lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy Otter India Pale Ale
May 24, 2008 • No Comments (Edit)
1 pint, .9 fl oz.
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ
Consumed on: 2/3/2008 at 11 pm
first impression: Beautiful. enticing smell and allure. Rich amber tones. Frothy, solid head. bubbly. Quite malty and flavorful. Smooth and without edges, but full flavor and enjoyable light bite.
Color, depth: medium dark. color intensifies at concave point, and pales at edges. Remarkable color.
Belgian lace, legs: lace is light, but head is good.
Aroma: mellow, delicious aroma. flowery.
Hoppiness, bite: Only a light bite but very nice.
Maltiness, flavor: malty, hoppy, and delicious, without being overbearing on any front.
Weight: A hefty, full, weighty feel in the hand.
Mouthfeel: dry and only slightly cloying. Memorable.
second impression: This is a delicious and enjoyable brew, but does not know you over the head with bite or flavorings. It is a mellower IPA with lesser bitterness, but would do better paired with lighter fare. A great example of a well balanced brew.
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nearbeer (4383) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml. Copper-brown with a medium and lasting head. Earthy spiced marshmallow and toasted pecan aroma. Flavor is earthy wood, slight molasses, toasted nut, slight orange and cocoa. Near medium body is smooth and dry.
PorterPounder (6528) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 500 ml bottle. Pours dark orangeish, copper color with a sticky, slightly off-white medium thick head that leaves a decent bit of lacing. Minty aroma with some raw cake mix thrown in there. Delectable bitterness with some faint citrus notes, some cookie dough and a bit of spearmint. Mouthfeel is of the appropriate thickness and carbonation for the style. Very enjoyable.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Source: Brewfest, Classic City
Appearance: clear amber, wispy dirty white head,
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma with earthy hops,
Overall: sweet caramel malt aroma, light earthy hops, light twang, light bitter finish,
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 9/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was way better than I thought it was going to be. Bottle: pours a very pretty deep orange. Citrus hop, telltale English malts make this a very well-rounded beer with a surprisingly bitter finish very characteristic of English Pale Ales. Tasty without being bready.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A rather nice IPA, though highly on the thiner side when it comes to the hops. Aroma that’s slightly hoppy with a hint of caramel and maybe some light citrus. Taste is pretty much the same, but more of the citrus is present. Over all, a nice IPA but not huge like the current US market wants.
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2008 It didn’t taste very hoppy. But to be fair, I didn’t detect an otter character, either. Sort of a grassy, toffee-ish, grassy aroma. There is a subtle, woody English note. Not bad, but I bet it’s a lot better on cask...
Sample at the Raleigh WBF
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2008
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
20080422 50cl bottle picked up at Spirits in Red Bank. Copper color with thin film of white head. Aroma is at first a pleasant burst of pine and citrusy hops, a bit floral, and pretty promising. But then it goes dramatically downhill. I’m sitting here at the desk looking around for the garbage smell. I check the kitchen and smell nothing, thought maybe the dog had gas, nope and nope. Realized the smell was mostly around my desk, picked up the glass to look at the color again, it stuck to the coaster and spilled bit on my hand, I wiped the beer from my hand onto my pant leg and then realized, ’Whoa, it’s this beer that smells like garbage!?’ So I stick my nose down into the glass and, whew, there it is! Citrusy, floral, piney, and freakin’ nasty old pea soup. Oh, that’s not good. Well, I’ve got to push through this and maybe it gets better so I take a sip. Again, the front if filled with nice enough hops, pithy, a bit biting with a grapefruit pithiness that I quite enjoy but then, Yowza! There’s that icky, vegetal, rotten flavor, right along with the now retronasal nastiness of a bad mouthful of rotten veggies that just won’t go away. Lame, lame, lame, because, like so many UK bottled beers, this one was not cheap and now it’s going down the drain. Blech. The off flavors are not at all dominant, but so present and so nagging, they’re just utterly impossible to ignore. After enjoying yet another Twisted Thistle last night, I really wanted to love this one. Bummer.
hopdog (10255) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a medium to deeper amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of tiasted caramel, fruity, and citrus. Tastes of caramel, fruitiness, and citrus. Body on the thinner side.
sloth (2688) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a goodly sized offwhite head with good retention and plenty of sticky lace. Clear copper hued ale. Nose is softly fruity, lightly earthy with some caramel notes, a hint spicey. Body is med/light, lightly oily on the palate with a gentle carbonation and a slight astringency. Lightly sweet carael malt flavors up front, light citrus and some faint toasty malts also, a bit fruity and earthy with some grainy notes as well. Finish is almost dry with a gentle hop bite. Should of chilled it a bit more i do believe? Bottle procured @statelinliquors.