ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark copper color - itís even a bit darker than I expect from most IPAs. The head forms a two-finger offwhite shade, and features a soft creaminess. Retention isnít great, though, but thereís some nice lacing left down the glass.
S: I really donít get much hops here. The hoppiness I do detect, however, is quite pleasant, with notes of mango and grapefruit. This really strikes me as malty - and not the good kind either, more of the "way too much crystal malt" kind. As such, caramel and toffee abound.
T: Slight citrusy hops flash themselves on the palate at first. However, itís quickly washed away by tons of caramel, toffee, marzipan, and nutty flavors. Spicy, herbal hops return on the back end. Iím never a huge fan of these "pine-and-crystal-malt" IPAs, and this one in particular is too sweet.
M: This feels bigger than it really is, and thatís not quite a compliment. Itís heavy-feeling on the palate and goes down (relatively) slowly due to lazy carbonation. Itís a bit softer/less coarse than I expected from this kind of IPA, however.
O: Itís just too malty for me. A very average beer: itís reasonably well made yet forgettable, with a definite íplease the massesí vibe to it. I wouldnít buy it again with so many great IPAs on the market.
obguthr (4902) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dried leaves nose. Clear amber, thin head. Dried leaves. Medium body, soft carbonation. Very little hop presence. More like an amber.
tia (1431) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle @ RVA 22nd. Light Amber with white head. Smells slightly peachy. Tastes kind of sweet and gross.
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared by maniac at the 22nd Richmond Gathering.Clear amber, large foamy tan head, decent retention. Aroma of piney, resin hops, pale malts. The taste is green, herbal hops, pale malt. Medium bodied, mild lingering bitterness.
radio_nowhere (1257) - Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Buffalo Wild Wings in Frederick, MD. Served in a wheat beer glass, clear copper amber color with off-white head. Aroma of tropical fruity hops (almost reminds me of Hawaiian Punch) and doughy malt sweetness. Taste adds notes of caramel, citrus and grapefruit/pine hop bitterness. Medium-light body, moderate-low carbonation, dry with fruity hop finish. Interesting fruity IPA bordering on too sweet.
BeerdedDave (980) - - DEC 21, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at Buffalo Wild Wings in Hagerstown, MD; clear amber color; citrusy, fruity aroma; nice and hoppy; lots of citrusy hops and tropical fruit notes; medium bodied malt base with light caramel notes
Terp1977 (63) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at BWW. Really drinkable IPA. Smooth. Robust smell. Highly recommend.
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TylerGreenDC (622) - - MAY 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft. Aroma of toasty toffee. Flavors are toasted malt forward with tart grapefruit. Nice.
kramer (5499) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a clear copper body under a small fizzy off-white head that faded to a wispy film. The nose is pretty heavy on the crystal malt, it outweighs the hops by a good margin in the aroma. What hops are in here are slightly floral in nature. The flavor pretty well mimics the aroma as far as the hop-malt balance goes. Hard to think of this as an IPA when the hops are second fiddle to the malt. Lots of sweet crystal and caramel malt up front and a lingering brown sugar note after the lightly bitter hops fade. Medium bodied and a bit clingy with fizzy soft carbonation. Not the kind of IPA Iím looking for.
MadRobin (2501) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle at Donna's in Charles Village, Baltimore, MD.
Clear, medium-dark amber with a fluffy off-white head and very good lacing.
Aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, sweet lemon, mango, orange and malt.
Taste of orange, pineapple, mango, crystal malt, grass and grapefruit.
Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
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lamas (1492) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A clear copper pour with a smallish beige head. Grapefruits, oranges, sour lemons, plenty of zesty citrus rinds, resiny pine, and a fair amount of caramel maltiness feature prominently in the aroma. Thin to medium-bodied on the way down. Some crisp caramel maltiness starts things off taste-wise. Semi-sweet cereal grains and a biscuity breadiness follow. Grapefruits, lemon zest, and lots of citrus rinds at the tail-end. Finishes bitter with a lingering dryness. Not bad at all.