LinusStick (2738) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A decent IPA. Aroma was nice. Vanilla (?), roasted caramel and a nice piney hoppiness. Pour was a somewhat cloudy dark gold with a one finger off white head. Taste was nice and hoppy. Pine earthiness and an underlying burnt caramel that sweetens the beer after the bitterness lets go. Aftertaste dries the tip of the tongue with hoppy goodness.
Dedollewaitor (13372) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Ulfborg Friday Night Tasting Session. Thanks to J&C. Pours hazy orange with a small creamy white head. Nose is hoppy and malty. Buiscuit, peach and citrus. Very bitter and dry for a single Ipa but especieally the nose is too sweet.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks to Rich.
Hazy orange gold with a decent white head. Sweet barley wine type character with a big dollop of grassy hops and reasonable bitterness. Plenty of fruit, hints of card, big sweetness. Hmm, well... The lights are on but there is no one home. Borrrrrrrrrrrring.
Vikingbrew (193) - Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden color with white head. Very bitter IPA with pine and citrus hops. Good. Definitely West coast style.
yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Poured a dull light copper color with an off white head and a hint of lace. The initial burst of aroma is a flavorful rose scent quickly followed by a root vegetable hop scent. Flavors of raw vegetable and celery make up much of the hop body. This is a hoppy almost metallic IPA with a bitter ending.
Strykzone (4386) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A hazy honey gold pour with a one finger off white head. A toasty aroma with some nice citrus, pine, and caramel. This IPA is pretty much down the middle for style. Some nice tart and bitter hops that are well balanced by caramel. A bit of applesauce. There is nothing really exceptional here but it is a nice solid IPA.
Crit (3218) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy deep gold,small beige head.Piney spicy hop nose.Clean malt start,sweet malt & citrus hop mid. Big spicy hop bitter finish.Good body
Wolfenkopf (170) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is obviously hoppy to the point of being garrish. There’s no question upon taking a wiff of this brew that it is an IPA, but there is nothing more to it when you take that first sip. The taste is acceptable and clean, but beholds no surprises or anything special. The bitterness of the hops tends to inhibit one’s overall enjoyment. The palate is plastered with hops for some time afterward, but fortunately it is not longlasting. For an IPA rated at 6.5% abv, this brew is enjoyable, but not over a great amount of time. One 22 ouncer is almost too much to endure, nevermind having a second. While Goose Island’s IPA or Ska’s Modus Hoperandi can be enjoyed until the six-pack is gone, this one has run its course by the bottom of the first big bottle. For someone not versed in IPA’s, this one is a good intermediate.
TomDecapolis (4386) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a lightly hazy golden orange with a smaller creamy/bubbly off white head that left lacing. Aroma of wonderful floral and orange hop notes, some fruity American yeast notes and a touch of caramel. Flavor of resiny hops, grapefruit, some floral notes. A very light bready malt quality. A little bit on the thin side, very dry.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose of toasted malts, light caramel, strong fresh earthy hop notes with hints of citrus and dank. Pours dark golden with a thin non lasting head. The flavor starts toasty with strong earthy fresh hop bitterness finishing with light caramel and long lasting fresh hoppy flavors and bitterness. Dry finish. Good.