hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bronzed hazy color, with big yeast chunks floating about...Smell is subtle, spicier/more floral hops but not strong...Alcahol taste in there. an english ipa, and defintely a better alternative to other english ipas like Sam Smiths. Good
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet malt aroma with Fuggles notes, big off-white head, cloudy amber body with yeasties. Strong alcohol taste in start, sweet malt, medium hoppiness.
gnoff (9594) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(750 ml bottle at Plain Kitchen in Gothenburg) Extremely hazy, orange color with a cream colored head. Very fruity hoppy scent, smells bitter. Very bitter taste and bitter after taste, but it’s a fruity bitterness that’s not too much for me.
GregClow (3215) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc, tupalev & mds - courtesy of some of the Michigan RB crew. Slightly hazy orange with a wee head. Aroma of mellow hops, orange, caramel, yeast and peppery booze. Soft mouthfeel. Flavour is very nice, with caramel malt, notes of spice and citrus, and a dry, slightly astringent finish. Very nice stuff that reminded me a bit of Burton Bridge Empire Ale.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to the U.S. guys from our Michigan Fest trip 2006 for sending us home with this bottle. Shared with the regular crew including MDS. Deep orange, foamy white head. Nice aroma: lots of malt and booze and hops. Nice taste - very spicy, lots of hops. Taste much stronger than it actually is. Sweet caramel finish. Very good.
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange with a small white head. Sweet orange aroma, light alcohol notes and light malt in the aroma. Light citrus, lingering moderate bitterness. Interesting English hop character - fuggles? Average palate. Solid and drinkable but fails to grab my attention.
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy orange coloured with a solid white head. Aroma of malts, citrus and hops. Flavour of malts, caramel, hops and grape fruit.
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Call me crazy, but this is as near to perfect as beer can get. Great aroma, mouthfeel, flavor, & balance. The hop aroma shifts between floral, resinous, grassy, and fruity. Deeply bitter with a treacle malt balance. Roasted malt shares prominence with the hops and gives way to an almost Belgian something extra. If I have to say anything negative about this beer, it’s that it may just leave a little too much sweetness on the lips and the head dissipates just a little too quickly. Just as I was getting bored with American hop monsters, this beer saves my life.
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2006 Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc, mds and tupalev, a refugee bottle from the 2006 Michigan Brewers’ Fest. Hazy orange pour with a smallish off-white head. Malty and yeasty aroma, quite dry and lightly spicy, even a lactic note in there, and a nice wave of herbal mildly funky UK-style dry hops, noticeable alcohol on warming. Caramel malt taste, herbal, almost pungent hops, quite a bit of alcohol for 7.5% in the fairly long bitter finish, good malt balancing. Thick body, astringent chewy mouthfeel, I liked its complexity - this is an excellent malty UK take on the IPA style.
hero27 (19) - Iowa, USA - AUG 13, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle, corked & caged.
Hazy orange. Frothy head of soapsud-like consistency. Aroma is some lackluster toffee malt and a good dose of herbal hops.
Heavy herbal hop flavor..plenty of Fuggles & Goldings used here for sure. Some orange peel and a bit of spice in the mix as well.
Sticky mouthfeel, fairly dry finish.
It was alright for an English IPA, just not worth the nearly $10 price tag in my opinion.