Pailhead (6351) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy pine with just a hint of fruit. It pours a transparent gold with a small white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There’s some thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of sweet citrus and a touch of lemon. The finish has moderate pine and a light herbal quality. It’s light-medium bodied with somewhat soft carbonation.
JaBier (6657) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Odd Side on 3/29/13. Clear yellow pour with a thick white head. Pungent and earthy nose with some sorta citrusy notes. Malty flavor wtih a big grassy presence and a citrus finish.
MrBunn (2676) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Odd Side. This beer was really pale and clear with quite a bit of white foam on the sample. Aromas were lovely Simcoe... Resin and pine... Flavor was very robust and clean for a small beer. Nice! Can’t wait to see this in bottles.
superspak (4397) - Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 5/3/2013. Pours moderately cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, passionfruit, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with nice complexity of hop notes with a solid malt balance; with very good strength. Taste of tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, pine, grapefruit, floral, grass, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness. Moderate floral pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, citrus, pineapple, pine, floral, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of hop flavors with a solid malt balance; with plenty of flavor for 4.5% and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic session IPA! All around great flavor balance and robustness at 4.5%; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. An incredibly delicious offering that may become a regular buy for me.
milewide (1990) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled on 5/12/13 and drank on 5/21/13. Fresh! Pine and herbal aroma and taste. Very bitter finish! Label says it is a "session IPA" ---but no mention of ABV on either bottle or website.
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Light gold color with medium head. Pine aroma. Mainly hop flavor with some malt. Seemed a little thin and watery at the finish. Solid beer. Could use a little more bite in the finish.
bytemesis (6301) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in trade. I am really trying to figure out what people DONT like about this beer! Pours cloudy yellow amber with a lot of floates and a medium off-white head that leaves some lacing. OK, not a great start. Aroma is classic simcoe - nice grapefruit and pine aromas bursting from the glass. Flavor follows, perhaps a bit watered down given that this is a session beer, but otherwise nice. Body is light, not surprising. I could drink a few of these on a hot afternoon and be quite happy about it.
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Gold with some particulate and a medium beige head. Strong simcoe and piney aromas. Hops and a little malt. A surprising amount of flavor for a session although the finish is pretty watery.
Ostomo517 (73) - Norton Shores, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden with some hop matter and such, but it is unfiltered. Aroma is nice Simcoe but could definately use a boost. Palate is nice malty start but nicely layered Simcoe slowly creeping to a peak of good bitterness. A great session beer!
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very good aroma, even for a Simcoe, though it is reserved. This one is light - far more hops in the aroma than in the flavor or palate. In all, underwhelming.