blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours with a normal off-white head consisting of larger bubbles in the center and tiny ones near the glass. The liquid below is translucent, copper colored, and lively. I detect a unique and inviting aroma of flowers and sweet herbs, with some mysterious medicinal aspects in there too. The aroma is actually quite heady. The first taste has a blast of hop bitterness that typifies American IPAs, but a complicated experience quickly follows... The medicinal qualities emerge in the form of a sticky, syrupy mouthfeel combined with a slight alcohol burn. Hops tonic, anyone? I donít taste much citrus, which in this case is a good diversion from most IPAs. Thereís more of a focus on the resinous, herbal, and floral qualities of hops. Malt character seems sweet and nice, but the alcohol is not totally hidden and it threatens to throw off the balance. Otherwise a delicious IPA that I revisit once every few months.
eaglefan538 (2966) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BeerandBlues2, poured the typical golden color, some amber hues, nice generous white head, good lacing. The aroma was grapefruits and some resinous notes. The flavor followed with an earthy hop in there and a bitter strong finish. Iíve been spoiled lately drinking Two Hearted, so this was hard to rave about, but it was a solid, nicely done IPA. Mouthfeel could have been fuller and heartier. Thanks, Brad.
DDMcGarry (4) - USA - MAR 17, 2008 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Suprised to not see this in the top 10 much less top 50 as many of those on the list do not compare to the Odellís IPA. Thick is right - intense hops supported by full flavor.
couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear light copper to dark tan. Some off-white head.
Strong hoppy sweet aroma, citrusy and American.
Light bitterness with major fuity hop flavor. Fairly sweet.
hopdog (10285) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with crosling (thanks!). Poured a deeper and clear golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, ctirus (grapefruit with some orangs), and a little earty. Decent hop aroma. Tastes of ctirus, lighter earthiness, and some caramel.
unclemike (2684) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Filtered and golden hued. Finger width of bone white head. Good soapy zesty citrus nose. Slightly earthy. Medium to full bodied. Clinging head. Medium malts but a big hop palate. Moderate bitterness. Orange nuances mixed with resinous and soapy pine hop flavors. Great flavors and drinkability. I will be having many for of these in the future!
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from BlackForestCO. Dated 05/04/08. Excellent aroma of grapefruit, tangerine and pine. Toffee, caramel and a hint of earthy dryness as well. Almost smells like an IIPA. Pours slightly hazy copper/gold with a thin head leaving spotty lacing. Bitter citrus zest at first on the tongue. Fruity apricot, light toffee with some tree bark woodsy dryness. Pretty bitter throughout, though. Medium bodied with a slight asprin like bitter astringency that takes away from the flavor a bit.
lb4lb (2580) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to this beer from BlackForestCO
Pours a very slightly hazy orange to golden color with a nice white head. Smell is a bit fruity, musky and earthy hops. A unique smelling hop combination. Taset is crisp and hoppy with an almost funky mustiness but sharply flavored hop. Goes down very easily and really is a unique IPA. Pretty damn good and drinkable.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2008 2-5-08 bottle and 6-27-08 bottle
Thick soapy head over a clear amber color with huge lacing along the sides. Sweet green apples smell with some really decent hop aroma in there too. Bitter, hoppy and soapy in the flavor. Metallic and soapy slightly in the finish. Decent palate that isnt overly carbonated. Unique flavor and smell.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 Pours a brilliant orange color with a moderate amount of white, somewhat sticky head. A bit of lacing. Nice clean hop aroma. Smells of fresh citrus and grass. Tastes of sweet citrus up front and bitter on the finish. Or maybe its the opposite. Thin mouthfeel, almost too thin. Nice carbonation. Great IPA. Nothing to crazy, nice and clean, and hoppy.