Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle bought at brewpub. Dark caramel body with an intense thick lasting head. Nose-big clean PNW nose-not too reisny or sticky. Taste-medium bitter upfront, solid hops all the way through. The hops are amazing-not too bitter, not too mild, not too citric, not too anything-just very, very clean. An absolutley solid IPA that epitomizes the style. Clean, clean, clean, clean. Gorgeous.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Walt for this beer.
Poured an effervescent amber with a large frothy white head. Great aroma of pine and grapefruit hops with mild brown sugar candy undertones. Flavor is pine and grass hops with a touch of vanilla. Initial taste is actually quite sweet for the style. Dry bitter finish. A tad generic? Perhaps. But still it’s clean and easy-drinking, maybe a little on the sweet side, but other than that there aren’t any real flaws to this. Very nice.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft: Pour is copper amber with a big bubbled white head that looked like the foam when you rinse out a bottle...sort of ugly head...smell is floral and has lots of grapefruit too...taste is a little sweet and malty up front, with sweet fading into a citric bitterness...seems ordinary if you ask me...tasted like a small brewpub IPA...however, this is quite possibly the best beer I’ve had here...none of the lame generic house character in this at all...
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUL 26, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Dan (Dewbrewer) for alerting me to the presence of this in the bottle. I had in my mind that it would be crude and abrasive, if still pleasant. Well, the floral aroma is pure delight. Just amazing. And the blend of hops and malt is spectacular. This comes quite close (to me) in capturing the essence of a cask conditioned beer as done here. Were this to be tweaked slightly and either some sweetness lowered or the carbonation raised to release more bitterness it would be mind blowing. Really good as is.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2005 22oz. bottle. Golden/amber color. Clear. Small head but enough carbonation to deliver the delicious blend of hops. The flavor and aroma hops are really nice. Of course, I do like Amarillo hops quite well and I think they were used for dry hopping. It does not have the bitterness of some IPAs, but I rather enjoy the balance of the alcohol, malt, and flavor and aroma hops. There is a limited number of bottles available at the brewpub or you can wait for the next draught version. Great beer. Had a bottle from the 2nd batch on Dec. 18, 2005...no problem with the carbonation in this batch. It has a huge, lovely head that stays around. Yum.
Earlier Rating: 12/17/2004 Total Score: 4.3
Cask-Conditioned version tasted on Dec. 16. Golden color with medium head and of course it is a bit hazy from the dry hopping and conditioning. The aroma is incredible with the dry hopping in the cask. Citrus and green hop smells dominate. The flavor is delicious as the balance of the bitterness and maltiness complement one another. The bitter, flavor and aroma hops combine to make it a "slamilicious" beverage but it is definitely worth sipping and savoring. Excellent beer!