Smeade (80) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
S: darker than anticipated, rusty brown, white head, not much lacing,
A: bittersweet chocolate, a little hops, a little malt, not much else, very light
T: not very bitter, slightly dry, not much malt, quick finish
O: decent beer, but was hoping for more; got a 4-pack from new holland & thought it could be really good, the score is accurate, it is decent, but not special
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at New Holland last week. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a moderate caramel color with a touch of a reddish hue. Good lacing. The nose carries faint hoppy notes along with some light bready malt. The flavor is pretty similar. Nothing too hoppy from a beer called Hopivore. Light-medium body with good carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Decent, but nothing to come back to.
cheap (5153) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at the mad mex robinson. A little darker than a pale lager. Very little head. Hoppy fer sure but seems to be a little more refined than your typical IPA. I would have said it really does not get into IPA territiry until the finsh, where the bitterness starts to build. Yes, except for the finish, this is a pretty mild and refined IPA.
574deadzone (1353) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From back in November. I have high hopes for the future of Michigan hops and hop growing. The climate and latitude are well suited to hop production, particularly in the northern parts of the Lower Peninsula in the cherry growing section of the state (hello Traverse City!). This beer is probably miscast as an IPA: the hops used did not impart any kind of citrus or floral elements. Perhaps a little pine, certainly some earthiness, but nothing that I was expecting, which led to disappointment. It wasn’t a bad looking beer at all, but just underwhelming on the whole. I would be interested to see how this beer could change over the next decade or longer as Michigan hops continue to evolve and hopefully catch up with other hop-growing parts of the country.
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I don’t really get an aroma. Color is a light copper, and the beer is clear. Head laces to edge. First taste is a sharp hop flavor. Body is somewhat thin. The hop flavor never develops until the aftertaste kicks in.
Somewhat of a disappointment
thedm (5499) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mild hop malt aroma. Strongly tingly start to finish. Strong hop palate. Strong hop flavor. Very nice balanced hoppy brew.
Pailhead (6358) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, fruit, and light grass. It pours transparent amber with a touch of haze and a one finger off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film outline by a thicker ring. There is some spotty lacing left behind. The flavor starts with light-moderate fruit with light caramel. The finish has some very mild citrus hops with light grass notes. It’s medium bodied with with mild carbonation. Overall...it’s flat out not hoppy enough for my IPA preferences and a far cry from anything that I would associate as wet hopped.
bookman10 (880) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a coppery, reddish-brown with mid-sized head. Not quite as pronounced in bitterness as your typical IPA. This was kind of muted as far as the pine/citrus thing I’d generally expect from most IPAs.
thegreenrooster (3895) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is a dark orange with a small white head. Aroma is minimal hops but there is this burnt smell there that takes over. Flavor is slightly hoppy with a sweet malt base. Any flavor is gone after the swallow. Not the best effort by this brewer.
ICEatALAMO (1276) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2011
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rare, fresh flavors is right, but just not the rare tastes I was looking for. The hops are very bitter, but doesn’t leave a horrible after taste. Good up front, but not very desirable much after the initial taste. The aroma is not very good either.