DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer #15 at GTMW, from the Real Ale tent. Very clear, almost pilsener-like color. As a cask beer it has few bubbles and a very thin head. Nice hoppy smell, of course. Great IPA taste with a thin cask mouthfeel; lets the beer slide right on down, so I give the "Palate" the max I can rate. A fine example of a Real Ale style IPA.
cbfobes (2811) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from 22oz bomber, pours a clear golden/amber with a decent white head, the aroma was kind of dull with a little bit of hops on the nose, the flavor really didnít blow me away either, very malty with a finish of slight fruit and hops, kind of a metallic finish as well, I wonder if this is an old bottle or something.
Chudwick (2542) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber - pours pale amber with ivory head. Nose is caramel, a wild field, and a bunch of indiscernible goodies akin to grapefruit. Flavor adds citrus colony that just got paint stripped. Dry. Bitter. Fruity aftertaste. I was hoping for a more pronounced malty backbone, but there wasnít much there. A good thing I didnít rate this three years ago when I was at the brewery; I would have hated it. Now, it is passable for a dipa.
TAR (2526) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2011 New Albanian used to be a formidable brewery (circa 2004), but that is no longer the case. Here is another offering from them which I find to be muddled and unclean.
Draft: Unfiltered apricot. Tiny slow-rising bubbles form a thin rim. Nose is heavy on the grapefruit, peach pit, mango, and doughy yeast. Whisper of pine needles, husky malt, and sweet graham. Carbonation stings the palate with a light prickle. Opens earthily hoppy yet multilayered with an array of juicy citrus notes. Adeptly balanced with a mouthful of chewy malt and honeyed toast. Incredibly quaffable and appropriately bright, due to pockets of passionfruit juiciness which allay the sweetness. Hint of sulfur arises as it warms, but doesnít detract. Also turns a bit husky. Odd combination of toasted malt hulls and alcohol impart perceptible levels of astringency which hinder the bodyís feel. Staunch pinewood does its job, however, and negates the marmalade mushiness while accentuating the dryness. Merely a dab of acidity, and what is there, is kept at bay by the resilient pinewood richness. Closes exceptionally balanced with a magical showcase of flavorful hops, mint leaves, melon seeds, and tightening pine needle bitterness which wash away the lurking trail of toasted malt hulls and biscuity sweetness. Awesome job with this.
glennmastrange (2489) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of roasted and caramel, light orange and dough for the yeast, with a hint of date in the background. Head is large, creamy turning rocky, slightly off-white with excellent lacing and good legs and is mostly lasting. Color is crystal clear dark amber. Flavor starts moderately sweet and finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, a bit syrupy and has a soft carbonation and a moderately astringent finish. A little more malt dominant than most DIPAs and it lacks balance in the flavor. Twas a little disappointing.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Pours hazy orange with lots of bubbles and a thin white head. The aroma is smooth, hoppy, and citric. The flavor has truck loads of leafy hops. Itís pretty bitter, but actually retains the flavor of the hops, and almost gives the impression of eating hop flowers. I could stand for this to be a tad less raw, but it is still a superior brew.
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Amber body with an off-white, frothy head, mostly diminishing. Hop-filled aroma of pine, citrus, sweet orange, grapefruit, pineapple. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately to heavily bitter, a bitterness that lingers. Medium to full body, slightly sticky texture, lively carbonation. Taste of grapefruit and orange juice. But thereís also an undercurrent of raw hops and grain, something Iíve noticed in several New Albanian beers. Leaves the impression of being not quite cleaned up. That aside, this is a tasty double IPA.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Clear amber with a thick, foamy, beige head and some lacing. Aroma of pine, caramel, lemon, herbal tea and toast. Flavor is toasty malt, medium hop bitterness, fruity yeast esters and no alcohol presence. Medium body with soft carbonation. Nice IIPA, seems more on the English style but really good.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap from the St. Louis Microfest. Clear with a golden hue. Bone white head. Nothing but piney zesty hops in the nose. Floral and citrus. Dry and sticky sweet. Mild malt roast with a subtle caramel flavor. Piney! Fín A!
ElGaucho (2329) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
GTM í06, draught. Definite hop aroma but not overly so. Hazy gold color. Large, off-white head that is frothy and creamy. Whoa. Rich, piney hop explosion. Itís hard to believe that you can get this much flavor out of a beer with a color this light. Iíve experienced it before on multiple occasions, but it is still relatively rare. Dry with a lot of alcohol. Really nice beer. I kept referring to this brew as Hoptimator in my notes, so if New Albanian also has a Hoptimator, somebody please let me know. However, I see that several others rated this brew at the 2006 GTM, and Iíd be a little surprised if they brought beers called Hoptimus and Hoptimator!