Frank (3026) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
T rahis beer is making a couple hour layover in DTW much more pleasant. The seven percent alcohol is a nice bonus but getting an actual good local beer in an airport is truly refreshing. Slightly cloudy orange with a thin white head and patchy lace. Nose is mild but with a nice fresh and fruity hop character. Flavor though is rich and hoppy, on the sweet side but nicely bitter in the finish. There is a slight iced tea like astringency and a bit of fruity yeast character as well. Texture is a bit on the heavy side but this offers up enough flavor to take your time on it.
Hengest (14) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pints on tap at the MBC Lansing storefront pub. I chose this one because it had a good rating here, and I’m glad I did. Hazy, not quite coppery color, nice 1 finger head that lasted. Pine resiny hops, not too much, not too little, pleasantly balanced. 7 point something percent, stronger than normal session beer but I managed 3 of them regardless. Malt not as sweet as Bell’s Two Hearted. Good with the crab cakes appetizer.
Dogbrick (8681) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 02/23/2012. The beer is a hazy reddish-amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily to an outer ring. Partial rings of lacing. The aroma consists oh hops, malt and citrus. Medium body with flavors of citrusy hops, earthy malt and a bit of caramel. The finish is hoppy with a short grapefruit aftertaste. Decent overall.
paintedmaple (445) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub...great aroma, creamy head and dry, piney finish with citrus and floral overtones; this is a great IPA.
malrubius (1862) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Detroit airport. Took me about 45 minutes of walking to find a local non-macro. Hazy straw orange with thick head and full lace. Nice floral grapefruity bready aroma. Very dry mild apricot with floral grapefruity assertive very dry finish. Excellent.
Travlr (13428) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very tasty on draft at DTW, lots of grass aromas and pine flavor. A greatbreak between flights.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Semi-cloudy copper-amber with thin white head which leaves minor lacing behind.
Aroma: Major orange-citrus aroma, with sweet toasted and caramel malts and light pepper.
Taste: Semi-sweet toasted malts, orange dominated citrus hops, and a lingering pepper and citrus bitterness.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, firm yet creamy body, dry finish that tingles.
Overall: A well-balanced IPA with a long lingering bitterness. While there are better IPAs out there, this is still a very good choice.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bottle, sampled 6/3/10). Cloudy copper color. Medium off white head. Moderate grassy citrus hop aroma. Moderate grassy hop flavor, with light stale malt and light sweetness. Long duration. Light dry and bitter finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Siciliano’s Market in Grand Rapids, MI. Pours a mostly clear, orange, copper-gold tinted body with a finger-width, dense and frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice, sticky lacing throughout. Aroma is pretty solid. Fairly malty with plenty of round caramels giving off a medium sweetness, but lots of citrusy hops. Nice floral orange with some grapefruit pines along with some slight hints of apricot, pineapple, and hay. Flavor is similar. Nicely hopped with a somewhat sweeter, rounder caramel up front and a bit more of a resiny hop. Lots of orange florals and a good amount of grapefruit pines. A light hay and some smooth citrusy fruits in the middle before the pines kick up nicely at the end with a solid citrus grapefruit and orange, but a really nice caramel to balance. Finishes dry with a moderate bitterness and a lengthy aftertaste. Medium, smooth body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really solid IPA. Pretty malt forward, but lots of citrusy pines and florals keeping this very well hopped and enjoyably bitter. Well done.
shrubber85 (7960) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Strong pine and grapefruit hops aroma. Golden yellow color with moderate head. Sweet orange malt initially followed by a moderately strong bitter grapefruit peel/pine hops finish. Well-made IPA.