SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2009 This is a re-rate 07/04/2009 since the recipe change. Pours a cloudy gold, white head. Nice aroma of some citrus, pine. Flavor is malty and fruity, some pine, with a dirty bitter. Mouth feel is medium body with high carbonation. Overall, not bad but kinda harsh, not balanced....
Kevin (2059) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from lumpy. light hazed yellow sticky white head. aroma is a bit different than i expected, floral and at first whiff i thought skunk, then i got a better whiff. it is a yeasty hop mix that is earthy & floral. i like the malt flavor that hides under the hops, a bit of tree bark with a less sweet caramel if that makes any sense. the hops are dominant but not overpowering. a bit of orange in the finish. spicey hop notes work well w/the light caramel.
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kidmartinek (3551) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2007
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I tinted yellow brew that pours with almost no head that diminishes very rapidly. The brew has little carbonation. The aroma is dirty and reminds me of a stinky closet. The taste is thick, like milk, and dominated by barley malt flavors. Iím not sure why they call this an IPA, except that it is bitter.
jsquire (3400) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pale golden color with a big foamy white head. Light spicey nose. The first taste is a pepper and spice flavor that I sure donít expect in an IPA. Banana, lemon, stale yeast and some orange rind bitterness in the finish. Lots of carbonation. This is one odd IPA. Itís an odd beer in general.
mmmbeer (1235) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
From 12 oz bottle- poured transparent yellow, bubbly head rapidly disappeared, color not very characteristic of IPAís. Some carbonation, aroma of malt, very little hop aroma. Hits the mouth with a thin body, hops do go from start to finish, but are very mild. Alot to be desired, almost an IPA with training wheels.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
There are a ton of IPAs available in the US market, and this is not among the best. In fact, it is in the bottom half. Very mild and lackluster flavor make it both inoffensive and uninteresting.
Poured a very light amber color. Aroma was decidedly not hoppy, and was rather malty and faint. There was some light-struck aroma and flavor (this beer is in a brown bottle and bought from a cooler). Flavor was a bit cardboard-y and offered some maltiness, but the hop that was present was very mild and not enough to hold my interest nor really balance the significant malt presence in the beer. It wasnít undrinkable, but I wonít be having it again.
I bought this as a single from the Grapevine Market wine shop in Austin, Texas.
travita (3857) - Frisco, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask conditioned at the fall beer tasting at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth. Slightly warm hazy and golden with a decent head. Hop flavor and taste but somewhat weak for an IPA.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Very dark straw body with a thin ring of bubbles. Looks like malt liquor. Nose-stale hops, soda water. Taste-bitter and fizzy like Alka-Seltzer. Tingly, bitter, chalky, soil. Very little hops in this IPA. The only hop influence is in the bitterness. Just too much like soda water to enjoy. Some flavor hops come through in the finish but it isnít near enough to save it.
redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a golden-yellow with a white head. Flowery, citrus aroma. For the split second before the hoppiness of the IPA kicks in... the German influence can be tasted. Perhaps that is the reason I donít dislike this beer as much as I do most IPAs.
12 oz. bottle.
ilovedarkbeer (2230) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2007
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Truly a terrible brewery. Once again a nasty beer. Pours yellow orange color. When I smelled the nose it was like mint and garbage and old hops and skunk. Tastes totally unbalanced with a mishmash of hops and malt. A real mess of a beer. I wont be touring this facility any time soon!