TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2010 22 oz bottle from Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Pours a dulled golden orange, lightly hazed and very bubbly, an eggshell white decent sized with decent lacing. Aromas are earthy hops, florals and bitterness, a bit dank and dry, not too citrusy. A bit of grainy malt, but largely dry hop forward. Initial is medium bitterness, florals and grass, faint citrusy, with dough and biscuits, typical NB malt body, but a dry and fairly decent hop bite. Finish is dry and malty, telltale malts that I donít care for too much. Bit more smicoe comes in which really I like, but it isnít enough to save it from the typical NB Maltbill. Ok, not my kind of IPA. A decent effort.
allendodd (115) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a filtered crystal clear yellow orange with a thin yellow head. Nose is light hoppy with citrus and pine. taste is the same without much malt backing. The malt sweetness is more a hint of honey, but a thin flavor that doesnít fill out this beer. Mouth feel is more creamy than I expected and more suggestive of a beer of greater substance than this one. Finish is dry and a little too sharply bitter. Thanks for leaving the bottle, Mike. Sorry I didnít share. Iíll treat next time.
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This came in a 12 pack, so it was a pleasant surprise. Letís see. It is a light golden color with a good head. Smelled really strong of hops. The hops in the taste dominates. A really strong, thick hop flavor. Nearly unbearable. There isnít much to smooth it out. If you enjoy hops and only hops, then this is it.
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a light amber with a thin head. Aromas of pine and bread. Good hop flavor up front with just the right amount of sweetness to balance it out. I was hesitant to buy a six of this, but Iím glad I did. A suprisingly well-crafted IPA.
Mora2000 (5924) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours orangish-yellow with a large white head. The aroma is pine and orange, but is not as strong as I expected. The flavor is orange with medium bitterness. Some grassy and flowery hop aromas as well as some grapefruit notes in the flavor, but there is a slight soapiness that distracts from the overall beer. The finish is bitter orange. Thin-medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft from trappeze. By far this is nbís best offering. Nice, sessionable ipa. Dry finish. Good. Maybe theyíll start making more beers like this.
Finhead (1308) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A clear golden pour with a rocky white head. A wonderfully hoppy aroma full of pine. The taste has a medium bitterness with some bubblegum in the background. This medium body brew has average carbonation and a dry, bitter finish.
Sammy (9326) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed on-tap at the Tops Tasting Room. A very good drinking IPA. High carbonation, but the bitterness is right there. Above average mouthfeel. Medium yellow with lts of head that leaves it lacey.Hoppy aroma.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear medium gold with a one finger white head that leaves nice lacing. The nose is malt and light citrus hops. The taste is sweet citrus, caramel and light tart grapefruit that doesnít linger for long. Medium bodied. Decent beer, comes off more like an American Pale though.
undsioux7 (835) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pourse clear light gold with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit and pine,with a touch of malt. The taste is the same with the hops up front and a good malt backbone. decent.