Skyview (5456) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on draught at the GTMW ’08. Pours a semi-clear coppery amber brew with a thin and fast dissolving off-white head that dissipates to a thin white ring. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus zest, and a touch of grassy hops. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of dry caramel malt, citrus and piney hops with a slight fruity background. Finish is semi-dry with a mild bitter and a fruit aftertaste.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to pepsican - this one has a nice looking golden color with an aroma of straw and citrus. Flavor is mildly hoppy with some smooth maltiness. Decent finish. Not bad, especially for an Iowa beer.
nearbeer (4673) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to General Gao for this 12 oz. Dark tea color with a two-finger head that lasts and leaves some crunchy lace. Spicy pecan and scorched sugar aroma. Tastes of peaches, pecan pie, and just enough resin citrus and oak barrel to balance. Light-medium body is softly carbonated, smooth and slightly dry. Unique and highly drinkable IPA.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from John’s Grocery. Pours a crystal clear auburn with some rising carbonation. No real head and an extremely light lacing. The aroma is not complex or extreme, but some spicy hop and floral notes. The flavor is very straightforward. Malty at first and bitter most of the way through the aftertaste. Grassy, slightly citrus, pretty hoppy. Light bodied and smooth. I really appreciate how direct this beer is. They don’t do anything crazy and keep it pretty simple. A great session beer and very enjoyable. Very balanced too.
fish1877 (2) - Iowa City, USA - JUL 12, 2008 does not count
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Not as hoppy as most IPAs. But well balanced, as advertised. Very pleasant. Hits the spot.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Pepsican for spreading the Iowa beer around. Poured a beautiful orange color. Smell was fairly bready. Flavor was fairly bready as well, some nice backing hops, but I think malt took the lead with this one. Still a decent amount of hops.
daknole (10800) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to pepsican...thanks a ton! Nice pale ale. Amber pour with a nice small white head. Aromas were malty and bready. Flavors were subtle but very nice. Malty with a tad of hops. Nice.
dchmela (2989) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Pepsican for this and packing materials. Pours out a nice copper color with a thin white head. Hoppy slightly doughy aroma. Taste has a nice malty backbone and is balanced with a nice amount of hops. This is an easy drinking ipa that is not an over the top hopbomb. Tasty.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Say... this is tasty. Thanks, pepsican Bright amber pour with minimal head. Malt and fruit (apricot/peach/citrus/etc.) on nose as much as hops. Bit of a wood/outdoor aroma as well. Really pleasant aroma. Taste doesn’t follow through as much as hoped, though still quite good. A bit metallic, a little grainy, more malt, hops, and a little less fruit. A bit spicy and a bit soapy. Seems a bit closer to an American pale ale than IPA to me... in a good way. Closest analog I can think of is Dale’s. Very tasty beer. Exceeded expectations.
ChainGangGuy (4708) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a small, white head.
Smell: Pale maltiness with a touch of caramel and a spicy, woody hop scent.
Taste: Pale and caramel malts with a light sweetness. A bit woody, spicy. Medium bitterness. Finishes bittersweet.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: While nothing to hop up onto the furniture and start screaming at the top of lungs about, it’s still a solid beer. In my opinon, though, it’s better suited to being an APA.