Brigadier (2880) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle
Maybe it was past its prime, maybe it is was a bad batch, or maybe the recipe is just flawed but this particular bottle was an example in how not to make an IPA. Uninteresting from start to finish its only saving grace were hints of the style from time to time. Otherwise there’s not much to say.
Aroma / Appearance - A fizzy white head and cloudy golden body weren’t too far off the mark. However even just looking at the glass this beer seemed uninspired and mundane. Cactus, wet leaves, and soggy cornflakes seem to indicate that somewhere in the brewing process something went wrong unless that’s what they were aiming for.
Flavor / Palate - Graininess permeates the palate with a slightly unpleasant feel like unfiltered water and tea leaves. Rye bread tries to divert the attention from a wave of boring hops but fails. With less malt or more hops this might be salvageable. Right now however it is a beer with a major identity crisis.
wxman (1393) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy pale amber with a decent white head. Aroma is citrus. didn’t expect much of a hop presence from Moerlein, but I was pleasantly surprised. Although not enough to please a real hophead, this IPA has a real good citrus and pine character to it with moderate bitterness. Sweet toasted malt also comes through along with a little maple syrup. Very good effort!
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A cloudy orange appearance with a white head. The aroma contains some citrus like oranges. The flavor is tame and malty not very good. None of the bite I expect in an IPA. Easy drinking and boring. I’m not a fan of this at all.
jmagnus87 (2401) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Chucks poured into a shaker. Pours a clear amber with about 1 finger of frothy off-white head. Aroma of pine and citrus. Taste is medium-light bitter and very lightly sweet. Taste of light citrus and heavy pine. Medium bodied with an oily and slick texture. Lively carbonation and a long bitter finish. Overall, pretty good. I would drink it again.
fanofIPAbeer (12) - Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like it- thanks Jungle Jim’s. Not a Stone or a Torpedo or a Two hearted but I like it quite a bit.
SpringsLicker (3119) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is a slightly hazy gold with a sticky off-white head.
Juicy sweet malt aroma is played off by the fresh citrusy hop aromas.
The flavor is towards the bitter side, but not overly so. Nice long dry hop finish. Medium body.
Chipalsa (1307) - Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks light, fading yellow and a sloppy head. Light hops and grapefruit, nothing special. Tasted great, but again nothing special except for a refreshing lingering bitterness.
DrSilverworm (6002) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at sausagefest 2011. Orange color, off white head. Drinkable. Lightly pine, some citrus. Refreshing.
Finhead (1150) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark gold pour with an off-white head. The aroma is mostly grassy hops. The medium body has an oily texture and average carbonation. The taste is mildly bitter from start to finish.
Drjohnrock (428) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Arnold’s on May 19, 2011. Moderate to dark ambe color, small off white head, moderate piney nose, body a little thinner than expected, good bittersweet flavor with the hops really coming through after somewhat watery initial mouthful. Not spectacular, but overall a solid IPA