hombrepalo (1818) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from Archer Liquors. Llight rye spicyness and hints of alcohol. light hop flavor up front, lightly bitter from start to finish, low medium rye flavor, medium caramel, and light toasted malt. The finish is semi dry & lightly bitter, and aftertaste has a pronounced rye malt flavor and pineapple hop. Lighter medium body, medium carbonation, well hidden alcohol, and smooth body. A good, but not great IIPA.
guzzler67 (1491) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mildly hazed, amber/orange appearance with a medium size head and good lacing. Bready malts come through in the aroma at first, backed up with floral hops. The large mix of hops adds a modest amount of depth to the taste, with resin and soft fruit among the flavors. Cracker-like maltiness adds some balance. Bitterness returns in the aftertaste. Long lasting finish is where the higher abv is most noticable. Think of this as more of an IPA than an IIPA, despite that higher abv. The best (so far) that Iíve had from this brewery.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle from the Four Firkins. Nice dark golden color, thin white head, no lacing. Aroma is pungent, sweet, piney, malty. Sharp bitter hoppy flavor with the bitterness lingering on the palate. Not a bad beer but I like more of the hoppy/citrus notes in my IPAís.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sextuple hopped brewed, take that Swiller. Oh wait, I just gave horny goat an idea. Clear amber with a two finger fluffy tan head that leaves a solid ring of lace around the glass. Aroma of citrus, pine, grapefruit, peaches, pineapple along with pale and sweet malt. Taste of resin, citrus, light fruit, crystal malt and mild sulfur. Moderate lasting bitterness and mildly sticky in body, itís a touch too abrasive. Itís okay but it seems to miss the mark after the promising start.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy pour, copper to amber, flourishes up a yellowish head, generous lace on the glass. Hops aroma, but not really a strong one, piney, then floral. Hops bitterness balanced with the sweet, cidery malt body of an amber ale, a bit of cream soda on the end. Wet, and cellary throughout, bit of tobacco smoke on the finish. Medium bodied, somewhat oily.
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2009
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
thin tan head that lays out quickly. Hazy copper hue. Nose is faint with malts, dirt, earth. Light bodied, little carbonation, light astringency. Dry malty flavors, bready, old, stale apples, light oxydative notes, watery. Dry, crappy finish. What a waste of malt and hops if there were really any used? Botttle procured @statelineliquors. You folks are way too generous.
webbcreative (111) - , Oklahoma, USA - NOV 1, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a nice deep cooper color with 2 finger white head.
Aroma = Sweet caramel malt, BA calls this a DIPA and I would tend to agree more with that, BUT Point calls this an IPA, so I gotta review according to that, this is too sweet smelling to be an IPA, and the aroma is decent, but it doesnt have that nice, citrus, piney smell that I like so much.
Taste = Again, sweet caramel malt, with big hop bitterness, but no citrus or piney hops, and the taste comes across like medicine.
Mouthfeel = For an IPA to thick and sticky.
Drinkability = Although itís 8.5% abv, you would never know it, so its pretty drinkable in that aspect, but overall I wouldnít be able to put down more than one of these because of the flavor.
Overall = If im looking for an IPA [or a DIPA] I would look almost ANYWHERE else but this one for that fix. And its actually getting worse at it warms to me.
arkurzynski (1484) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber. Spicy dry-hop aroma. Smooth sweet taste with nice Northwestern hopping.
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle. Small off-white head atop lightly hazed body. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, bread, light caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, pine, earthy, some caramel/bread, light booziness. Medium body, some resin. Wholly underwhelming.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the bomber bottle at the 2009 Crescent Moon Summer Beer Festival. Pours amber with a white head. Lots of caramel flavors. Good stuff, but not great.