Brigadier (2590) - Northeastern Ohio, 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 Ottoís 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.
sonnycheeba (2522) - 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.
PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
FRO throwdown: hilarious name. Piney resiny hops. Light toasty malts, cold and empty finish. Bluh.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask at Zenoís. Pours dark amber with small beige head. The aroma is slight earthy hops, wood, caramel, and some fruity notes. The flavor is mostly woody with some caramel and fruit notes. Thereís a strong nuttiness in the finish that I find a bit offputting. A little bit on the bland side, honestly. I think the cask did a disservice to the beer; Iíll make an attempt to rerate on regular draught.
savnac (2353) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from the brewery. Clear dark amber with a sticky foamy light tan head. Aroma is citrus, pine resin and caramel. The flavor starts bitter then the sweetness fades in and back to a bitter finish. Medium body with average carbonation and a syrupy mouth feel. This thing is packed with flavor, aroma and body for only being a 5% beer, well done.
MrBunn (2320) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours a pretty reddish color with a big frothy head and aromas of pine and herbal hops. Flavor is pretty similar. A toffee/caramel malt presence balanced against an English hoppiness. Pretty light and crisp, but not that compelling as far as Iím concerned.
adrian910ss (2268) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Ottos. Pours a hazy caramel amber with a medium beige head. Aroma of fresh citrus, light pineand hops. Taste of light tangy citrus, grapefruit, grassy notes, pine and bitter hops. Nice and quite refreshing.
Blairgus (2183) - California, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 July 2011, bottle. light amber, slightly pinkish, clear, steady bubbles. frothy tan head. sweet malt and rosy hops in the nose. med/thin watery body w/ some carbonation. canít say iím a huge fan of this. it is arather nettle/briar hop flavor. thereís no real sweetness or malt flavour and the hops arenít the best to rest a beer on.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks for Josh for this bomber, poured into a tulip.
Pours deep, clear amber with a short lived creamy head that leaves a soapy film along the top and a big collar. The lacing is minimal.
Big juicy hops dominate the aroma with lots of grapefruits and oranges but with more than a fair share of pine as well. There is a sizable caramel malt sweetness to balance things out.
The taste has a much more dominant floral hop presence and the pine jumps to the forefront with a slightly astringent resiny bitterness from the first sip. Lots of caramel malts and toasted bread in the backbone before the pine and grapefruit leave the finish bitter, dry and astringent.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for the style and coats the palate with sticky hops. The carbonation is soft.
This is a solid hop forward IPA with a big enough malt backbone to balance things out and keep the drinkability relatively high. Looking forward to more from this brewery.
obxdude10 (1942) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I wasnít overly impressed with this IPA. In fact, itís pretty average. There really wasnít any one characteristic of this beer that truely stood out. It poured a dark amber color with a generous off-white head. There was some nice lacing around the edges of the glass. The aroma was mostly of pine and earth with some floral hops thrown in. The body and flavors were quite hoppy, but I think they used a bit too much malt. There was an overwelming character or caramel and earth. I think this IPA would have been better had they backed off the malt a bit. But itís still a decently drinkable beer.