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.
MrBunn (2636) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper with a finger or so of foamy head. Aromas are crisp hops and bread. Hops presence is bitter English ESB type hops with just a little edge of pine. Flavor is weak on hops. Bread, grain dust and caramel all dominate with a bit of bittering hops pulling up the finish.
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.
glennmastrange (2531) - 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.
jimhilt (2516) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 3, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor starts sweet but hops kick in near finish. Lingering bitter finish. $5.45 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.
BREWMUSKCLES (2475) - New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
subtle in complexity and anxious to please those of different appreciations i think it does an adequate job. overpriced ($3.99 @16.09 oz) and odd smelling at first this takes away from a good tasting and refreshing beer indeed! a good caramel and hop pairing that is refreshing watery, interestingly fruit punchy and finishes and lingers in moderately bitter and delayed sweetness. i think quite a good spring through fall offering. different...
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quenching bitterness from the forest floor! A bit of pine, but real deep earthiness. Toasted malt interplay, but this is really about the spicy, leathery, woody hop action. Totally drinkable, doesn’t go down like 6.8%. Yummy.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint bottle. Pours cloudy dark amber with a dense one finger creamy beige head that leaves really nice lacing. The nose is caramel malt, floral hops and light citrus. The taste is caramel, earthy hops and tart grapefruit at the tail end. Medium mouthfeel. Hoppier than most English IPAs I’ve had, but not enough for me. An ok IPA.
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.
robforbes (2090) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours a semi-hazy orange with no head to speak of.
smell is floral, toffee, sweet malt, and a touch of citrus.
taste is flat, hops, slight grapefruit, caramel, and malt, ends dry, flat, and slightly bitter.