TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, 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 Woodman’s (Oak Creek, WI). Wasn’t 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.
Strykzone (6560) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle bought near Detroit. Clear coppery with a white head. This has a caramel nose with pine and floral hop notes. Sweetness is high. First sip is tasty. A nice little hop bite with plenty of caramel malt. Citrus hops with floral. A hint of cinnamon is a nice touch. I like this beer. It is not really complex but is tasty.
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can from Joe and served in my GI IPA tulip: Pours an amber hue with a great lasting head and above average lacework. the aroma has very light dankness, some citrus and pine along with plenty of bready and caramel malt notes. A bit soapy as well. The taste is restrained bitterness, light candied fruit and some toasted bread with slight sweetness from crystal malts. The mouth feel is smooth and quaffable. Really a tad underwhelming in this day and age of rip ur face off IPA’s... more akin to an APA than IPA.
Cletus (6355) - 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.
Braudog (6255) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at the Ale House. This is a dark amber, rusty beer. DRinks with a sharply bitter edge, but suffers from a terrible, off-putting mashiness, coming across like a bit of sour orange. (#5147, 7/5/2013)
nuplastikk (5709) - 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 it’s lack of alcohol taste, sticky and sweet malt and hop residue. This IPA nails it, classic new school taste.
jgb9348 (5558) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slightly hazy amber coloured body with a copper glow and a super thick, seven centimetre tall tan head that stays very soapy. Aroma of hop pellets with some caramel, malt, light citrus and some herbal hops. Medium-bodied; Assertive grassy and herbal hop flavours, coming from pellets, with a slightly malt kick and a bit of earthiness on the tail end. Aftertaste is relatively mild with some malt, a bit of caramel and a glow of the hops noticeable. Overall, a pretty sub-par beer with some light hop notes and more malt and cardboardie flavours with no complexity and the hops coming from pellets instead of whole flowers. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, Wisconsin on 05-September-2012 for US$1.99 sampled at home in Washington on 12-October-2012.
wlajwl (5552) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2014 Aroma is pine, citrus and sugar/malts. The flavor is grapefruit, berries, citrus, bready malts and a bitter finish.
JPDIPSO (5519) - 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 doesn’t show it’s strength. Balanced and drinkable.
kaser (5502) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark orange pour from 12oz bottle. Cloudy and foggy with white head. Orange and apricot aroma. Juicy fruity taste - better than expected