ChainGangGuy (4420) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml Bottle - $4.99 at Bullock’s in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, dark amber body with an inch of frothy, off-white head.
Smell: Bready, caramel-coated malt aroma with some sweetish, fruity hints and supporting hop notes of citrus and spruce tips.
Taste: Malts coming across as sugary sweet, chewy caramel candy with a distinct breadiness to it. Pleasant estery fruitiness. Spicy rye grain tickles the tongue. Surprisingly hoppy for an English beer, with a nice pop of citrusy, sprucy hop character and plenty of bitterness. Finishes quite dry with a lingering touch of fruit.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A nice surprise! Pleasant, well-balanced, and enjoyable. I cleared through the bottle in record time.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very malt forward, creamy caramel. Smooth caramel color, absent head. Still sweet, though astringent in the finish. Not my thing.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a nice golden amber with a small and quickly disappearing head. The nose is citrus (orange) with a little pine. Something in the nose comes off sour. Flavor is the same. A little malt but some odd sour note. This beer may be old. Gonna have to try it again.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
How can I pass an IPA with this name and label up? Poured hazy orange-gold with a frothy white head. Thick lacing. Beautiful pine and orange nose. More orange/orange peel than grapefruit. It doesn’t "pop" like other IPA’s and is kind of dusty. The taste makes up for it. Big citrus bite, less resin, with the rye bitterness that others have pointed out. Kind of gives it a roasted hop feel. The citrus gives way to an herbal hop bite that is kind of sweet. Creamy mouthfeel lends to its drinkability. Nice surprise.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber body with a thin off white quickly diminishing head. Aromatics include a strong hop nose, citrus, pine and floral hoppiness. A big citrus start with a stronger lightly fragrant floral nose then light dry earthy bitterness. Citrus and a light etoh to finish. Good brew.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cl bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a hazy deep amber color with a 1/2 finger thick off white head. Faint spotty lacing. Aroma is primarily floral hops with a touch of esters. Flavor is lightly sweetened toasted malt, light esters, and hops. Medium body. Nothing fancy, but a drinkable IPA.
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample at the Hopsnobbery Collective tasting on 12/10/08: Pours a cloudy amber with a minimal head. Dank aroma of tart fruit and hops. More malt than hop in the flavor and is also pretty tart. Not great.
Dogbrick (8670) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the Hopsnobbery Collective tasting on 12/10/08: The beer is a hazy light amber color with a wispy off-white head that disappears quickly. Thin top ring of lacing with spots under. Aroma of hops and peat malt. Medium body with a subdued floral hops character, and flavors of earthy malt and pine. Kind of reminded me of Kelpie with more hops. The finish is mildly bitter and creamy with a short fruity hops aftertaste. Just average overall.
glennmastrange (2324) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Malt noes of lightly roasted grain, moderate amounts of flowers and herbs for the hops, a light musty smell for the yeast, and hints of grape, apple and wine. Head is small, bubbly, white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy copper. Flavor starts lightly sweet and acidic then finishes slightly sweet and moderately bitter. Palate is medium bodied, oily in texture and has a soft carbonation with a dry finish. A very fruity aroma with an excellent palate makes for a complex, yet easy drinking IPA.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice amber color pour with a thick off-white head that lasts and laces nicely. Roasted caramel malt comes through in the aroma more than the floral and citrus hops. Flavor is a bit sweeter and less hoppy than I prefer in an IPA, but still is not bad. Medium bodied, with a slightly bitter finish. Good, but not great.