BBB63 (6502) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and served in Bells snifter: Pours a nice looking amber hue with a small but lasting rocky and frothy off-white head, good lace. The aroma has notes of grassy and resiny hops, some citric esters, bubblegum, caramel and bready malts, a bit of chlorophenols and soap. The taste is well balanced with a moderate to light handed bitterness to work in conjunction with sweet and pale malts. The hop character and hop spice tone does kick in a bit more toward the medicinal finish. A slightly yeasty and juicy fruit bubblegum quality to it. The mouth feel is sprite and easy to drink, a tad chalky and metallic. Overall a good brew but more akin to an APA then an IPA IMO, perhaps even a hoppy amber ale. I think the ratings here are a bit rough and critical, style be damned I like this beer.
gormanb (173) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
aroma- roasted caramel malt, spicy hop, grass, sugars. pours dark amber with thick resilient head. taste is brown sugar, bread, roasted malt, pine, hints of coffee and chocolate in finish, lingering bitterness. palate is thin, lightly carbonated, light-medium body.
arminjewell (8749) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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 (3036) - 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 (5171) - 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 (416) - 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 (1347) - 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 (3190) - 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 (1400) - 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.