MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many more thanks to BBB63 for the bottle. Appearance is nothing fancy for an IPA, golden orange color with a thin head. Aroma is a buttery citrus smell, very leafy and smell like cooking. Flavor follows as it is not overly hopped, but the hops dont hide. They standout in the taste, but then fall down to a somewhat smoothed mouthfeel, like melted butter. Palate is wonderful since it has a well rounded bit to it that lasts the entire moutfeel and doesnt kill the beer.
hopdog (9618) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer acquired in trade with BBB63 (thanks!). Poured a medium to dark amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of light pine, flowers, citrus and caramel. Tastes of caramel, butterscotch, and citrus. Medium bitter with a nice malt balance (not your typical overboard bitter IPA). Very good, and I’m glad I had the chance to try this one!
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a growler provided by the Bear!! Medium amber colored, a bit hazy. Long lived whitish head leaves good lacing behind. Nice hoppy aroma, smells floral with a touch of citrus and pine. Very hopped up beer, slight malt balance. Very bitter, sometimes to the point of being harsh. Overall fairly good.
jsquire (3691) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
We had this out of a growler from BBB63. Light orange color with a big, fluffy egg shell colored head. Very nice nose of floral hops and some soft candy nugget. Warm caramel with faint butterscotch sweetness. Full mouthfeel with lots of hop flavors, some grapefruit and faint floral pine. The finish has the rough mown grass bitterness that I find a little harsh. It was better with the pizza.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a growler. Sharp aroma of resiny and citrusy hops, caramel and butterscotch. Hazy amber color, solid white head. Flavor again has that sharp hop character, has some caramel and butterscotch (diacetyl?), very bitter. Medium body, has some mouthfeel from the caramel malt, hop-derived astringency in the finish. Overall, the flavor just seemed a little off. The sharp hop character and butterscotch just wasn’t quite right.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I did think this was a borderline IIPA. What was distinguishable here was a flowery hop component that is usually drowned out by the more citrusy and pine stuff. So a bit of flowers and a nice body, not too thick - that’s what I remember from this glass. Thanks BBB63!
Pailhead (5443) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2005 Growler from Schroppfy’s gathering courtesy of BBB63. Well balanced aroma of malt and citrus and piney hops. Light peach is there too. Pours a hazy golden-orange with an okay white head. Flavors up front are malty with almost a creamy butterscotch flavor. Initially the finish came across very hoppy but then suddenly the hops seemed very subdued and mellow after a few sips.
BBB63 (6394) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at brewery: Slightly hazed deep golden hue topped by a nice creamy head and outstanding lace. The aroma has notes of piney and aromatic hops, pineapple and currants, roasted and bready malts, vanilla, hop spice, and earthy yeast esters. The taste is bitter but balanced enough with fruity undertone. The finish is lightly spicy, moderately bitter and a touch dry and metallic. The overall feel is crisp with a bit of alcohol and bitter bite but isn’t overpowering. I liked this enough to go back and get a growler on my next visit. In a world full of similar American made IPA’s, this one stands out. (Borderline IIPA) Two Hearted fans will like this one, hopheads rejoice!