Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottling date is scratched away on this one. I believe a single bottle was $2.29. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint (ah, my favorite).
Appearance: The bottle art is less appealing than some of Odd Sideís others, but itís still interesting -- some mystery creature behind a curtain with glowing blue/purple eyes. The beer pours a beautiful rusty orange sort of color with only a slight haze. A thin layer of head floats on top for most of the drink, and thereís some pretty heavy lacing on the glass. Beautiful looking IIPA.
Smell: Interesting. The smell at first turned me off, because it had "that smell" that I got in another beer and really disliked. I still donít know if itís a variety of malt or particular yeast. It smells like itís a yeast, but itíd probably make more sense if itís a malt. Anyway, it punches with a bit of funk. One reviewer mentioned sour cheese or something, and I can actually get where heís coming from. Thereís also a strawberry/cherry aroma overlying that. I know, sounds incredibly unappealing, but it works. Funky and strange. Not exactly a beer thatíll make your mouth water, but itís still good.
Taste/feel: Moderate thickness on this beer with a medium, prickly bitterness is the first thing I notice as it glides across my tongue (ooo, sexy). The flavor maintains some of that funkiness, with a lot of sweetness, but even more bitterness -- this is a bitter beer, to be sure. More bitter than your average DIPA. Strawberry/cherry sort of fruitiness on the start turns into bitter pine on the aftertaste with a very dry finish. The crystal malts (presumably... it tastes like theyíre here) add a sharp sort of sweetness to combat the sharp bitterness as well. Actually a quite unique beer from a DIPA category that seems to go one of two ways -- piney as hell, or tropical as hell. This one offers a sort of funky strawberry and cherry vibe with a dry, piney aftertaste.
Instigator IPA is actually a really good beer. Should I be surprised? Odd Side is constantly killing it. I can for sure see the mixed reviews on this one, as it may not be what youíre expecting. As usual, Odd Side changed things up a little bit with this one and went off the beaten path. The price is a bit high, but if youíre looking for a DIPA thatís a bit different, this would be a nice choice... assuming you like a bitter beer.
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one poured a hazy orange color with an off white head. Aroma was of grapefruity and grassy hops and some caramel. Flavor was similar, fairly bitter, old school style IPA.
koleminer20 (429) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes. On tap at Odd Side on March 21. The pour is a nice copperish golden clear with a ring of white head. The aroma is good, and the hoppiness is great. I love the citrus dominance and the light grassy notes on the back end. The flavor is bursting with hops, and a beautiful bitterness . There is a wonderful piney bitterness and hoppy deliciousness. The mouth feel is creamy and coats well, with a light carbonation and a lingering bitter aftertaste
alexsdad06 (4531) - Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle shared with the group via Blowofftube. Pours a clear dark golden/amber color with a small white head. The aroma and flavor is malt forward showing some caramel, toasted malts with some earthy and herbal hop bitterness, some juicy notes to the flavor. Not bad.
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, shared by alexsdad06. Mildly hazy orange amber color. Thin off-white head. Dots, bubbles of lace. Nice big resiny citrusy hop nose. Good juicy hop taste to it. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation. Lightly dry in the finish. Good light caramel malt. Moderate bitter, moderate sweet taste, light zest. A good balance. Nice, balanced flavorful hoppy complex big IPA. Some bubblegum, nice tropical fruity juiciness to it. Good stuff. Good chewiness to it.
b3shine (4433) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to taster (shared by alexsdad06). Looks good; a mostly transparent orange with thin eggshell head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; a fairly bitter hop profile. Tastes like it smells, but the hops are juicy as well. Solid on the palate. A good example of the style.
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/11/2014. Pours lightly hazy pale orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, strawberry, peach, mango, passion fruit, orange peel, lemon zest, caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of citrus/tropical hops with a good amount of malt balance; with good strength. Taste of big tangerine, strawberry, peach, mango, passion fruit, orange peel, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, strawberry, peach, mango, passion fruit, orange peel, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of big citrus/tropical hops with a good amount of malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and fairly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA! All around great complexity of citrus/tropical hops and balanced malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
fattybladdy (449) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour from a bottle, dark orange with a sudsy white head. Citrus hops on the nose. Taste of grapefruit, orange peel and pine with nice bitterness.
bigtaster (526) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Copper color with large white head, from the body. Nose is like candy, butter Scotch, grapefruit. Smooth, but seems a bit off, sickly sweet. Okay finish, something went wrong.
tectactoe (1169) - Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Slightly hazed copper-orange gradient body with a foamy & cloudy eggshell head with good retention, leaving a nice sheet of lacing behind. Aroma is very nice; lots of floral hops opening up with a mild perfume & grapefruit zest essence. I get some big tropical fruit notes with time, too, like passion fruit & even a hint of peach. Backdrop of some cookie dough malt sweetness. The taste, unfortunately, isnít as captivating as the aroma. Some herbaceous, semi-floral hops out of the gate, followed by lightly sweet, candied grapefruit... Hops quickly turn very bitter; pungent pine, brash hop oils, a bitterness that nearly scrapes the tongue dry. A hint of buttered bread-like malt in the finish, getting mild hints of brine as well? Quite abrasive, & missing the lovely tropical notes from the nose. Alcohol is hidden well... but I wish the taste followed the aroma more closely, & this would be a real winner. Still good, though.