Onslow (1318) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Deep copper brown brew with one finger of dense off white head. Good head persistence and ample lacing. Nice aroma of light hops, toasted malts, earth, and a ’green’ scent like fresh cut grass or crushed green leaves. Taste is lightly toasted malts with some sweet overtones, gentle hoppiness throughout the swallow with a very modest floral assertion in the finish. The green chlorophyl taste and a bit of earthiness lunk in the background, with the fresh green taste asserting itself modestly in the finish. This strikes me as a fine English Pale Ale, maybe an English IPA, not nearly hopped up enough to be a modern IPA. I don’t know why they chose the name Hopivore, which (to me) implies hopped up to the max (which this isn’t). Well - if you can get beyond the mis-match in the labelling and if you are looking for a great tasting brew this is great tasting and unique ale!
jtw (1149) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours out a nice amber color with light carbonation, and minimal head and lacing. a musty, dusty, earthy hops aroma over a slightly toasty malt body; more inviting than bracing. I wonder if the hops have diminished somewhat in this short time between the hops harvest in Michigan and now, as the character is more of an english IPA than an american IPA. pleasant and certainly hoppier than something like an amber ale, but i think calling it an IPA is a bit of a stretch. having said that, it’s quite tasty with a nice body and clean finish that leaves the glass very enjoyably.
DrSilverworm (9445) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Clear, orange bronze color. Minimal off-white head. Nice, typical juicy-resin hop flavor, but a bit subdued. Crisp, lighter carbonation. Mild dryness. Good bitterness with a bit of sweet.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
hazy orange, respectable off white head, lacy. caramel and piney hops in the nose. caramel and pine in the flavor. medium bodied, bitter finish. an enjoyable ipa. my notes simply say ’yum’.
jcwattsrugger (11751) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle-Small Gathering @my place shared by jtclockwork-pours a light tan head and copper color. Aroma is pine hops, medium malt-caramel. Taste is pine hops, medium malt-caramel. OK carbonation.
jstraw (1951) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasting this a bit past its prime - Orange-amber with decent, creamy, white head / Nose of caramel, toast, and cooked citrus / Medium body, somewhat fat, malty with only modest hopping and lightly sweet finish / Flavors of toast, caramel, and cooked fruit / Below average with no fresh hop character.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a very dark caramel orange color with burnt orange edges when held to a light and a one finger frothy off-white head that quickly dissolves into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
Sweet caramel malt aroma with faint earthy hops. Subtle citrus and earthy pine needle presence but the nose is overpowered by the malt notes. Hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit and nut.
Medium bodied with more of a hop presence than the aroma suggests. Dry, resinous and slightly bitter with an earthy floral presence and some piny flavor. This is countered by a sweet malt profile with hints of caramel and biscuit. The hop flavor is kind of one-dimensional while not being very flavorful and the malt presence is a bit to strong for my preference. Not a fan of this one.
crossovert (10313) - Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle.
It pours a clear copper color with a foamy white head. It sticks for a bit and leaves some nice lacing.
The smell is standard pale ale fair, it isn’t much, a kiss of hops with a big candy/caramel malt presence.
The flavor follows. It is mellow, the hops seem quite vegetal. Low bitterness, low carboantion.
It is an average APA.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-17-2010 02:44:18
blipp (7603) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Pours amber with an off white head. Earthy floral hoppy aroma with some sweet toffee malt. The flavor has toffee and herbal/floral hops. Not bad.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5965) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark caramel color with a large foamy orange-beige head that lingered and produced a bit of lacing. The aroma was faint caramel and vague fruit. The flavor was sour caramel with light vague fruits and a touch of nut. Bland really. Long caramel finish. Medium body, fairly smooth. Eh.