vulcanmeister (254) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours slightly translucent amber with an abundant frothy head. Aroma hints of resin and sweet malt. Flavor has a definite sweet malt with some roasted malt and a firm undercurrent of citrusy hops. Aftertaste hints of fruit and sweet toasted malt. I’m not really an IPA fan, but this is one civilized brew that I can enjoy.
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010-07-01. Crisp golden yellow with a nice off-white head and great lace. 3+ Flavour is fairly bitter, leafy green hops, grassy notes with just a bit of astringency at times. Muted underlying malt, glimpses of grapefruit. 6+ Very grassy hop aroma. 6+ Smooth average palate. Decent but a bit one dimensional and simple. I would drink it again but not sure I would buy it again. On tap at Seattle International Beer Festival
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent offering, well worth the money and i’d possibly get it again. Just didn’t knock my socks off. not the most memorable IPA, but pretty damn good for it being new belgium. focus was on bitterness, but decent flavor and aroma.
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[3078-20100702] Sample. Fresh evergreen Christmas tree hops aroma. Clear, orange yellow body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head and thick lacing. More evergreen in the flavour with hints of citrus lemon. Medium body. Nice hops, great evergreen profile.
(@ SIB 2010, Seattle, WA)
sloth (2813) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium sized white head with fair retention and lacing. Clear copper/gold in color. Mild nose of spicey hops, citrus and some crystal malts. Body is almost medium, good carbonation, lightly oily. Lightly sweet caramel malts with a nice hop backing, citrus and lighter pine notes with a bit of fruity earthyness. Fairly dry finish with a decent hop bitterness. An easy quaffer. 6er procured at a Lowes grocery store in Callabash N.C.
DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Central Market. Aroma is that of a typical IPA, just maybe not as fragrant as most. Smells of sweet citrus, floral with little "new carpet" undertone. Color is light yellowish-orange with a minimal white head. Starts off sweet on the palate and finishes a tad bitter, but not as bitter as a lot of other IPAs. Refreshing...a decent summer beer if you crave something that is refreshing AND has more flavor than a lager or pilsner.
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft from Growler’s Pub. Pours clear gold with a small white head. Aroma of herbal hops, vegetal notes, pale malts, straw, and pine. Flavor of pine resin, herbal notes, malts, vegetal notes, straw, and honey. Light-medium bodied, with a bitter mouthfeel and carbonation snap. Mellows as it goes down. Dry finish. Not bad, good summer IPA.
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This balanced India Pale Ale presents citrusy and floral hops with lightly biscuity, honeyed cereals for a perhaps generic, but still competent and enjoyable pint.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the cloudy blond.
-The intensity of the hop aroma is levelled with the hop flavour and bitterness.
-The hop finish is mostly wooden and leafy.
-The mouthfeel is healthy; not too thin, not too bulky.
On tap at the Oakland Coliseum.
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent IPA, if rather uninspired. Hops is the name of the game with this beer, but it’s underwhelming in the aroma (which is nice....just a little weak) and also in the flavor (which is very one dimensional). Might make for a good crossover to IPAs, as the hops are kept in check. However, for a hophead this leave much to be desired.
Dogbrick (11607) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Homerwantsbeer for sharing a bottle. This brew pours a clear yellow-orange color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing. Aroma of citrus, hops and malt. Medium body with flavors of citrusy hops along with sweet malt and herbs. The finish is moderately bitter with a hoppy aftertaste. Above average overall.