rondphoto (2600) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thank you Terry Stovall, for bringing this back from Anchorage AK --- Hazy dark crimson caramel, thick ivory head cover, sheets of lace that slide back into the drink. Taste is a little malt, quickly compromised by medium hops. Entering the finish, a much stronger shots of hops barrels through, and then slowly fades back to a bit of malt. This is "determined and bitter," but I donít see much besides hops to balance. A solid IPA.
wlajwl (4305) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is malts, spices and light pine/citrus. The flavor is citrus, fruit, grapefruit, tea, very light tropical fruit and a tangy/mildly bitter finish.
Bulk_Carrier (2498) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2014 Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had a red/brown body with a one finger white foamy head that dies within thirty seconds leaving a decent amount of sticky lacing.
The smell had a thick citrus/pine hops, soft cranberry coming through (interesting for an AIPA, but actually quite nice - I like it).
The taste was pretty bittersweet through the hops and malts backing it up just slightly, nice bittersweet aftertaste, dry finish.
The palate was about a light to medium, fairly sessionable. Carbonation seems to be spot for the style and for me.
Overall, this is a good AIPA that I always try to keep some in my beer refrigerator no matter what.
DruncanVeasey (7423) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2014 Big bottle. Pours darkening chestnut with a heaped Belgian foam. Aroma of red berries, blackcurrant, juniper, marmalade on Hovis. Sweet balanced, moderately floral and juicy red berry hop flavour with a pounding of juniper; soap, lavender, satsuma and liquorice hints. Malt emerging in a balancing digestive and dry roasted finish. Aromatic, floral and multicoloured on the belch. Good fresh hop. Excellent.
pbzbo (6) - - MAR 17, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark reddish orange from tap. Uneven head, big and small bubbles, slightly greasy looking. Taste of sweet caramel, hops are grapefruit and cedar, attenuated by the sweetness but lingering on the back of the palate. Head smears rather than laces down the glass. Dirty but delicious!
Dr_Fellini (719) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to glass. Not sure how old. Pours a mostly clear deep copper amber color with a light tan head. Aroma is a moderate citrus, floral hops, with sweet amber malts. Most of the hop flavor is lost in the flavor, with mostly amber malts shining through. A touch of piney floral hops hidden in there. Light to medium in body with a funky finish. Good, but not great. Have definitely had better from Midnight Sun.
RobertDale (3964) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours golden red with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, and malt. Taste is grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit, and malt. Not too bitter finish. Well made.
luttonm (2905) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle in Seattle. Ruddy red, copper-orange. rich caramel malt and warming, bittering hops. smooth sweet malt backbone, mild alcohol, dry chalky finish. Sips well.
Nickls (1920) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can. Brownish red, thin khaki head. Smells faded, with tai at citrus hops, caramel and toasted malt. Flavor is essentially the same, flat, faded and boring. Shame, would love to have this fresh and I bought this at a great store on the west coast.
harrymel (1538) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled Week 4, July, 2011
A: Pours a reddish brown ale with a short lived finger of peanut head which falls to a sheet of the same. Spotty lacing. Great clarity.
S: Piney, and has a spruce tip smell. Some citric rinds and bitter smells. Indicates the smell of bitterness over the top of some decent malts which are sweet and somewhat caramel like. Smells like an Impy Red, not an IPA.
T: Wow, grapefruit. I canít recall having had a beer with more grapefruit (ruby red) flavor. Iíve had more with plenty of grapefruit nose, but this is like straight grapefruit blended with a beer of darker amber base. Some hints of metallic leftovers.
M: heavy for the style with lively and bright carbonation. Fairly easy finish.
O: Good beer. Miscategorized as an IPA, and tastes like an Impy Red, but Iíve gotta say itís a good beer regardless. I dig it. Dunno why Iíve resisted it so long.
Serving type: bottle