MeadMe (1513) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Pours a nice vibrant orange hue with a tall off white foamy head. Very very good retention and lots of lace. Pretty pour.
S: Lots of nice sweet malts. Caramel and toffee lead the way. Notes of resinous pine, and mild citric notes as well.
T: Solid nice balance here. Floral up front with all the sweet candy malts coming out. Floral mostly but there is some pine and a bit of citrus. Tasty and balanced.
M: Medium in body, smooth, nice carbonation nice balance between hops and malts.
BrooHa (120) - New York, USA - MAY 2, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep copper. Off white head. Smells of piney hops, resin and toffee? Bitter (in a good way) with a slightly sweet finish. Sharp hops but more malt forward. Feels a little unbalanced. And the hops taste a bit... grassy. Better IPAs out there.
philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2010 the hoppiness dominates but doesn’t quite hit the spot. maltiness is nice. texture is a little thin but overall a decent IPA.
IrishBoy (4001) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 23, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from Largiari. Nose of citrus and floral hops with quite a bit of caramelly sweetness. Orange with a medium off white head. Flavor is mildly bitter and caramel.
jimhilt (2490) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2010 Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Crystal clear amber color. Nose is piney hops. Flavor is mostly hops but some sweet malts try to balance. Fruity, hoppy finish with a lingering bitter aftertaste. $2.15 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle courtesy of axeman9182 poured into a tulip.
Pretty close to a crystal clear amber pour with a big off-white head that recedes to a soapy swirl and solid collar with nice delicate lacing on the sides.
The aroma is fairly hoppy with a light spicy herbal hop character with a predominantly grassy aroma with hints of citrus. There is plenty of toasted pale malts that almost shows out as much as the hops in the aroma.
The taste is even tamer in the hop department with lemongrass and herbal spiciness giving way to a hefty sweet malt backbone which definitely seems to dominate the hops in the taste. Only in the finish do the hops come out but with a metallic bitterness with little actual hop flavor.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and sweeter than most IPAs on the palate.
This is a decent example of a balanced IPA and I really think it falls much closer to an English IPA than an American IPA as the hop profile is actually secondary to the malts.
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great hookup from largiari! Thanks. Pours a really pretty orange/amber color with a nice white head. Leaves good lacing. Aroma is wonderfully fruity and hoppy with citrus and honey notes throughout. Flavor is fruity and hoppy with good caramel. Smooth and rather delicious.
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A pale gold pour with light foam head. Pine hops with a malt balance. Good even taste through the finish. It was flavorful but a little average.
markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to jayli for hooking me up with this one. Pours hazy orange amber with a white head. Nose is malt, pine, tart white/ pink grapefruit, and a bit of apricot. Flavor is fizzy malt, orange/ citrus, and a bit of pine. Finishes with pine bite and apricot. Decent medium-bodied IPA.
drfabulous (5232) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 once thanks to Largiari. Nice floral aroma. Citrus. Hops are nice. Grapefruit. Malty finish. Very drinkable IPA.