raphael (830) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice but nothing special. Light in color with a minimal head. Thinnner in the mouth than expected, Some harshness in the hop flavor.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with a small off-white head. Hoppy aroma of citrus, earthy and floral with some light caramel. Spicy/floral hop flavor with some light caramel. Citrus and earthy hops midway through. Moderately bitter finish with citrus/earthy/floral hop notes.
dbarnold (1125) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Exceeded my expecatations. This was an assertive, well balanced IPA. Pours light orange with good head. Hoppy, bitter nose. Piney and refreshing with a light body and clean finish. Good IPA.
jcwattsrugger (10903) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle-tight rich offwhite head with trailing lace-gold. A-pine/orange/perfumy, some lt malt. T-perfumy/pine/orange/herbal hops with some bite, 2nd lt malt-doughy.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Total Wine, Durham. Medium bodied pour, bright gold with modest carbonation. Nose of grassy hops and a touch of fruitiness, fairly typical of Pike’s solid IPAs. Palate is a bit overly smooth, at times even waxy, but there’s a lingering prickliness on the tongue and a dry finish to compensate for this a bit. Flavors are a bit disjointed, with candy sweetness and super grassy bitters never quite finding a compromise. Decent.
ChainGangGuy (4272) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Heavily hazed, pale golden body with an initially lofty, but not very long-lived, off-white head.
Smell: Moist, juicy, pithy citrus rinds with a backing of white pine (and a bit of cracked pepper) over restrained malt notes really just giving a single note of biscuits sans biscuit tops.
Taste: Modest maltiness, just a bit of biscuit innards, really. Very low sweetness. Sharp, citric hops with orange oil and white grapefruit, but also some ribbons of fresh, resinous pine. Sprinkling of pepper, too. Maybe even a thin hint of peach as well. Displays a full bitterness which rolls along unopposed until the dry with a soft, sleekly textured finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: A fine IPA, in that is was fine.
Sledutah (4066) - Utah, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle picked up at Total Wine
Appearance: Clear golden with a big frothy white head and sticky lacing
Aroma: Grapefruit and oranges
Taste: Grapefruit, bready, citrus with a herbal bitterness in the finish
A nice solid IPA
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle: pours a clear deep golden bronze with a clingy-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a fresh herbal fruity hop nose with some sweet toasty caramel and toffee notes. Starts with pretty good fullness and effervescence with sweet toasted caramel malts and a fresh piny hop flavor and crisp bitter balance before a drier bittersweet finish. Somewhat malt heavy for an IPA, but pretty smooth nonetheless.
obguthr (3385) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Peach, oats, and lemongrass on the nose. Hazy amber, medium yellow head. Hops are a bit stale, but whole orange and lemon zest are discernible. Serviceable, but not special. Probably not as fresh as it could be.
TheBeerGod (5003) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy amber with a short white head. Aroma is floral hops, citrus fruit, earthy hops and soft malt. Taste is strong spicy hops, earthy hops, floral notes, softer citrus, toasted malt and light caramel. Body is medium with a strong carbonation and moderate lingering bitterness. Finishes with orange juice, tropical fruit, spicy hops, floral notes and soft malt.