HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can (12oz). Well the score is pretty high, could this be the Daleís Pale of IPAs? Pours a nice cloudy fairly deep amber with a solid, lasting creamy-rocky straw-coloured head. Has a very UK-style IPA aroma, only the hops are amped up - thereís rye/oatmeal grain character, but mostly herbal, almost sour hops, quite acidic. The taste - once you get past an initial tang of metal from the can (Iím just not sure about cans, sorry, Iím just not the more I try them), you get bold cereal malt and pine duff dryness backing up a solid but not overpowering alpha hit of the hops from the aroma - it finishes bitter, but not monstrous, and the grain sweetness from the cereal malt comes out with some orange zest - really nice. Average body, solid carbonation, acidity and astringency are noted, not much alcohol character, a slight pine resin aftertaste is residual effect - if you have to grab a canned IPA you probably couldnít do better.
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a solid foamy tan head and copper color. Aroma is citrus hops, secondary medium malt. Taste is citrus hops-some bitter, secondary medium malt-some caramel, nice American style IPA. OK carbonation.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz can. Very nice unfiltered, particle-y (not with protein clumps) deep red with a dense, creamy off-white head. Toasted malts, bread and only little floral hop character in the nose. Flavor starts off with a heavy caramel/bready malt presence then gives way to light pine, floral citrusy hops. Full, round and creamy on the palate with mild carbonation. This seems more like a hop-oriented Amber Ale to me.
Foxbush (1250) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hey this is a good one. My first from New England Brewing co. The deep amber color was inviting. The citrus aroma was first to meet the nose. The head was a very frothy 2 finger in thickness. The lacing was dramatic. Every sip is a delicious dose of malt and hops. The finish was smooth with some bitterness. This Sea Hag is a winner. I wonder if more beers are coming South.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a lightly hazy, deep amber color and is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, lightly dirty tan colored head. The beer is quit hop forward with a mix of smooth citrus fruits and sharp pine like herbal notes. Lightly sweet malt notes that are just barely noticeable, yet really serve to boost the citrus hop notes. Interestingly enough the aroma does not have much staying power, after the initial onslaught it becomes much less dominatingly hoppy, actually the herbaceous pine notes are what become the most noticeable after the initial citrus character.
The taste is lightly sweet, but certainly quite hoppy. Notes of candied orange peel, lychee and grapefruit are noticeable immediately. Caramelized malt sugars help to accentuate these notes, and even move to a lightly toasted biscuit like note in the finish. A solid bitterness resides in this beer as well, providing a nice bite to the middle and a bit of lingering clean bitterness in the finish. There is a touch of green, almost astringent, hop character here too, though it is fairly light and actually just adds to the overall hop effect here.
This beer has a nice palate to it; it has just enough body to keep the ample hops in check. I would not call it a session beer by any means, but I certainly would not mind quaffing a couple pints of this brew. Ultimately this is another ode to the concept of craft beer in a can. Please keep on sending these my way.
sloth (2443) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Procured in a trade with jjpm74, Thanks John! 12oz. can: poured a large light tan head with good retention, lacing is coating, sticky and lasting. Quite clear amber hued brew. Nose is spicey, citrusy and somewhat piney with the caramel malts sounding off as well. Medium is the body, prickly carbonation, well rounded mouthfeel. Citrusy, spicey hop flavors. Mildly sweet malts are grainy and lightly toasty. Hops and malts are pretty well balanced out. Fairly dry finish is solidly hopped. Nice brew! Thanks again John!
Pailhead (4574) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can: Courtesy of bu11zeye via trade. The aroma is loaded with piney hops with some chocolate that struggles to get past all the pine. Pours a slightly hazy orangish-red with some sediment a small off-white head. The flavor starts with moderate caramel that quickly fades to a nutty pine finish. It tastes as if you blended an IPA and a brown ale. If youíre specifically looking to drink an IPA, I donít think this is what youíd be looking for.
eaglefan538 (2849) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a rich amber color, nice initial head, very good rings of lacing, nice looking beer. Aroma was hoppy, pine and citrous mostly. Flavor starts with caramel and citrus/pine hop notes, definitely displays some tropical melon type fruits underneath, and finishes with a little bit of an herbal or earthy touch. A pretty neat IPA, mouthfeel is moderate for the style, not sticky, not thick. A decent IPA. Thanks to Bert for sharing this one!
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a rich ruby amber with a light beige head of moderate density and thickness. The nose is incredibly sweet with hops and malts. Sweet pineapple and mango stick out. Foamy and creamy in the mouth, perhaps a tad overcarbonated, but not to the detriment of the beer. The flavors are in line with the aroma, though of a lesser quality, in my opinion. The big tropical fruit hops stick out in the sweet malt, but thereís a toasted to roasted malt muddiness that just doesnít work, and the hops arenít so clean and tight as in the aroma. Still balanced, but a bit more floral bitterness, the finish in particularly bitter, becoming a bit much in the aftertaste. Floral cascade hop notes become particularly evident as time goes on. Aftertaste similar to SNPA, though a bit less clean (and SNPA isnít the cleanest finish out there)
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks nice- clear dark orange color with a thin dense white head. Nice balance between malt and hops. In the aroma there is lots of malt, some wood and sweetness (and maybe some fruit- but mango or something like that). The flavor has the hops, some bitterness to go along with them, and overall is very similar to the aroma- but maybe the fruits come out a bit more, especially in the finish. Smooth palate, medium bodied.