tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours an attractive hazy orange with a nice head. Excellent retention and lacing. Definitely not a west coast IPA by any means. Very aromatic nose: floral and grassy. Creamy on the palate with notes of grass, honey, hay. Fairly bitter but balanced by some bready malt. Good IPA.
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - AUG 31, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iím not a big fan of IPAs, but this one was fun because it claimed to be an authentic reproduction of the style. The hops is lemony and produces a bitter aftertaste.
kepano (253) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep hazy and orange as papaya, Meantimeís IPA develops an attractive creamy off-white head before slowly dissipating with a thin coat of lace. The light and primarily noble hop aroma indicates at the outset a decidedly European approach though notes of sweet grapefruit are nonetheless noticeable. The nose is tight at first but over time develops beautiful airy fragrances of orange blossom honey, pineapple, apricot and banana. The fruit derives partly from hops and partly from esters lending an almost Belgian quality to the aroma. An ounce of grain is also apparent and pulpy apple juice adds a certain density. On the palate the texture is full-bodied and the flavors candid, though clearly one-dimensional. Creamy vanilla, hop, banana and pineapple are all spread on well-buttered toast. The long honey and pineapple finish is smooth and satisfying, refreshing, and thus easy-drinking. Not a world-class brew, but a very quaffable ale, and a nice rebuttal to the overindulgent American IPAs.
thegreenrooster (3896) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a hazy orange with a large white head. Aroma is a little bit citrus hops, a little bit wet grass and a little bit caramel malts. Flavor is a nice mellow hop with some a little barnyard and yeast. Hops arenít way over the top on this one, like some of the American versions, but that is what the brewer was going for. A decent IPA.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Lightly fruity, citric and sweet aroma, some very light suggestions of yeast detected, overall slight in effect but fairly well-balanced, perhaps some light cedary notes as it warms a bit. Hazy medium golden color with a lasting, foamy, uneven head. Flavor profile begins with a touch of spicy bitterness, becoming sweeter and fruitier throughout, touches of bready dough and toast with honey combined with some herbal lemon tones, finishing on a semi-dry note, showing a refreshing quality, again nicely balanced and with a burst of juicy, leafy hop flavor right at the end and lingering orange character. Creamy and smooth on the palate, some pleasant crispness late, and with a medium body. Really pretty nice.
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2007 Again, not my favourite style, but this one was agreeably restrained just the way one would expect of the English doing a style that the Americans have managed to royally screw up.
GonZoBeeR (3048) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma:good citrus hops aroma..
Appearance:Clear gold,huge head...
Flavor:Citrus hops,light pine and grapefruit hops...
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bartzillaís Death Metal Beer day June 07. Shared with Bartzilla, Naven, WeeHeavySD and others. My palate was shot, but it tasted like a good solid IPA. Good nopiness and not too sticky. Iíll have to try this agian sometime.
murawski (160) - USA - JUL 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I got this 750 mL bottle for my birthday, and it was great. Excellent lacing in the light white head, and a clean translucent golden straw color. A rather mild aroma, but I immediately identified the Golding hops in this one (I had just brewed my own batch of Pale Ale with some Golding, so the scent was still in my mind). Flavor starts with a nice fresh grassy, hoppy bitterness, and then you begin to taste the piney tingle on the back of your tongue & mouth. Long finish with that piney bitterness. Very well-made British-style IPA (as opposed to an American IPA).
badgerben (4809) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2009 Original Rating, July 17, 2007; 750mL corked: Murky copper color with a thin head. Very interesting aroma... It smells a little citrusy, but a big blast of light earthy hops and maybe fresh hops. Bittersweet malt taste. The hops are definitely there, but are also decidedly English and lacks the orange/pine of an American IPA. As long as you are expecting an IPA in the British tradition, this is quite excellent. Very well balanced. 8/4/7/3/16
Re-rating, April 4, 2009; 375mL, capped: I wanted to re-rate this for two reasons. One, itís one of the only really good English style IPAs Iíve had and two, there were some definite issues with later corked 750s. Had to try a regular bottle. Slightly cloudy copper with a medium and lasting head. Light grain aroma and a dusty, earthy hop quality. Strong caramel and biscuit flavor. There is an underlying bitterness, but the actual flavor of the hops have vanished. Certainly not an IPA anymore, more like a very alcoholic Bitter with more caramel malt. Still okay, but not the great example of the style I remember.