alexsdad06 (3043) - Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ the brew pub. Pours a dark clear mahogany color with a medium fizzy beige head that leaves a thick crown. The aroma is subdued but includes citrus hops, roasted malts, and a slight chocolate sweetness. The flavor is citrusy hops, roasted malt, and dark chocolate, with the bitterness lingering through the finish. Smooth and creamy to drink. There are better IPA’s around, but this was a solid choice.
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2007
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler poured into a Tulip. Pours black with a small off-white fizzy head. The aroma is not much, a little bit of roast followed by a hint of citrus hops. Taking the first drink the first thing you taste is grapefruit hops. There is a slight coffee/roast finish as it goes down, but the finish is quite bitter with a citrusy finish that lasts along time once the beer is gone. As you drink it there is excellent lacing but no head. The body is medium with a creamy texture and soft carbonation.
Tmoney99 (8789) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at brewpub. Poured clear brown color with a moderate white fizzy head that diminished slowly with excellent lacing. Good complex toasted sour citrus aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Well balanced bittersweet flavor with a moderate smooth bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good drinkable brew.
lampeno420 (321) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
had a taster of this first at the brewery last night. after that, had to get a 16oz. very refreshing IPA. nice and cold, from the tap, i could drink a lot more of these. very dark and creamy IPA, with a few great different flavors.
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler. dark black. smell strong of hops and some roasted malt. starts off like an IPA and finishes with a watery chocolate roast finish. I agree with badnewsbeers on this one.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
murky black body with small off-white head...aroma and flavor are quite watered down in nature...starts off floral in nature, and finishes with a watered down chocolate malt backbone....nothing too complex here, and nothing too special either...palate is nice
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, opaque thin tan head. Nose is sweet and thing. Taste initially sweet with malts and cream then direct bitter but not clearly from the hops. Roasted malts. Good.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap @brewpup: poured a deep dark brown with a miniscule tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts with some fherbal hop notes. medium bodied with a roasted chocolate malt flavor backed with citrus and floral hops, with a nice bitter finish. A decent beer, but I prefer the regular hatter.
Silphium (2972) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at New Holland. Basically an IPA with chocolate malts and a roastier character. Poured a nearly opaque dark brown with a thin off-white head. Piney hops aroma with some toasty, chocolatey notes. Strong grapefruit and pine hops flavors with expected chocolate and roasted malt balance. Medium-bodied, decent complexity, bitter finish. Not a bad beer but I recommend the much superior Founders Black Rye for a similar, if more interesting, tasting experience.