kseecs16 (1182) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, purchased at the pub. Pours a hazy copper amber with noticeable effervescence. Head is thin, off-white and leaves thing lines and dots of laing. Aroma is rich, spicy with some hints of orange citrus. Flavor is soapy, citrus with some pine. Finishes spicily bitter. Medium bodied with a moderate lingering bitterness.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured hazy, rich amber with a dense cap of beige head. The aroma picked up sweet, juicy oranges and grapefruit over caramel and bready notes.. very, very, very sweet, but I was feeling the candied aspect. The flavor found sweet caramel and orange meat at the core, with orange peel and floral bitterness around.. lots of residual sugars on the back.. again a lot like moderately hopped-up candy. Medium-bodied and sweeter than it needed to be on the palate.. very easy to drink, with a decent flow across the palate.. Iíd probably have another.
nuplastikk (4090) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Hazy, thick, in no way filtered amber-orange color. Rather straightforward as far as US IPAs go, with a nice depth of malt and hop balance. A sweet, sandy caramel malt upfront tone is washed away in a sea of smooth, earthy, green hops. Somewhat clean in itís lack of alcohol taste, sticky and sweet malt and hop residue. This IPA nails it, classic new school taste.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy, light amber color with a diminished head of tiny bubbles forming a lid and a nice sheet of lace. Initial burst of fresh hops slowly gives way to some caramel and floor malt scents. Hops continue to stay in the background, but do not always require full attention. Moderately sweet. A floral hops presence. Some caramel and dough flavors creep in. A very light fruitiness. Call it east coast or traditional, I like it. Perhaps it leans toward just being a pale ale, but it doesnít show itís strength. Balanced and drinkable.