FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A vigorous pour from the can produces a fat, three finger thick, pale tan colored head (with just a hint of amber to it) in my New Belgium globe glass; as the head slowly subsides it leaves some spotty, layered lacing on the sides of my glass. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, copper-amber hue, otherwise it has an almost ruby tinged, deep amber hue to it. The aroma smells of crystal malt and American hops; specifically there are notes of ripe orange zest, touches of ruby red grapefruit, some caramelized sweet tea notes and a general spicy / toasted character characteristic of crystal type malts. The more I visit the nose, the more the hop character becomes dominant, yielding to bright tangelo zest notes, tropical fruit like lychee, floral peach as well as some slightly herbal, ripe citrus oil notes and hints of menthol or pine.
Softly bitter as it first hits my palate, the beer picks up a firmer, almost bitting bitterness through to the finish. The finish also sees a touch of sweet-tea like, caramelized malt character lingering on the palate along with the bitterness and some biting citrus laden zest fruitiness. The bitterness throughout the flavor profile intermingles seamlessly with a juicy citrus character (ripe tangelo and ruby red grapefruit notes), as well as subtler notes of menthol, pine and even a touch of herbaceous “dank” character. The essential oil, hop fruitiness is definitely the dominant note in the flavor; in addition to the already mentioned flavors there is also quite a bit of tropical fruit character that is lead by notes of lychee, a sort of juicy-fruit gum character and just a general, bright fruitiness. This has a touch of body to it that puts it into the medium’ish level of body; I usually prefer a lighter bodied IPA, but the extra malt sweetness that comes along for the ride really helps to boost the fruitiness from the hops quite a bit.
This is a very nice beer, I have never heard of this Falconer’s flight blend of hops, but it is certainly one that I find enjoyable and appropriate for an IPA. With the crystal malt character found in this beer I think that the hop character could have been turned up a bit more than it already is; this is at least a month or two old at this point, so it is likely that fresher samples are that much more hop balanced.
Ibrew2or3 (7997) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can pours clear copper with loose tan head. The modest aroma offers up a bit of spicy hops, even less citrus and a sort of malty sensation. The taste has some sweet malts and a mix of mostly citrus, spicy and a bit of earthy hops. It seems these notes are unable to pull together into a cohesive flavor.
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours clear gold, frothy beige head. Aroma of wood, resin, toffee, mostly dank and earthy hops with a touch of lemon. Taste has a good amount of bitterness, but it does not have as long or brutal of a finish as I expected. Lots of malt balances this hop that I am experiencing for the first time that I know of here. There is just some bright or floral hop flavor and aroma that I would love to have in this beer. Towards the end of the beer, it became surprisingly hard to drink. My funky ass homebrewed IPA is easier to drink than this.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can with Carla. Pours dark gold with white foam. Smells lightly spicy of hops and rye. Tastes bitter of rye and hemp.
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz can from Mainbrew - Pours a clear orange with a puffy white head. Initial aroma shows a lot of malt through the hops. Tastes sweeter than I expected. Kind of grows on you after a bit.
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tin. Orange clear pour with thick lasting white head. Medium hop aroma, tangerine and grass. Medium flavour, a bit of sweetness among the bitter. Balanced. Long hop finish.
Cavie (4221) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can courtesy jjfoodie. Pours a clear orange color with a light ring of white head. Aroma is slightly veggie with soured grain. Strange spicy hops. Flavor is sweet hops, some spicy notes and dry earthy hops. Dry finish. Slightly bitter.
bu11zeye (12594) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(355ml can) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, pine, biscuit, and grass. Flavor of caramel malt, grass, light pine, and bread with a dry, bitter finish.
Dogbrick (11061) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is a clear orange-amber color with a medium off-white head that recedes slowly. Rings of lacing. Citrusy hops aroma with some malt in the background. Medium body with a resiny hops character and notes of citrus, sweet malt and grain. The finish is hoppy with a lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Decent overall.
drjay44 (3306) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. can. Shared with Don at brew club. Pours a lasting, white head, over a clear amber (SRM 7) body.....nose is light hop florality with minimal pine, bit of citrus....taste is light toffee/caramel to start finishing with a citrus bitterness....mouth feel medium, carbonation low. This is a drinkable,reasonably balanced, but otherwise unremarkable IPA. BJCP 6/3/11/4/6