superspak (2540) - 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.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had twice -- once out of the bottle dated 5/3/13 yesterday, and this one (from a separate batch) with an erased date, poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: Not the best looking label in the world -- itís supposed to look like an acid trip, I think, with a simcoe hop sitting in front of a hippy background. Insanely hazy with very little light getting through. Thereís about a finger of head that goes to one and sticks around a little while. Even after the head is gone, the lacing is unbelievably sexy.
Smell: Unreal ... definitely highlighting the simcoe... fruity and floral as hell.
Taste/feel: At the ABV, itís hard to believe. Thereís a mild bitterness, but thereís a surprisingly nice balance with malt in there. Fruity and floral from the simcoe, with a slightly spicy malt finish that lingers extremely pleasantly. The feel is actually a bit heavier than I was expecting, which is a great thing -- I REALLY have a distaste for watered down feeling beers. The balance is what makes this beer much better than the likes of All Day IPA by Founders, which seems to be an extremely popular beer.
Not only is it a great beer at 4.5%, itís just a great beer. Smells incredible, tastes almost just as good, looks spectacular in the glass... wow. It may be $2.19 per bottle (not sure the six-pack price), but I have to say itís actually worth it. I donít normally like "session ales" (light beers), but this one is great.
MrBunn (2456) - 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! Canít wait to see this in bottles.
BrownALEx (265) - Portland, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of dry hops. Pours a clear light brown with a small head. Taste is bitter, very nice though. Palate is medium bodied. Overall a very balanced ipa. Great bitterness meets excellent maltyness.
Nate (3708) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on tap at brewery. Terrific hop nose, fruity and floral. Light sweetness. Pale amber golden clear with white head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts fairly dry with carbonic bite. Big hop taste and bitterness. Pale malt sweetness with big bitter finish. Lingering bitter after.
Pailhead (4741) - Brownstown, 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. Thereís 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. Itís light-medium bodied with somewhat soft carbonation.
HonkeyBra (3318) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of my favorite styles right now. 12 oz. bottle. Pours a rich hazy orange with a small ring around the lip of the glass. Aroma of dank, pine, and tropical fruit hops. Flavor is strong, sharp, delicious bitter hop notes. Pine, mango, tangerine and orange peel. Delicious. Light bodied, nice effervescent carbonation. Finishes long and bitter. This is a perfectly executed session IPA.
SpongeRuiner (691) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My second Odd Side brew. A pretty decent beer. You can for sure have a few of these in a row. Wouldnít mind getting more.
TheAlum (5672) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flight pour on tap at the brewpub (Grand Haven, MI). Pours a nice hazy golden straw hue, a mellow glow, a bit deadened with some lively bubbles. Cakey whitish head atop as a nice layer, some decent ring and cling sticks around. Decent lacing. Aromas are nice Simcoe and bitter hop elements, firm grapefruit meets lemon, touches of florals and bitter earth. A touch of juicy tropical fruit and gentle catty liveliness. Mellow bread, cereal grains. Initial is lighter bodied, mellow bitterness that starts to grow. Lemon, grapefruit, touch of soap hits the palate. Smaller beer offers some firm bitterness. Touches of grapefruit rind, a bit pithy with some florals, fuzzy earthy bitterness. Faint peach, bit of tropical fruit. Middle is clean, smaller with nice bitterness. Fresh hop element prevails into backend. Firm grapefruit juice, florals, that fruity bent still keeps a rockiní. Touches of gentle chalk, florals, bitter and faint melon. Finish is bitter, citrusy and fresh. Very nice stuff. To the point, bitter and fresh, malt bill never really gives any life except for a golden touch of bready/grainy malts to make you remember itís a beer. Nice. Simcoe fairly fresh, hop elements really work well though the nose might be the weakness, itís still solid.
milewide (1490) - 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.