bhensonb (13622) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sun Devil in Mesa, AZ. Amber color with a decent beige head. Aroma is more darkish roast malt than anything. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is roast malt with a lot of hoppiness. Really gets the sides of the tongue. More astringent than bitter. More floral than citrus. Very tasty thing. No question as to hop level - there’s some burn going on, and it isn’t alcohol. Very glad I am able to enjoy this.
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours to a copper orange color with thick off-whiote head that lingers well into mid-glass and leaves good lacing. Nose is not the citrusy hops I’ve come to appreciate in IPA’s, but tended more toward an earthy malt scent. Motuhfeel was full bodied and a nice mix of tangy-sweet, and the flavor accented a little more of the citrus than did the nose.
Rounded to a nice, long finish. Not a bad beer.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with a modest head yet keeping it’s hat on with a slight bit of lace around the edge. Aromas of sweet musty herbs. Medium full nectar with good carbonation creates and almost creamy sensation. This brew is round and fat, rich and creamy. Mildly sweet and moderately herbaceous this IPA is soft. I don’t really think they got what they were looking for. The astringency is the only U.S. trend going on here. The aroma doesn’t tell the story very well nor does the flavor. The finish is a bit bitter and unbalanced, very musty like aged Limburger cheese and old worn socks.
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(16.9oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours an amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of floral, caramel, and oven toasted biscuits. Flavor of well water with strong iron, caramel malt, and floral hops.
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Aroma has more malt and mellow ipa aroma like those from across the pond. Amber body with off white head. Flavor didn’t have the crispness to it. Sweet malt more than the hoppy citrus. Somewhat watery and acidic. Alright on the palate. Maybe best if paried with food.
jcwattsrugger (11903) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16.9oz bottle-pours a thin white head and amber color. Aroma is pine hops, sweet medium malt. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel, herbal/earthy/slight pine hops-slightly bitter. Thanks to Joe-jwc215 for picking this out.
FlacoAlto (4127) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A somewhat soft pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a reddish amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, faintly orange tinged, red-copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is nicely hoppy and expressive enough to be noticeable as I am visually inspecting the beer. Aromas of orange zest, milk-weed, a definite herbal edge and some grassiness. This has a sharp, grassy / herbal note that doesn’t quite work, but it is muted enough that it doesn’t hold back the aroma too much.
This has a nice, soft mouthfeel to it that is picked up just a bit by a tickle of carbonation. Distinct flavors of freshly grated orange zest is backed by a grassy / herbal hop component. The malt, which definitely plays a secondary role here, provides a touch of caramelized sweetness that accentuates both the citrus notes and a touch of berry like flavors, it also picks up a touch of toffee in the finish along with a soft, toasty grain note. The beer finishes with a slightly green, sort of mint-like, lingering hop bitterness that is fairly soft for an American IPA, but is at perfect levels to provide a hop focused balance to the finish of this beer. I really like the texture of this beer, it has a light carbonation (especially by American standard), which really helps to boost the velvety texture of this beer.
A tasty beer, and it is perhaps the hoppiest beer I have had out of England (this last isn’t saying much as my experience is woefully inadequate in this regard). The hop notes seem a touch green around the edges and this detracts just a bit; a touch more sharp, almost astringent and under-ripe somehow than I would prefer.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
travita (4754) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber colored with a beige colored head. Smell is caramel, hops, and alcohol. Medium body. Taste is malts, caramel, hops,. ok but nothing special.
mcc5468 (121) - USA - AUG 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice deep orange. Medium hop aroma. Taste was somewhat suprising as the hops are there but restrained. More of a caramel taste than the citrus hop taste prevalent in IPAs. One of the first English IPAs I have had and it wasn’t bad but I have grown used to the large hop taste of the American versions. Pretty good overall.
WeeHeavySD (3365) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought because my girlfriend loves otters. Pours dark orange with a tan ring. Nose is hoppy through my stuffy nose. Taste is sweet and resiny and lightly hoppy. This is a good English IPA, so different and more restrained than their American Brethren.