TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from a 6 pack from my parents recent trip up to Traverse City. Pours a rich dark amber pour, almost an auburn glowing pour, orangey with good haze. A creamy offwhite nearing beige head that is decent sized, dying to a decent layer with ok lacing. Aromas are a pretty big orange essence, toffee and biscuits, some wheat bread, more English styled with less intense hops and a decent malty kick. Lots or orange, some lemons, florals, and grass. Sweet marmalade. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, a healthy decent bitterness of florals, oranges, and some dry grass. Lemon, more florals with crisp cereal grains, biscuits, toffee, and crystal malts. Toast, dry hops throw more florals, grass, and biscuits. Weird, I guess. Fairly dry, a bit piney into the backend. Dry, some soap, and oranges, type of Amarillo-y candy like sweet dusting. Ok, overall. A bit unfocused and muddled. The hops are sufficient, the malt body is a bit bigger though in the middle. Getting a bit more bready and wheat malt dominated, with bread, dry and lighter. Fairly sweet. But the hops do a decent enough job. Ok.
JStax (2601) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Appearance is a hazy copper with a thick head of beige foam. The head lingers for quite a while and as it slowly dissipates, it leaves a nice thick lacing down the glass. Aroma caught me off guard a bit. I found the usual hoppy suspects, pine, resin, and grapefruit, but then I came across an interesting berry note. Taste is primarily grapefruit rind, but then on the back of the throat, I get the berry note again. This is quite the interesting beer. Kinda heavy bodied in my mind.
milewide (1386) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color, medium body and average head. Fine hop aroma and taste. No malt sweetness. I don’t understand the 11.5 oz. bottle, but won’t say more because the last time I did, the review was deleted!
BMan1113VR (7786) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via a trade. Pours with a murky burnt/deep orange hue and an off-white head with decent retention and lacing. Aromas of fruit, pine and citrus hop notes, lightly grassy, straw like. Medium to light yeast esters. Some light malt sweetness. Flavors of citrus, tangerine, and melon hop notes, malt is caramel and bready. A bit too sweet and full for my liking. Medium esters. Lingering duration (slightly sticky). A hint of alcohol. Medium to lively carbonation, a slightly full body for my liking, mildly warming. Decent.
MrBunn (2384) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Funky cool bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a generous head. Aromas are heavy with hops... resin, oranges and grapefruit up front and a hint of papaya late. Flavor follows the hop profile in reverse... starting with a tropical fruit blast, then transitioning into citrus and resin in the late finish. The hops bill is good, but I don’t think the wheat is a great choice. It seems to waffle a bit and get in the way of what would be a pretty darn nice IPA. It’s interesting and good, but I doubt I’ll be back for seconds.
jgb9348 (4486) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear light amber coloured body with a honey glow and a VERY VERY large soapy tan head - a lot of carbonation in this one, especially rising from the bottom. Aroma of fresh piney and grapefruity hops with a good malt balance, some noticeable wheatie scent, coriander seed, a touch of curacao and a little yeast note - very nice! Medium-bodied; Nice wheat flavour at first with a drying and quick flavour shock, then fades to pretty much a grassy, herbal hop flavour - nice and good for the style. Aftertaste shows a good mix of literally an american wheat and an american ipa - wheatie flavours at first with a good potent hop backbone - very nice. Overall, exactly what the label says - an american wheat ipa, a cool style and one that was executed pretty well, if not almost as good as possible. Definitely one to sample if you can find it, and if I could get this beer more often, I’d buy a lot of it - plus, I love the brewpub in TC and the stubby bottles. I sampled this 34 cL stubby bottle purchased from Siciliano’s in Grand Rapids, Michigan on 06-November-2010 for US$1.89 after driving down from TC earlier in the day, sampled at home in Washington on 05-June-2011. The date on the bottle (production) was October 13, 2010.
Frank (2380) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is a nice looking beer that comes in an awesome bottle. That is the most important thing really, the bottle. This site should actually be called ratebottle.com because we are all just wasting our time drinking all this beer. This is a sticky, piny brew and just not really to my taste as far as either American wheats or IPA. It is not really strong enough or complex enough to be a slow sipper and not light and refreshing enough for drinking.
Capa (1942) - Manama, BAHRAIN - MAY 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Citrus and light pine aroma with decent sweet malts, too. Has a round mouthfeel. Flavor has nice hop citrus notes, some grapefruit, and medium sweet malts. A decent brew.
Onslow (1094) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2011
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour form an 11.5 oz stubby bottle. Hazey orance amber brew with thick n frothy head. Light aroma dominated by earthy tones - maybe hops, maybe yeast, maybe the wheat. Light aroma. The thought of a wheat IPA sounded interesting but it really comes across as a rather off balance and mild. Taste is mild and rather plain - some sour grains at the start and a bit of sour hoppiness, light pine and maybe a bit of citrus hops, in the finish. Grain is light and somewhat sour, making this a rather unbalanced brew. Thin palate, not so great.
satan165 (1018) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
aroma is fresh mown foliage and clearer pine, fruits in distance, mostly lemon. appearance is well hazed amber with active carb and lingering film. flavor is savory hops, meaty and organic with redundant lemon already issues in nose. bitter backbone rides out after citrus is unrecognizable and leaves palate harsh. brash IPA with enough hints of esters to bring the best of a few classes for the style. mouthfeel is often times dealt with a feather; perhaps this is the wheat, perhaps it is a placebo planted by the labeling of ingredients. doesnt matter.