DarkElf (3014) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
05-Jul-09 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 28-Jun-09 for $4.39 at BevMo in Solana Beach, CA) Against the Yerbe Mate Gold, this beer is clearly more focused on the lemony citrus of the hops, but in general, the grain and corn still are the prominent flavor. The lemon-citrusy character seems an ideal companion to the tea-like yerba mate flavor and grainy, slightly corny maltiness; a citrus rind, earthy or piney character would probably clash and dominate. Sweetness is minimal, and hop bitterness is actually fairly mild. The bright, citrusy hops of the flavor are not really present in the nose, and rather, itís the grainy, almost husky malts that dominate. Light-medium in body, and dry on the palate, with soft, medium carbonation. Very hazy in the glass and slightly more dark-golden in color, but the haziness subsides considerably as the beer gets warmer, so this is chill haze at work. This beer also boasts a creamy, white head that unlike the Golden, builds to nearly an inch on the pour before gradually settling to a quarter-inch layer and holds it for the remainder of the session. Also, a dense curtain of lace sticks to the glass. Overall, this is pretty average beer, and as IPAs go, itís mild and easy to drink, lacking any real punch. And as a direct comparison to the Gold, itís slightly different in flavor and finishes better when warm, but generally, itís only slightly more enjoyable.
jgb9348 (4439) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Chunky, hazy orange coloured body with a dense tan head. Aroma of light hops, apricots, yeast, wort and a touch of tea (yerba) and coriander seed. Light to Medium-bodied; Sharp hoppiness up front of pine and pineapples with some light yerba flavours and a little green tea notes as well. Aftertaste shows some slight bitterness from the caffeine perhaps with a little hop note and a touch of wort or unfinished beer. Overall, a decent beer - interesting to say the least, and not a failure in my opinion, just not a great beer. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from City Beer in San Francisco, California on 29-July-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 24-January-2011.
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours golden cloudy orange with medium white head. Much lacing. Piney and tea like aroma, not hoppy like a good IPA. Flavour is very much of mate, the yerba mate has overpowered everything else. A little citrus in the finish and more yerba mate. Average at best.
5000 (5982) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle:   On the orangish side of amber, thin spritzy white head, sparce lacing.   Slight floral, citrus, and perfume aroma.   Smells a little artificial.   Something about it reminds me of a candle.   Semi-sweet pixie stix piny flavored Pale Ale.   Not that hoppy, a little artificial, wax like maybe.   Has a strange medicial bitterness.   Flavors fall off quickly.   More of a Pale Ale than an IPA.   Has this weird candyish sweetness.   Reminds me a little of those wax filled candy things.   Just not that interesting.   Heck, this almost feels like a weak Pale Ale.   IPA... dont think so.   Blech...
Ungstrup (28233) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A light amber beer with a lazing orangey head. The aroma has notes of spicy hops combined with a light note of malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of spicy hops and yerba mate sirup, leading to a dry, spicy, and hay like finish. Not my thing.
rmussman (1671) - California, USA - NOV 3, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting brew. Nice try but dont really see the point in trying to make something like this. It is basically just a pale ale with alternative flavoring. Worth a try but nothing special.
Reid (1783) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle bought from "Habits" in S.Salem.
Appearance is quite murky for the usual IPA..it has the dull orange colour,but its very hazy,head is a dirty eggshell colour.
Aroma is slighly honeyish/spicy hop. Flowery, delicate actually quite nice.
Taste is strange..it has the hops OK..grassy to pine like, but they are almost overwhelmed by a strange tea like ( its not but thats the closest i can get) taste. slighly metallic near the end.
OK on the tongue average fior style.
Overall a strange beer..i had their Pale Ale a coupe of years back and didnt like it the first bottle..it grew on me after that.
perhaps this will be the same. need to try another bottle.
msante79 (2194) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle from Total Wine Brea. Pours clear golden orange with small white head. Aromas of oranges, sweet malts, citrusy hops, and some caramel. Flavors of candied sugars, some bitter hops, light citrus, and caramel. Mouthfeel is syrupy and has light carbonation. Pretty crappy IPA.
drjay44 (2446) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thin head, over a very slightly hazy golden amber (SRM 8) body......nose is light pine, smidgen of pineapple.....taste is light pine, bit of citrus, bit of pineapple toward the finish, finishing with a light slightly astringent bitterness typical of Yerba.....mouth feel is very light, almost watery, carbonation is low. This is a very light IPA, with minimal hop tones and very light malt influence. An interesting experiment that was almost successful. BJCP 6/3/11/4/5
highibus (696) - Vail, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oh my, well....really nice aroma. Something that I couldnít quite make out. Nice light carmel color with white frothy head. But oh crap really medicinal/sweet from whatever this tea crap is they use. Not so pleasant. Has some decent qualities, but I cannot get past that lingering almost licorice flavor to enjoy the hops.