Ungstrup (27641) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A hazy orange beer with a disappearing white head. The aroma is quite hoppy as well as grassy, while the flavor is primarily sweet and dry, from the hops, but without that much hop flavors.
jcwattsrugger (10724) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap-pours an off white head that laces and hazy amber color. Aroma is some citrus hops-grapefruit, musty. Taste is citrus/resin/pine, secondary musty, medium malt-caramel.
bierkoning (9549) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, GBBF. Orange color, cloudy. I can hardly notice the aroma, but the taste is big. Too big, in fact. Loads of hops and blackcurrant. Harsh and oily. Some oak and licorice. Medium to full bodied, harsh and heavy for an ale.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Poured a dark and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus and pine. Tastes of light pine, light grapefruit with some sweet malts. Lightly bitter with a lightly sweet balance. I would have preferred a little more of a bitter bite. Thinner body.
JoeMcPhee (8053) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Barcade. Copper coloured pour with a creamy white head. Aroma is nicely hopped. Soft pine needles and a bit of light orange peel citrus. Fairly crisp body and surprisingly clean tasting for something from McNeills. I don’t know if they’ve got their new brewery up and running yet, but something about this is different (and for the better). Soft bitterness with a light herbal backnote. One of the better offerings from these guys.
3fourths (7511) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Musty fresh hop aroma, plant-like... semi-mellow palate with a musty and gritty hop finish... reminds me of chewing on hop pellets while brewing... clear amber color with a small white head.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Fruity yeast and a caramel malt backbone benefit from a coniferous and floral hop zing, building a quenching and accessible example of the style.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the cloudy dark amber.
-This IPAís flavor profile seems to be a cousin of their ESBís.
-Hops also offer lenient citrusy fruitiness throughout.
-Natural carbonation offers a relaxed mouthfeel.
-This is not one of those IPAs which is bursting with godly hoppiness; it is a balanced quencher.
On tap at the brewpub.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear copper with a thin white head. Aroma is rich and complex with a nice, sweet caramel and earthy hop nose. Body is thin and disappointing with a dry finish and very little sweetness or floral hop attributes. The body just didnít live up to what I expected from the great aroma.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color with a small, off white, bubbly head and very light lacing on the glass. Strong grapefruit, hops, and lighter sweet malts in the aroma. Taste was very nicely balanced between strong hop bitterness, and sweet malts. Dry earthy finish. Certainly a very nice IPA.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 21, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2004 7/11/01 Is it an IPA or a pale ale? The bottle says two things, but on tasting, the huge hoppiness and strong aftertaste are much more becoming of an IPA. I think fans of the style will appreciate the power of the hops and the sour/bitterness; I appreciated the great citrusy (grapefruit) nose and beautiful amber color.
5/21/02 I've grown to appreciate IPAs and hoppier Pales more in the past year, so I'm bumping this up a bit. Still not McNeills' best (the Ruby Ale is similar and even better), but so-so from this brewery is miles ahead of the best from most others. 9/4/7/4/15=3.9
July 04: 22 oz bottle, very little fizz, overfilled. Mostly spicy, citrusy aroma, a bit of Cascade pungency as well..very strong. Earthy, woody in the body, malty and juicy at the front, heavily hopped at the finish. Nearly opaque reddish-orange, bottled conditioned and unfiltered. Holds up quite well despite the hordes of IPAs I've had lately...wish I'd plopped for one of these on cask in Brattleboro a couple of weeks ago.