BroSpud (1834) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at Southborough location (Natick location no longer exists). The beer being served as "Owens IPA" at Owen OLearys is definitely not the same dreck as it used to be. This is a pretty decent IPA. Upon questioning the bartender I learned that this is actually brewed under contract by Opa Opa. Iím thinking it might even be the Opa Buckwheat IPA recipe.
MatchesForHire (25) - Westborough, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beers from this bar havenít been rated recently, and thatís a shame. The IPA has (apparently) been reformulated, and it is a very nice brew. Had this on draft at the Framingham location. The problem that I had with this beer was that there was no aroma to speak of. That went for most of the drafts, which I can understand to a point, but considering how well-rounded the hop flavor was in this beer, it baffles me that there were no aroma hops added. Sweet pale malt makes for a lingering bittersweet finish. Hops are citrusy, but by no means overwhelming. Iíve grown to dislike American microbrewed IPAs, but this beer reminds me that there may be something to come back to.
blinesam (235) - USA - AUG 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 part of the sampler, probably my favorite beer of the pack, since all the beers have the same hop level at owenís. The ipa is the only true to form beer except for maybe the stout. aprently not made with fuggles.
MaBeer1972 (1431) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On-tap in Natick. Part of a sampler, as I was trying to introduce my woman to craft brews. A typical middle-of-the road IPA, I suppose. Not my favorite style. Very hoppy, with a dry finish.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 27, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2006 Pint on Draught 4/26/06. Pours a clear dark copper with a white fizy head. Nose is pretty faint, light hops linger. Mouth is very carbonated and stingy on the palate with a bitterness in the finish. Little flavor here as well but the hops dominate what is there, almost no malt presence.
ClarkVV (4164) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2006 On draught at the Framingham/Southboro location, 5/6/2005. Nose has a mix of lightly sweet malt and bits of oranges and lemons. Color is a light amber, rusty golden hue, with a small white head, poor retention, light lacing. Flavor of bitter alpha hops, with little to no malt backbone. Light hints of sweetness on the finish, very straightforward rendition. Medium to medium-light body, moderate carbonation.
Rerate. Draught pint on 4/24/06. Nose is pretty straightforward. Pale malts and fair citrus hops combine to make a solid, if unremarkable aroma. The flavor has much more body, as do all of their beers now, with a stronger texture, supportive malt sweetness. Actually seems a little too sweet, though itís more of an East coast style, with apparent fruitiness and minimal bittering hops. Nothing to laugh at though, it is clean and the flavors are well delivered.
OldGrowth (2906) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft @ Southboro location. Ok nose, mainly citrus, grapefruit/lemon/orange. Maybe a little toffee? Clean orange copper color. Ok head that faded. Bitter flavors, grapefruit, lemon, little tinny. Thin body, watery mouthfeel, bitter finish. Ok, but bland. Not much more to say.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice amber color with little tan head. I wish I could make shit up for these guys to make this beer seem any better, but I do hope they read it and realize thay have a big hill to climb if they want to improve this stuff.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2003
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Has an amber color with little carbonation and a hop smell. Taste is kind of watery hop and finishes pretty smooth for an IPA. Overall this is one of my least favorite of the IPAs that I have tried due to the watered down taste.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 4, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A bland IPA, not overly hoppy and no other flavors going on at all. Just not all that good.