Sammy (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I did find some flavour in this brew, but had to ignore the metalic undercurrent. The flavour that needs to be brought out is a malty balance. Back to the lab, boys.
daknole (10837) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a really good beer and underrated in my opinion. Pours a nice amber color with a small head. The aromas of malt, hops and maybe even a hint of whiskey. fFlavor is creamy and malty with a nice hop balance. Very drinkable and super smooth. Reminds me of a Sam Adams Boston Lager, but a bit smoother and less harsh.
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... RBSG2005... Amber ale with a creamy, white head. Floral, citrusy aroma with lots of grapefruit and pine. Malty, caramelly flavor. Medium-bitter - medium sweet - medium bodied. Creamy with lively carbonation. Thanks go out to dougshoemaker for the bottle.
shrubber85 (10359) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Milky orange caramel malt and light orange peel aroma. Sweet creamy orange caramel malt and lightly bitter orange peel flavor. Smooth body. Not a typical APA - very malty. Pleasant.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
341mL thanks to solidfunk. Pours deep amber with a larger, beige head. Sheen appearance and rockier retention. Soapy lacing. Nose is decently hoppy, small orange peel, but dominated by sweet rolls and heavy malt. Taste is malt forward, sweet rolls, quite bready with hints of fruit juiciness. No soap, no cheesy hops, no stale candies, no stickiness. Not so bad. Should be moved to Amber Ale. Tannic, sharper palate.
DocLock (9705) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another awesome ale from my trade with Hogtown Harry. Deep copper pour, with creamy 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, noble hops, citrus, and cabernet. The flavor was piney hoppy and citric, with a form caramel malt and some tropical fruits. Silky palate. This is a very good ale, an ale I’d gladly drink every day of the week.
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 Tasted Blind, March 2007. Volo IPA Challenge Sample #1
Dark amber body with a very nice creamy off white head that lasts forever, and excellent lacing. (4) Hoppy aroma is muted a touch by the cold serving temperature, moderate resiny hops and light citrus, lightly dank earthy notes all emerge a bit more as it warms. Bitterness increases in a wave across the tongue; Light up front and almost astringently bitter at the back like lemon seeds. Average palate, touch under carbonated. Needs a touch more oomph and balance for the next level.
7/4+/7/3/14-15 - 3.5
<P>Volo Cask Situation, Cask #4 Golden amber, green hoppy aroma with mild notes of citrus. Thin resin, mild citrus in the flavour with a light leafy character. Malt is quite secondary. Average palate. Decent but lacks oomph and a defined presence. Underwhelming. 6/3/3/12-14
May 2006 C’est What FOSB, Dry hopped cask. Orange body, small light white head. Orangey citrus aroma. Grassy green dry hopping is interesting but the light cask palate and diluted hoppy bitterness is a bit disappointing, green leafy character is strong in the aftertaste. A nice experiment, but I’d prefer a nice fresh pint of the regular draft version. 6/3/6/3/13
December 2004: Dark amber body with a huge white head and decent lacing (3+) Aroma is a touch muted in this bottle with a pleasantly resiny bit of hops coming through. Touch of citrus. Flavour is exceptionally well balanced, with a fine malt base backing up the hoppy bitterness. Very nice citrusy hops in the finish, that lingers but doesn’t destroy the palate. Medium body with a pleasant mouthfeel. I find this one hit and miss as far as hops go, with a fresh bottle or a nice draft hitting the hops a lot better, particularly in the aroma. Always a nice beer, that in its prime is even better. 6/3/7/3/17<P>
October 2003: Nice brown amber colour. Bit of hops in the aroma. Didn’t find the flavour as hoppy as I expected from the description of others. Nice malt backbone. I will probably give this one another go and re-rate it. 5/3/6/3/14
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear coppery ruby browned amber with a vigorous large softly mocha hewn beige head. Very nice caramel malt and big hop presence. Medium bodied, a bit on the sweet side, and I guess all of the carbonation went to the enormous head since the beer itself seems just slightly flatter than I’d like. Nice light bitter hop finish. Decent and sessionable. Should have saved this guy until my curry later tonight.
BVery (9412) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tall can. Mostly clear amber pour with a minor head. Toffee, some earthy, hops are a bit stale and dead in this. Damn.
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Rich amber colour, thin sticky white head. Cascade aroma, some sweet caramel malt. Flavour is sweet up front, with bready and toasty malts mingling nicely with light citrus hop character. I would like a bit more hop aroma, but still quite good.