sonnycheeba (3786) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Pours clear amber with medium, frothy, off-white head; decent retention and good lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, earthy hops, spice, and light bread malt. Flavor is light sweet malt, heavy earthy and floral hops,and light fruit esters; dry, bitter finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From growler. Terrific nose on this one. Fruity big hop nose, with apricot nectar, pine resin, and grapefruit pulp. Mild nutty sweetness in the malt. Very fragrant, hoppy and sweet. Dark coppery brown clear, with thin foamy off-white lacing head. Pretty dark for an IPA. Medium watery body, with medium carbonation. Easy drinking. Starts with rich caramel-biscuit malt sweetness that is quite mild. For all the wonderful hop aromas, this IPA is not that bitter or hoppy in taste. Nice apricot-grapefruit hop taste, with just a mild astringent bitter finish. The hops are more tasty than bitter. The after is lightly dry, with a nutty bitter character and mild sweetness. Very nice IPA - like the milder, sweeter version of Double D.
SHIG (3667) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a sharp orange with a light off white head. Aroma is caramel malt and citrus hops. Flavor is chewy hops and of set by the malts. The bitterness remained in the finish and keeps the tongue eager for more.
DiarmaidBHK (3581) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice citrus notes on the nose. Pours a ruby brown with a light white head. Big hop explosions on the tongue especially if you aerate it. The taste lingers nicely.
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear amber with a thick off-white head. Aroma of citrus, caramel malt, and grassy hops. Flavor of caramel malt, spicy grassy hops in the finish. Pretty basic IPA - drinkable and tasty. Can’t complain here.
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
hazy amber, thin lasting white ring. Nose is stale cardboard and cheese, light grass and resin. Flavor is more resin and grapefruit front, mid is caramel and oxidation, finish shows more resin and light fruit. Thin, sticky, hopefully this isn’t fresh.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear, deep copper-red body with an inch thick, white, rocky head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is loaded with heavy pines and sharper grapefruits. A light amount of sweet caramels, apricots, and florals keep this in check, but this is all about the piney hops. Flavor is the same. A light caramel sweetness greets the tongue before an assertive piney bitterness comes in. Lots of grapefruit with a slight resin, apricot, oranges, a light toasted bread, and plenty of florals make up the rest. Finishes dry with a nice, moderate bitterness that lingers for a long duration. Overall, a very tasty IPA. Clearly this is about the hops with just enough of a balance to keep this in check. I really like the finish in that it keeps the assertive piney hops to a slightly higher than moderate bitterness. The intense pine flavors initially made me anticipate an over-bitter finish, but this is definitely well made and prevents that. I really liked this one.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hand bottled. Very cat-pissy aroma, almost overwhelmingly so. I guess some muddy, used coffee-filter hops were present, but eww in general. Very piney, dank hops in the mouth, extremely bitter, very unpleasant to drink.
auerbrau (3179) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2009 On tap at the brewpub. Flickr(http://www.flickr.com/photos/26049401@N0 Raging floral and pine nose. Really fresh-scented, rich and pungent. Flowery. Bouquet-heavy. Amazing. Pours a coppery gold, with a tall finger of sparse white head. Flavor is equally rich and dense with strong bergamot, jasmine, sandalwood and orchid. A bit of spice and some light malt blends. Relatively dry for the style, with a minimal yeast and alcohol presence. Deft balance. Finish is tersely bitter and maybe a bit heavy, even for the style, but it creates a lot of complex as you move through the beer. Drinkable, nuanced, richly flavored and fresh.
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bomber
Thanks go to buffalohead for sharing this to start a small tasting at his house. It was mostly a run of the mill IPA but coming from Otto’s those were my expectations. As a way to tune the palate it worked perfectly. This is an above average example of the style but nothing spectacular in the end.
Aroma / Appearance - The thin off-white head was weak as it fought with the amber carbonated body. Woody hops and mellow oak chips waft through the air without gripping the nose like some aggressive IPAs.
Flavor / Palate - The profile is more hoppy than malty but fairly balanced. The finish sits gently on the throat. Without overwhelming the palate it has an easy going touch that lets you know you drank it recently. This is one of those typical lawnmower beers that you would drink on a warm summer day while grilling burgers.