Brigadier (3175) - 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.
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hand Bottle (That puzzl had left at the Blind Tiger. Thanks Andy!) Amber pour with a dense off white head. Odd aroma giving off resiny and fruity hop qualities- oily resins, tropical notes of mango and a squash-like hint, with a uric acid note in there. Funky. The body is creamy with mild carbonation (could be because it was hand bottled) Either way, the flavor gives off some tropical fruit hop flavors of peach, which is accompanied by an odd uric acidity (pissy, as Maxxdaddy described it) Citrusy notes come out as well with an oily piny finish. Although the alpha acids seemed a bit pissy and earthy, I rather enjoyed this IPA.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange-red, beige cover. Aroma is crystal malt. Taste is more crystal malt...old.
Blairgus (2972) - 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. can’t say i’m a huge fan of this. it is arather nettle/briar hop flavor. there’s no real sweetness or malt flavour and the hops aren’t the best to rest a beer on.
LinusStick (2931) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent but typical IPA. Aroma was very floral. Rose petals, earth and fresh cut grass. Pour was a light bubbly gold with a one finger white head. Taste was not very hoppy, but a nice refreshing beer. Light malt and earthy hops that does not linger. Would be a good lawnmower beer. Mild carbonation.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle courtesy of treyrab, thanks Trey. Clear copper pour with a long lasting white head. Citrus aroma. Lots of nice clean hops flavor, very nicely balancd as well, very good IPA.
keepersj12 (2839) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very nice to look at. Clear amber with a red tint, small head. The aroma is floral and fruity. The taste disappoints though. Slightly fruity with a bit of caramel. A bit thin as well.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
PhillyBeer2112 (2595) - 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.
MrBunn (2528) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, 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 I’m concerned.
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 Zeno’s. 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. There’s 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; I’ll make an attempt to rerate on regular draught.