tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Orange/grapefruit citrus hoppiness in the nose. Slight haze, straw coloured with pillowy white large bubbled head. Slightly phenolic flavour. Hops apparent but malt character is subdued. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy. Fairly simple and a bit plain. Bottle (thanks Muzzlehatch - proud to be one of them Canucks).
jimhilt (2340) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 3, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 Pours a two-fingered white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Strong hoppy nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts hoppy with a hint of sweetness in the background; finish is hoppy with a bitter after taste as the brewer has loaded it with three hops. $1.70 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light amber with a small off white head. Dry hop aroma with a hint of toast. Tasted more like a slightly hopped up western pale ale than an IPA. Poor balance between hops & malt with the hops coming through in a forced way. Finish was a little bitter but mostly unremarkable. This beer has a great name but thatís where the positives end.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Name: Summer Ale
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
hazy gold, wispy off white head, specks of lace,
sweet malt aroma with light floral hops,
light malt flavor, touch of crystal sweetness, light balancing bitterness,
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Looks: a clear apricot, nice cap of dotted suds above.
Smells: fresh and fruity, but a little too mellow for me.
Tastes: hoppy, ...a bit. Brisk, highly carbonated, coppery. Average in all respects, Iím stretching about a bit to give it the benefit of doubt, but I have to put an end to the deliberations and say Iím disappointed. This is a dud of an IPA. Just falls flat on the palate, and dies there.
Overall: Bluh. No fun.
mbrandon2w (109) - Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
hard pour gets a thick, dense head. nice copper color. TONS of proteins in suspension. malty, nutty aroma. Flavor really follows the malty nutty aroma, with a good bitterness. I donít smell any citrus, which i expected from the cascades. it does have a nice creamy mouthfeel. Mediocre IPA really.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2004
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sour armpit aroma, lageresque, with old fruit. Quickly dissipating head and no lacing. Very hoppy flavor with some sour malt spine. Fruity finish. This is beer that proves that you canít just add a lot of hops to a brew and call it an IPA. Donít they taste it before they put it on the market?
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 3, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with jjpm74, thanks John!) Ew, my first whiff of this beer is not pleasant. Well, not unpleasant per se, but it smells sour, which would be okay for some styles, but not an IPA, so I guess Iím more taken aback than anything else. As I keep smelling and smelling the beer to kill my "sour" receptors, a vague maltiness timidly emerges. But ack, the flavor is equally disappointing, and is just the kind of IPA I do not like. Itís bitter. Not a pleasant hoppy bitter, not a pleasant roasty bitter, just nasty bitter to me. The minimally sweet, and lightly roasty maltiness is thrown to the mat by the bitterness, which by the finish, obnoxiously pumps its fist high overhead in victory to a chorus of boos from this audience. Sour grapefruit is in the flavor too, but it doesnít seem to match up with the sourness Iím getting in the nose, and for some bizarre reason is triggering flashbacks to a Flemish Sour I once drank. Medium bodied, and fairly crisp on the palate, given the general lack of sweetness, but the bitter hang is atrocious. Light amber color. Small, whitish head settles quickly to a wide ring, and a few slashes of lace remain behind on the glass. This beer is just a mess, throwing me in all directions. Not the most pleasant drinking experience.
TheBeerLover (1019) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Maelstrom IPA pours to a deep golden to light amber color with a thin white head that fades, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer has some citric/lemony aromas from the dry hopping of Cascades, but with dry hopping, I was expecting more. The body on this beer is very thin, with virtually no malt backbone. The beauty of a great AIPA is the fact that the hop is the star of the show, but it needs malt to play a major supporting role. There is a faint hint of caramel malt flavor, on a thin and watery body, and I think I might get just a touch of fruit as well. Maelstrom IPA finishes with a big, harsh, smack of citric and piney bitterness that lingers on the tongue.
One dimensional hop juice is the best way to describe this beer. If you told me this beer came from a home brew kit, and not a commercial brewery, I would believe it. Iíve tasted extract, first time AIPA homebrew batches, that were more impressive than this beer. The hop bitterness is all I really get out of Maelstrom IPA, and that is not what a great AIPA is all about. It is about hop aromas, hop flavor and hop bitterness. Anyone can brew a "hop soup" or "hop tea", it takes some skill and craft, to brew a great AIPA. If you are willing to shell out $7 for some hop juice, then by all means, purchase this beer. I will never again, as I could list dozens of better examples for less money.
Beer Lover (23) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2003
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Now here is a beer that has so much promise, but sadly, turns out to be just one dimensional hop juice. Coastal Exteme really dissapoints me with all of their beers except the '00 series. This beer is a perfect example of a brewery that has got the science, but certainly not the art of brewing down. Malestrom pours to a deep golden to light amber color with a white head that eventually fades, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose has some nice citric hop aromas, but with dry hopping, I was expecting much more. The body is thin and watery, but virtually no malt backbone. I get a little caramel malt, and a hint of fruit, but that is about it. Maelstom finishes with a harsh, big smack of piney/citric hop bitterness that lingers. This beer is not a very good example of AIPA, it is one dimensional hop juice, that is all biterness, and lacks the hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness of a well done AIPA. I've had first time homebrew kit AIPA's with more hop character and flavor than this beer. And to add insult to injury, this beer is overpriced, over $7 a six pack. Avoid this beer like the plague.