IPAsavedMYlife (345) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a lovely cloudy orange color. Head was creamy but dissipated quickly. You can really smell the simcoe hops in this one. After tasting this one the malt backbone doesn’t seem to mesh well with the hops. Flavors are grassy, lemony, and a good amount of spice character. This one finishes overly bitter. Although Portland is known for their breweries, this one is a weak spot. The nugget hops make this one a bit uneven. Enjoyment: 2/5
yngwie (13844) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. It’s an almost clear one, golden in color and with a small, white head. Citrusy, piney nose with some maltyness. Flavorwise it’s much the same, citrusy and piney and slightly malty sweet. Nice bitterness, but maybe a bit weak. Medium to full body, quite dry. Nice and lasting finish. A straight forward tasteful and pleasant IPA. A beer I could drink a few of. 110621
Geokkjer (5887) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.Pours golden with a white head.Aroma of grassy, grapefruit, pine and caramel.Flavor is sweet and bitter with some caramel and floral, pine and grapefruit.Medium body, average carbonation.Nice hoppy beer.
sailracer (404) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at a tasting. This is my favorite style of IPA- a strong citrus flavor and not too bitter. The flavors seemed to mellow some as it warmed up. Not quite the best, but very good in my opinion.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: This had some of my favorite hops. While it wasn’t overwhelmingly original at first it was rather complex. Very nice for an organic beer. It was almost mouth-numbingly hoppy. There was an ever so slight Belgian quality to the yeast. I did not expect to like this, but it was very nice.
TECHNICAL: The label on my bottle clearly stated 7.1not 7.2 % ABV. Poured a cloudy, dark, slightly brownish, orange with a large, off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma had light to moderate caramel malts; moderate to heavy pine grapefruit, orange, apricot and earthy hops; a hint of minty hops; and light to moderate yeast. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and moderate to rather bitter; while the finish was slightly sweet and heavily bitter with an average to long duration. There was caramel, orange hops, grapefruit hops, a little pine hops earthy hops, yeast, pineapple and floral hops. The light to medium body was slightly watery yest also a bit syrupy with fairly fizzy carbonation and a slightly astringent, slightly alcoholic and dry finish.
Reynolds314 (2375) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 10, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Im not sure why they call this an IPA when no bittering hops are used. The flavoring hops were mild and fruity/floral. The taste was light and sweet and almost resembled a weak cider. Not very impressed.
Ernesto987 (3790) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had at a tasting, he said we used no bittering hops. Yet they call this an ipa, what the fuck?
RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Excellent burnt orange color, like carmelized apricots. 1/2 finger wide head thins out but remains slightly on top. Outstanding aroma, complex with notes of caramel, baking bread, slight cheese funkness (that isn’t necessarily bad), and resin/pine hops. A lot going on there. Easy going down, carbonated and a long sticky finish. Interesting taste, not quite as promising as the nose but not bad. A blast of caramel sweetness upfront moves onto a serious resin/citrus hop middle cut with pineapple notes. Something else small (barnyard maybe?) isn’t quite right there a really dry bitter, nutty finish. Taste starts good but goes south at the end. Decent beer with aroma and appearance being the highlights.
devilben02 (279) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a warm, hazy, medium-orange color and a big, fluffy white head. The aroma is light and pleasant, with a floral, herbal hop character that is contrasted by a little bit of caramel sweetness. The flavor is again largely herbal, but there is also a sweet citrus component that reminds me of orange soda. There is also a kind of non-specific resinous bitterness that I can only describe as being similar to eating plant stems and grapefruit rinds. The finely-carbonated, almost creamy texture helps to at least partially cover for this strange bitterness.
JFGrind (1848) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden, moderate bitterness chock full of good flavor IPA. Alcohol content bordering a 2XIPA, but well blended with grapefruit flavors and malt backbone.