Dogbrick (8239) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the Strange Brew Tasting on 02/18/2012. Pours a dark amber color with a medium thin off-white head that evaporates quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma is equally hoppy and malty. Medium body with a fruity hops character with sweet malt behind it. The finish is citrusy with a short mildly hoppy aftertaste. Worth the inevitable lawsuit? Slightly above average overall.
JaBier (4956) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can/bottle (donít quite remember) shared by a friend. Clear amber pour with a thick beige head. Malty aroma with a bit of hop. Malty flavor up front, then slight citrus before a grassy hop finish.
DeanF (1716) - Nunavut, CANADA - FEB 4, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Okay copper body with some modest head. Soft aroma of bad B.O. and some hops thrown in. Flavour is a decent 45-minute hop formula with a bit of malt. Okay balance, okay IPA. Just okay. Eh?
solidfunk (4168) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad. Strong hops smell, medium body. Overall an average IPA - decently bitter but not a whole lot of character. Has a nice amber colour and head retentionís not bad. Hoppy but not super bitter.
asheft (2544) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[275 ml bottle at DwEEBs meeting]
275 ml, WTF!? I feel like dropping the score of this just for that stupidity. Do they think itís cool or something to have little bottles? Did some Chinese glass bottle company screw up and give them some amazing deals on these miniature bottles? Microbrewery does not equal microbottles!
Creamy pine aroma with a little grapefruit. Clear bronze under and off-white cover and a bubbly ring. Medium hops flavour with powdered sugar, strawberry, and pine. Faint caramel/toffee accents. Light to medium body, medium carbonation, slightly bitter finish.
czar (4508) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours clear light copper red tint with a very small light beige head, little retention. dry caramel malts, strawberry-hops, lightly boozy. very soft carbonation, lightly metallic, relatively light hopping and short to med long finish. ok.
Eructoblaster (3056) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - 250ml. Pours a dark golden body with a thin white foamy head. Decent hoppy aroma with malty notes. Taste is well balanced but it could be more complex. Ends with a good bitter/herbal finish. Not bad.
kevinsenn (1092) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
275mL bottle from LCBO. Pours clear copper, with a slight green tinge if you hold thin parts up to the light. Nice hoppy aroma. Taste is quite bitter. Also some caramel and hops in there, but those are fairly light, and other than the bitterness this borders on watery. A drinkable IPA, but better local ones exist at a better price (SMASH Bomb comes to mind).
estover (56) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear light red pour with little head. No lacing, clear, sparkling even, minimal head with white foam. Reminds me of a black IPA. Not nearly enough hop for me to call this an IPA. A good beer to introduce people to IPAs with out scaring them away.
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated from memories of too many bottles and draft I was pretty excited about this one when it first showed up because it was the first real IPA to be pretty regularly available in Toronto bars/LCBO. It pours a dark amber shape, nice lacing, etc. Aroma is sweet malts, grassy hops...earthy, with a bit of the citrus/grapefruit/floral character that I love in North American IPAs. Itís nice. Flavour continues that with a medium bitterness and the sweetness of the malts balances well with the grassy hops. Quite well balanced...resiny. The body is heavier than west coast style IPAs...this isnít one of those. I find it hard to drink many of these in a session. Itís got a nice strong bitterness in the finish. Good stuff.