alassio (70) - USA - SEP 10, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I really liked their Imperial Pilsner, but this is a cascading wall of hops that disappears into a big palate black hole. I would say that you have to work hard to enjoy it, but even working hard doesn’t do it. It has an empty minerally soda pop body that is going into the masaman curry tonight, where it should nicely offset some of the sweetness.
travita (3642) - Frisco, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The smell is light hops, citrus, pine, and caramel. The look is golden in color, clear, and has a off white head. The taste is light bitterness, hops, pine, and some alcohol.
bblack99 (525) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stevens Point has made it to Kansas City! I grabbed this IPA along with Point Oktoberfest since it was inexpensive and a brewer I hadn’t tried before.
I got: a coppery amber pour with a big, dense off-white head that laced and sheeted nicely (can you say fresh hops?) Smell is amazingly malty and nutty, hiding the 8.5% ABV and the half-dozen varieties of hops well. Caramel malts come through in the flavors as well, but the hops come out of hiding and explode in series, flowery, spicy, bitter, citrus, bitter (I should probably learn which variety is which).
Yes, the malt takes some of the spotlight from the 6 hops. Yes, it’s a bit thin. And yes, you don’t get much of a sense of alcohol other than the tingly aftertaste. However, that doesn’t mean this isn’t a good beer. In fact, with a bit less alcohol, you could fit this in the plain IPA category and it would do very well!
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was just disappointing. Aroma was mainly note of grass and pine...as was the flavor. Malt presence was overly sweet. No alcohol presence. I’ve had far better DIPAs, and even better ones that are really only average. I’m a huge hophead, but after this I just wanted to cry.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear golden body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of toasted grain, grass, earth, and caramel. Flavor of hops (citrus, pineapple, grass), toasted grain, and caramel malt.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Moving onto the second beer offering from my affable sister is the Whole Hog 6-Hop IPA. Mm… IPA good. I do love me some hops, whether they be more hoppy or more malty, an IPA is always a palate-pleasing journey.
A beautifully polished amber and mahogany brew spreads out before me, topped by a miniscule coppery head that flees the scene as quickly as his previous brethren had. Scattered bubbles of fragile girth linger while a faint stream of carbonation breaks through, releasing a gentle nose of hops. A very wet nose, he crunches with caramelized maple, brown sugars, and dances with succulent esters of orange and pine. Her coppery hues indicate, rightly so, that she is a malty IPA, balancing the best of both sides. I stand below a forest of dew-dropped fir trees with wood esters wafting through the air as old leaves bleed beneath my feet. Herbs such as rosemary and thyme mingle with his crunchy sweet and foresty nose for an intriguing mix. Curiosity peeked, I raise my glass to curious lips and am let down by how thin and weak his touch is. Watery and far more meager in palate, if I try hard enough I can detect faint flavors of wood, fir, dry leaves, rosemary, and thyme. His most prominent feature is actually his crunchy sweet malty profile which dominates from start to finish. He leaves an eye-pleasing trail of lace as his contents continue to lessen in volume in my glass. Little body, little mouthfeel, and little palate equals out to a less than impressive beer, especially considering he is supposed to be a 6-Hop IPA. Now, a lot doesn’t have to mean A LOT, but when boasting of great ingredients, I at least expect something close to great taste, big or not.
I enjoyed the Whole Hog Imperial Pilsner, but the Whole Hog 6-Hop IPA was a thin disappointment. A drain-pour by no means, but lacking in oomph everywhere except the nose. Now, for those who are hop novices, this might be an excellent stepping-stone beer since, for all its meager flavor, it still manages to find a medium balance of flavor between hops and malts.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Pours a transparent amber orange with a thin, wispy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet toffee and mild butterscotch (not necessarily the diacetyl kind) with some juicy piny hops. Starts with good fullness and a sugary sweet maltiness with some light fruity notes and some orange and spruce character before a slightly more bitter finish. An ok IPA, but could use a bigger citrusy hop profile.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured a reddish/amber with a thin white head. aroma of caramel, orange, and peach. flavor was sweet, pine, slight grass. light body as well.
heemer77 (5075) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2011 Second try, a little better this time. Less citrus and more dry. Old review follows. Dark copper colored body with a fluffy khaki head on top. The initial nose is oranges with some almonds and toast. Up front, it smells like most big IPA’s. Toasted almonds and grapefruit and fairly strong up front. However, the finish is a syrupy sweet mess of orange juice and pistachios. I wanted to like this one more, but the finish ruins it for me.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Somewhat hazy orange color with a decent white head. Citrusy aroma, orange and grapefruit maybe. Citrus flavor as well, a slight hop bitterness in the finish, pretty good IPA.