ReggieDunlap (3005) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear amber with a medium white head...nice lacing and decent retention. Aroma is very floral and citrusy...pineapple, orange, and mango...slightly sweet. Flavor has some spicy grapefruit and orange blossom...a bit of caramel and vanilla...ever so slight diacetyl? Mouthfeel is light/medium and silky and the finish is earthy, bitter, and dry.
Glouglouburp (5934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: An earthy fresh-hop IPA. Nice.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed a few weeks after purchase but probably a few months old
The look: Cloudy dark copper body topped by a large beige head with good retention
In long: Strong hoppy nose the way only a fresh-hop beer can be, plenty of hops with a signature that is at times very leafy, earthy, spicy, coniferous but also just overall woody, almost perfumed. Taste proposes a toasted grainy malts, lots of earth, forest floor, graham cookies, some caramel, some rusty notes, tree bark, leafy hops, coniferous hops. Bitterness level is medium. I don’t know how to word it or explain it but I find most fresh-hop IPAs feel a bit dirty, and this ones takes it to another level. This was rather tasty and nourishing. Felt like I was drinking a bitter dirty park bench. Not bad at all. But who the hell decided to put Philadelphia in such a bad neighbourhood.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazy orange-yellow pour with a light tan head. Aroma of burnt caramel and tons of hops. Flavor is soapy with toasted malt, and pine. Bitter, earthy finish with citrus notes. A bit astringent.
GT2 (8159) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
651mL. Pour is a lightly hazed tea amber with a medium, yellowish, creme head. Spotty lace. Cedar and sharp lemon, citrus, melon nose. Taste is wildly bitter, very nutty with loads of dark chocolate and nut skins/shells. Softer mouthfeel. Quenching and bitter with no cheesy hops at least. Not bad.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Iced tea, caramel and hop nose, a bit cereal grains. The taste is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, rather stale, watery malts, some citrus hops.spruce,
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Cloudy amber brown, white head. Aroma of floral pine, and a bit of caramel. Taste is very bitter, over the top.
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGTHS: Very dark pale ale. I’m like it from the start. It had a ton of hops flavor. It was sort of in between a regular and a black IPA. Definitely different. Tons of flavor, but it could use a little more body or to be less oily. It was a little like Yakima Glory Lite. It may not be to style, but it is a great beer.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark amber that was just about brown in the glass with and average to large, tan head that mostly diminished except for a thin sheet that left good lacing. The aroma was nice but weak. It had light molasses and caramel; lighter roasted malt; light pine and resin; something slightly rubbery. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and light to moderately bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and moderately to rather bitter with an average to long duration. There was roasted malt, caramel malt, molasses, maple syrup, piney hops, resinous hops, citrus rind, hints of rubber and grapefruit. The medium body was really oily and made the body seem even lighter. It also had lightly fizzy carbonation and a slightly metallic finish.
cfrancis (2248) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to jrocket for this. Pours a dark brown with a big frothy white head. Great head retention. Aroma is earthy wood hop bitterness and light malt. Taste is a woody hop bitterness, a great bite. Strong malt backbone with is rare for me with harvest IPA’s and makes this beer great.
blipp (5826) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours deep amber with an off white head. Floral hoppy aroma with toasty sweet malty notes. The flavor has floral hops, sweet malts, toasty notes, a light nuttiness, and a medium bitter finish. Pretty good.
ben4321 (3749) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 1/26/11
Aroma: The initial whiff is fresh and hoppy, but that dissipates quite quickly. Once that initial whiff passes, the nose is more toasty, there’s bitter pine, some light butter, and a touch of caramel.
Appearance: A cloudy caramel amber colored beer with a bubbly beige head and spotty lace
Flavor: The taste is fairly dry with a light sweetness, pine, floral, earth, and a little citrus
Palate: It is medium bodied and it has a fairly long finish
Overall, this beer was alright. I was honestly expecting better when I first opened it, so I’m a little disappointed, but it isn’t bad either. It’s exactly that, not great, not bad, just sort of eh...