Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a copper-orange color with a medium creamy off-white head that burns away steadily. Patchwork lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrusy hops and malt. Medium body with flavors of piney hops, malt and citrus. The finish is bready malt up front with a short citrusy hops aftertaste. Decent overall.
Sammy (9986) - 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.
shrubber85 (9461) - 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.
GT2 (9412) - 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.
DSG (9318) - Tel Aviv, - OCT 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks Rotem. Clear bright reddish amber with an off-white head. Aroma of stale hops and some malt. Flavor has a bit of caramelly and biscuity malt, a bit of hops and a moderately bitter finish. Medium-bodied. Decent.
jercraigs (9046) - 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
JoeMcPhee (9004) - 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.
3fourths (8801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep rusty colored red body with a thick-bubbled dirty tan head. Nose: caramel malt, bread crust, little to no aromatic hops. Silky carbonation, finely bubbled, smooth across the tongue turning slightly sweet (citrus, maple) in the finish. Resinous, woody, nutty, caramel-heavy, but the low carbonation and the body are well-suited for the mild hop presence and use of bread/cracker-heavy malt.
DocLock (8798) - 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.
JorisPPattyn (8796) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUN 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Foxy amber; good off-white creamy head. Gorgeous hoppy-grapey nose, dry, hay. Dry-bitterish with quite some sweetness underneath. Retronasal fully hoppy (USA hops). Medium bodied, certain slickness. Very good American amber ale. Not a hopmonster, but a fine well-hopped beer, with plenty to tell you. Thanks, TW.