meininger (1) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2013 does not count
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not as bitter as some IPAs. On tap in Minneapolis at the Leaning Tower Pizzeria.
---Rated via Beer Buddy
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours medium orange and clear. Frothy, white, standing head. Nose is fresh spicy citrus up front with a heavy background of sweet fruity hops and some malt sweetness. Flavor is grapefruit rind blended with some mild caramel malts, bready malts, and all kinds of fresh fruit complexities. Smooth bitterness but starts to linger on your palate. Enjoyed this beer.
ThisWangsChung (827) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark gold color with nice clarity. The head is a nice-looking three finger offwhite shade. It has a good frothiness to it, and also retains very well. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass.
S: I half-imagined this would be similar to a bigger version of Ranger, and the herbal hop tones mixed with biscuity yeast told me I was right. Thereís something not entirely right sitting with me aromatically that I canít put my finger on, so Iím docking points.
T: I donít like how the biscuity flavors interact with the hop profile; it almost creates a vague ammonia-esque flavor. Anyways, this unpleasant flavor fades away right before the middle of the brew, being supplanted with light piny qualities, a touch of citrus, and caramel malt. At first, Iím not enthused by the opening flavors, but they do fade away leaving a reasonable but unassuming DIPA.
M: Dry and crisp. The finish washes away some of the less pleasant notes well, which helps inspire additional drinkability. This is probably the best feature.
O: I was expecting an imperialized Ranger, and I got an imperialized Ranger...for better or worse. Like Ranger, I could see this one being significantly better on tap. The dry, easy drinking nature does an okay job of covering up its flaws, but there are still far superior options out there that you should pick up instead - and not even its price point can sway me otherwise.
Fatehunter (2068) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a big (too big) foamy head. Clear, medium straw colored body.
Nice aroma of pine and lemon; a little blunted grapefruit.
The taste is a dry pine bitterness throughout with an underlying sweetness that takes the edge off the bitter. Nice balance.
The texture is crisp with low to moderate carbonation.
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear and tan, big white head that had good staying power.
Nose has tons of sharp hops notes, very earthy, slightly solventy, slightly metallic.
Flavor is intense bitterness, lots of strong hops flavor, some tropical fruit, plenty of earthiness, and again, a slightly metallic note.
Body is dry, medium, with pretty good carbonation and a strong bitter finish.
Overall itís pretty good but doesnít really stand out. The slightly metallic notes and intense bitterness without a lot to balance it out. Itís not something I can drink more than one of in a sitting.
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden orange pour with a nice white head. Grapefruit, pine, and floral hops. Bright citrus, a touch of pineapple, and some pine. Lightly grassy and sweet. The flavor is dry and crisp with just a hint of bread sweetness. Grass, flowers, and lots of grapefruit zest. Some orange, pine, and a little bit of bitterness on the finish.
egardner01 (13) - Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2013 Bottle. Crystal clear amber-yellow color. Pungent hop aroma, floral and almost perfumey with some cut grass. Great mouth feel. Tastes acidic with firm bitterness and resinous aftertaste. Its missing malt balance but otherwise a very good beer.
pablo951 (607) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had it on tap at World of Beer in Evanston IL. Poured an orange hue with even lacing. The aroma smelled like marijuana :) and the taste was hop bitter.
tia (1547) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. I get floral and grapefruit. Dark golden with thin head and decent lacing. Flavor is sweet then bitter. Slick, moderate bitter finish.
nearbeer (4678) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pints on tap. Hazy, golden pear color with a lasting cover of cream. Dank herb, starches, caramel, resin and grapefruit in the aroma. Flavors are grapefruit, caramel, green herb, and resin. Medium body is well balanced, has medium carbonation and is dangerously drinkable.