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
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Appearance: The body is hazy with an amber-orange hue. A short white head rises from the body, despite a hard pour, and it quickly settles into a sparse coating with foamy edges.
Aroma: The aroma is prominent with floral tones, grapefruit and orange with a spicy and sort of cheesy edge to it. Old hops? Or maybe the combination of the malts with the hops? Itís a weird aroma.
Taste: The malts are noticed first, contributing a mild sweetness. Progressing from there into the weird aroma I got into flavor form. Itís an odd mix of floral and toast with grapefruit, but this odd flavor I have no idea how to describe it. The finish is dry and sort of unpleasant.
Palate: Crisp and full-bodied.
Overall: This is not a pleasant IPA, there are some weird flavors going on here that are off-putting. I had one the other night and didnít get these flavors so Iím not sure where they are coming from since my glass is very clean. Itís not pleasant though and I donít want to finish the beer.
can8ianben (1278) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
My favorite of the sampler. Bright citrus aroma, faint pine flavor, not too mouth-coating or syrupy, really balanced and easily drinkable. Nice.
DocLock (7200) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one is very good. It does remind me of Hop Wallop and Ruination, although not as citrusy as Hop Wallop or as astringent as Ruination. Great hop presence, and great balance. Get some while you can.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this at the Michael Jackson beer tasting in Philadelphia in 2005 and I loved it. What a great surprise. Hopped with Centenial and Cascade like a Hop Devil, with great malt taste, bitterness, and orange and pine complexity, but with enough simcoe to give it a crisp almost miny taste like a Hop Wallop. A favorite now, along with Hop Wallop and Stone Ruination, though less grapefruity than either. May not be for everyone ... this is a real slam of hops.
Holdwine (1064) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent pale ale, not quite an IPA in my book. Not sure where the overpowering hops are. A touch of vanilla.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer reminds me of Stoneís Arrogant Bastard and Victoryís Hop Devil... and yet it is slightly more refined and truly unique. A Bronze medal winner at the 2002 World Beer Cup, this beer offers a uniquely fresh profile in that it is bottle conditioned! It pours a cream colored, 1/4í head that holds fairly well, and offers an incredibly intense hop aroma of both American and English hops; well backed by a sweet caramel maltiness. The moutheel is creamy and full with a medium level carbonation. The flavor is equally balanced between sharp hop flavor and sweet caramel maltiness. The finish is on the sweet side, turning dry, and finally revealing a ton of hop flavor. Unlike any beer Iíve ever had before; although the original brewer has left and this beer has not been even remotely the same in recent versions.