presario (4423) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 31, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark amber. Thin head. Light woody IPA scent. Noticeable alcohol note. Medicinal spruce IPA with alcohol.
Ughsmash (6912) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Poured hazy light-medium orange with a well-retained, creamy beige head. The aroma picked up tart orange peel upfront, with some pale and biscuity backing.. the orange really led, and nothing really interesting came through for me. The flavor found biscuit and pale malts at the core, plus a bit of aged orange sweetness.. mostly orange zesty bitterness around, as well as a little pine.. warm on the finish with some residual sugars and bitterness.. again not interesting. Medium-bodied, dry, and fairly bitter on the palate.. OK feel and flow.. OK brew at best.
Foxbush (1145) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
This ale was purchased at The Caboose in Ashland, Va for tasting. The Imperial version of IPA are special. This one poured a cloudy light amber. The rich creamy head was unusal. Much lacing with this creamy head. The higher alcohol is noticable but adds to overall complexity of this IPA. The medium body ale with the different hops had citrus and spruce flavors. I am suprised at the low scores. The finish was pleasant with only slight bitterness but some sweetness. I am impressed this is an IPA that you could sit back and enjoy in a brandy sniffer. I hope someday to visit this brewery on the West Coast.
bigabe (194) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an almost clear amber, very strange for the style. Aroma is not as strong as I would like in an Imperial IPA. There are the usual hops notes, but theyíre almost masked by a different, malty aroma that I donít usually associate with Imperial IPAs. Flavor is similar to the aroma. There is some bitter hop bite in there, quite a bit actually... but there is not a lot of citrus to the hops, which is unusual for a NorCal IPA. There is also a strong, roasty malt flavor behind everything. That REALLY throws me for a loop. This beer is certainly unique, and definitely what I would consider a good beer. But judged against the style, it just doesnít stack up. I really think this is more of an Imperial Amber Ale.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - Pours a hazy amber-orange color with a nice finger of white, foamy head. The head has okay retention and leaves behind a bit of lacing.
S - A mix of the strong hop aroma, which is a bit floral, and the smell of the sweet malts. Also, a touch of citrus aroma is mixed in.
T - Starts out sightly sweet, from the taste of the malts. Then the hops start to build up a bit and become stronger. Mixed in is some fruity/citrus taste. A touch unbalanced overall though. The finish is fairly dry, and bitter from the hops.
M - Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The beer feels pretty crisp and pretty smooth, with the only downside being maybe a bit too much carbonation.
D - Fairly drinkable beer overall. The flavors are pretty solid overall, just a touch unbalanced. But overall the beer stays very crisp, smooth, and enjoyab
nuplastikk (3824) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Slightly hazy orange-tan with a steady beige head. Pungent, resinous hop aroma, sweet orange-pine tones. Creamy mouthfeel, relatively moderate carbonation. Rather big and brutal for 8%, there is a big oily hop resin feel, some burnt pine tastes. A little too alcohol forward, still a pretty decent effort.
ROGUE (2078) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a dark golden amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades. Big resinous aroma of piney hops and a solid caramel malt sweetness. Quick caramel malt flavor up front, with just a bit of earthyness to it, followed by a lasting grapefruit and resin hop flavor. Slight alcohol twang. Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation that is sticky on the palate with a lingering bitter aftertaste.
Guyute_Pig (100) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Citrus hops on nose with a bit of caramel, booze, and grapefruit. Taste of caramel, stale bread, cascade, and a thin boozy finish. Very average at best for the style, canít locate a bottled date so perhaps it is a bit past itís prime. Might try again if found fresh on tap.
HighWine (926) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured in a snifter. Cloudy butterscotch color. Light effervescence with a thin egg shell colored head. Even if the sniffed the head was only a half finger. Floral hop nose with sweet malt. Taste begins with cereal malt and then floral hops followed by a medium-strong bitterness. Itís quite good and surprisingly balanced given the style. Palate is a little thin. Overall this is a delicious beer and one I am anxious to try again.
zdk (1789) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle: golden pour, stale hops in the nose. sweet, sticky caramel malts. crystal malts with some stale pine on the finish and some astringency. Not bad, but tastes like thereíís more alcohol than there actually is. A little nuttiness at the finish.