nick76 (4370) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is happy and sweet with a caramel malt but it’s papery too. The appearance is amber with a small head. The flavor is bitter and sweet being somewhat disappointing. The palate is thin but well carbonated. Overall it’s not that bad but not great either.
FlacoAlto (4133) - 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
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 2, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a lightly hazy amber with a small, creamy off-white head. citrus(mandarin orange) hop aroma. flavor is hoppy and similar to aroma with some sugary malts. very sweet. the sweetness covers the hefty abv, but also gives it candy-like quality. dry finish. i really enjoyed the "otter head" from these guys and would like to try some of their other beers.
Kinz (3713) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium hazy orange amber, very slight head faded fast. Aroma is significantly hoppy, loads of citrus and pine, very much in a Pacific Northwest style. Some caramel oreinted malts on the nose as well. Flavor is not nearly as hoppy as the nose, almost as if they skimped on that addition in favor of focusing on late aroma hops. Lots of caramel and slightly fruity malt flavors with some citric and pine hops on the finish in a backup role. A touch sweet. Interesting twist on the style overall. Not bad.
WeeHeavySD (3377) - 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.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cL bottle, courtesy of peregrinari. Thanks, Tom! Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber color; thin white head with solid fine-bubbled lacing. Pleasant oranges and earthiness and caramel in the aroma; a pleasant hop bitterness and citrus zest. Medium mouthfeel: pleasant earthy hops and red fruits and biscuity notes; solid fruit and orange character at the core; tasty, balanced beer. Medium finish, showing oranges, earthiness, and sugar.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Tom. Hazy amber body with a small white head, fading. Herbal and floral nose with biscuit and cracker. The flavor is lightly sweet, light to moderately bitter with caramel, herbs, light citrus and dough. Medium body is round with moderate carbonation.
puboflyons (3014) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 8, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From the 1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz bottle with no expiration date or lot code markings available. The pour was amber with virtually no head to speak of. The aroma is hardly anything like most IPA"s with a strong scent of malts and barley but very little hops noted. The mouthfeel is about medium and nothing extraordinary. The taste is more like an ESB with dry hoppy finish.
cbkschubert (2901) - 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.
sloth (2786) - 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.