arminjewell (6177) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours hazy orange with white head, aroma of some vegetal hops, touch of caramel. Taste is weird vegetal, almost too much so on the hop front, leading to an average malt bill, finishing a bit bitter but not enough. Weak IPA, but also weird tasting.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Salty peanut nose with a bit of caramel malts. The taste is rather metallic with caramel, copper and a bit vegetal. Bleh.
LinusStick (2855) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A very weird IPA. Not very good. Aroma was very weak. Caramel and maple syrup. Pour was a nice dark red with an off white ring for a head. Taste was not very good at all. Burnt caramel with a copper backbone. Very little hops to speak of. The aftertaste is a little bitter and dry, but the strong burnt caramel flavor doesn’t let up enough to let the hops shine. Decent carbonation. Blah
jgb9348 (4740) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slightly hazy deep amber coloured body with a copper glow. Aroma of caramel, light hops, a bit of musty funk and a touch of toffee and nuts - interesting. Medium-bodied; Light hops start the taste, balanced with a good malt backbone and then showing some malt and nuts with a little herbal kick. Aftertaste relatively mild with a little hops and mostly sweet caramel finishing off the flavour - no real hop bitterness at all. Overall, a pretty subpar beer for the style and definitely showing a lot less hops than expected. This one is more of a slightly hoppier Amber Ale if anything. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Siciliano’s in Grand Rapids, Michigan on 06-November-2010 for US$2.29, sampled at home in Washington on 26-November-2010.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear and copper, not a lot of head but moderate lacing. Nose is caramel and slightly hoppy, but not as much as I’d expect. There’s a roast note in there too. The hop aromas are more towards the citrus/floral end and not very resiny. Mouthfeel is very creamy and carbonation is moderate. Nice sweet malt body up front, moderate bittering on the finish, lingers nicely, crisp, fresh...pretty good beer.
bth122 (1268) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampler on draft. Poured a copper color. Floral aroma. Med bitterness. Med bodied. Slightly over carbonated, fizzy. Indeed very fresh floral hop tasting. Just not one my faorite ipas. Fairly easy to drink though.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Medium orange-brown, slightly hazy body, thin clumping cream head. Biscuity, cerealy nose with grassy, herbal hops. Toasty, biscuity body, rather dry, with oily, grassy, soapy hops resins, these imparting a somewhat tangy quality to the palate. Bitter finish. Slick, not really a hops bomb, but resinous and saggy.
Finhead (1187) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hazy amber pour with orange fringes and white head. It has an earthy hop aroma mixed with some wheat and faint spices. The taste begins mildly sweet with an oily texture and lively carbonation. The bitterness in the finish slowly creeps up, but it manages to stay pretty balanced.
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber pour with a light tan head. Aroma is hops with a little malt behind it. Nice balance in the hops and malt in the taste. It leaves an ok hop taste in the mouth. Really nothing sticks out in this beer. Little piney, so so lacing.
EithCubes (4911) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nose of citrus and bread with light grass and pine, also has some fruity, floral notes I more commonly associate with teas. Copper pour with rose edges and a tan head. Taste is sharp and lightly tangy, caramel and toffee with low bitterness but good gritty dry tones. Yummy new fresh flavors, bread and bread crust, sweet citrus and flower, grapefruit and subtle spicing, and a surprising amount of rose hips (!). Some dank resin, tobacco, honeydew and cantaloupe, and mango juice. Juicy medium body. I think this is getting some undo negativity due to its deviation from the typical IPA style template - considered as a beer unto itself, this is unique and delicious!