argo0 (10388) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar. Medium, beige head atop clear copper body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, peach, orange, light bread. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, bread, some orange, light cantaloupe. Light-medium body, some chewiness, ridiculously drinkable.
Lubiere (8243) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An orange amber IPA with a thin off white head. In aroma, classic pinhey hops, citrus pulp, caramel malt. In mouth, a smooth biscuit with piney hops, citrus, candy sugar, very nice. Bottle at Istmus Beer and Cheese Fest, Jan 21 2012.
Ratman197 (7631) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle poured aclear orange amber with a lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of bread, earthiness and light citrus. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of bread and earthiness with a smooth earthy finish.
CaptainCougar (7093) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to nuplastikk: Pours a transparent deep golden amber with a wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of fresh piny grapefruity hops and some sweet caramely malt. Starts with pretty good fullness and sweet toasty pale malty notes with a nice resiny hop balance before a drier, crisp bittersweet finish. An enjoyable IPA.
womencantsail (6896) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly hazed orange pour with a khaki head. Mediocre hop aroma of grass, flowers, pine, and orange peel. A bit of green apple, straw, and some sweet caramel. The taste is kind of astringent and bitter. Pine, grass, and floral hop notes, mild citrus, and some sweet caramel and bread notes.
Ughsmash (6670) - Waukesha, 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.
Cletus (6182) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of ughsmash. Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of resin, metallic, soapy. Tastes resiny and sticky with some molasses undertones and an earthy, slightly bitter finish.
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.
crossovert (4565) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2012 Labeled as IPA or India Pale Ale. No date or abv. I believe this is brand new to bottles.
Pours a deep darkish amber with hints of orange and brown. It has a nice 2 finger white head that has nice retention and recedes to some nice lacing
The smell is very reminiscent of English IPA the hops are slightly piney but it also has that indescribable British ale aroma. The yeast and malt is at work here too.
The hops are amped up in the flavor, I kinda disagree with the malt flavor in this one, it isnít sweet enough to complement the hops or flavorful enough to replace them. The hops are predominantly piney with a hint of grassy bitterness. They are prevalent but perhaps a bit one deimensional, you get the same decent piney bitterness each sip.
The mouthfeel is very nice though, moderate carbonation with a nice fullness. The drinkability is also high, It seems very sessionable.
Perhaps a DIPA or a more hop oriented IPA is in the wings for this brewery but as a session ipa this one works well.
Overall it is good, but could be better, this brewery seems like it could do big things in the future.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-11-2010 22:54:36
Edit: If Hop Happy is indeed the same as the IPA then it got a whole lot worse. They tasted like 2 totally different recipes, the new one is buttery as all fuck.
TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from Woodmanís (Oak Creek, WI). Wasnít available when I stopped by the brewery. Pours a rich deep copper pour, striking hues offer a firm glow and some haze. Fiery deep reddish hues with a fluffy brighter white head that becomes a good layer, laces ok overall. Sticks around. Aromas are biscuity and hoppy, gentle sticky sweetness, touches of oxidation, and mellow lemon and florals. Touches of toffee, pale malts, toast. A bit faded it seems. Initial is medium bodied offering a firm lemony and soapy hopping up front, grass and florals, touches of citrus and dry bitterness up front. Touches of toast and biscuits come into the fold, with some gentle caramel. Quite dry and striking earthy hops linger into middle and finish, touches of soap and florals, some mellow yeastiness. Dry biscuits and bread, toast. Lacks complexity, but works on the palate. Doable, a firm yet forgettable IPA that seems just a touch fades yet still firmly bitter.