IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, labeled "hop express". Poured a clear amber with a small fizzy white head. Pleasant aroma of lemon and grapefruit, a bit of grass. Flavor is surprisingly smooth, even if mildly underpowered. Notes of grapefruit rind, fresh cut grass, some light lemon, the slightest bit of toffee... no metallic or ashen flavor to the bitterness, which is surprising, as I usually find it in these obscure IPAís. Very easy-drinking, and could be a nice introduction to IPAís for those who are a bit squeamish about overwhelming bitterness.
lb4lb (2112) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle courtesy of jwale73. Thanks!
Pours an attractive semi hazy amber orange with a short lived whitish head. Smell is mild and pleasant fruity and grassy hops and some sweetness as well. Taste is fruity and sweet with malty grapefruit juice like flavor and a nice hop flavor and bitterness following to finish. Has a nice solid bitterness and a bit of a dry grapefruit flavor. Average to slightly full body and moderate carbonation and pretty easy to drink. Nice IPA.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle from jjpm74. Pours a copper amber with an off white head. Aroma of floral hops and caramel malt. Flavor of caramel and toasted malts countered by a spicy and citrusy bitterness. Strong tea flavors on the finish. This leans somewhat toward an APA, with the exception of the alcohol.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from hopdog. Pours a shade of amber with a thin head. Aroma of light citrus, melon, and light caramel malts. Solid medium pine and citrus bitterness. Little bit of malt shows up. Floral hops round out the finish and a sweet melon/caramel malt flavors shows up and takes off. Pretty decent.
crazyvin (1797) - New York, USA - MAR 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, no mention of the buckwheat but the description matches up. Poured a nice amber hue with a thin white head which had no retention. Pine like aroma with some mild malt notes. Flavor was nicely hoped but never over powering. Somewhat light on the palate. A nice crisp drink that.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draft) Pours a clear amber body with a small white head. Aroma of orange, florals, caramel, apricot, and light grass. Flavor of hops (orange, grapefruit) and caramel malt with a bitter finish.
PhatB420 (530) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2009 One of the best IPAís I have had.Smooth, hop filled and excellent all around. This is definaltey an IPA to try. But there is a world of difference between bottle and from a growler. Please do an IPA justice and go from a growler, its impeccable.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Travisí (El_Duderino) house. Pours with an amber body topped by a meidum thick head with little lacing. Itís slightly sweet yet bitter with a woody, hayey hop note. Medium and slightly dry.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle, just Opa Opa IPA, no mention of Buckwheat) Lightly hazed amber body with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, floral/orange, some apricot. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit/orange, some dusky. Light-medium body, light resin. A mellower IPA, an APA in balance and hop intensity if not the alcohol. In fact, the ABV is all that stops this from being a solid session beer.
jimhilt (2339) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a cream, three-finger, rocky head that goes slowly to a ring and leaves some lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Almost clear amber color. Nose is a fruity hop. Flavor follows the nose with the fruity hoppiness and a bitter finish. Typical IPA. $1.65 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.