crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2010
1.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
NOTHING on the nose. when I say nothing, I mean nothing.. IPA is supposed to have some hops on the nose. shove this under my face, blindfold me, and I dont know a beer is in front of me. it is THAT absent and lacking.
taste... well... kinda tastes like it smells. nothing. While I am excited that Rahr put out a beer that is over 5% (can tell because the label actually says Ale rather than beer) this is a real failure. I can see what they are trying to do here, make a beer that the mass oblivious texans would buy in place of the BMC products, but for someone that likes beer, dont buy it.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber, not much head. Not much aroma for an IPA either - seems to be mostly malt. Taste is bitter with some hops flavor.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
CASK at Gingerman in Plano. Pours amber with a creamy off white head. Aroma of toffee candy and floral hops. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Flavor of toffee and caramel malts countered by a spicy bitterness. Dry and hairspray like finish, which loses some points
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUL 31, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Amber in the glass with a creamy off-white head that had a thin layer lasting. Subdue hoppy aroma. The flavor had caramel, toasted malts, and a hop background. Light body and light bitterness.
degbert (962) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from bottle. Nose is floral more than citrus, with an almost-violet overtone. Color pours dark for an IPA; a rich amber with an even moussy head. The taste is rich malt and an odd, almost medicinal overtone; the hops bitterness comes through on the close, and the carbonation is cleansing and light. If it wasn’t for that phenolic/boozy/medicinal thing going on, this would be a great IPA. As it is, it’s just okay.
brokensail (9806) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 29, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The pour is a clear amber color with a moderate off-white head and some spotty lacing.
S: The nose is rather mild with some sweet orange notes as well as a bit of sugar and light malt.
T: The sweet, orangey sweetness is in the forefront with perhaps floral notes. Other than the rather "light" hoppiness, there are bready malt flavors and a touch of bitterness on the finish.
M: The body is medium with a somewhat low carbonation and bit of a "flat" mouthfeel.
D: This was not a very impressive example of an IPA. Lackluster flavors and aromas, and I wasn’t a fan of the mouthfeel either.
emacgee (3796) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Cavie for sending. Pours a soft hazy peach with a one to two finger creamy head. Nose is piney and herbaceous, some age, malty, caramel. Flavor is malty with a medium bitterness, some corn, grassy hop character. Palate has low carbonation and a metallic bitterness.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle pours a hazy orange amber with a thin off white head. The head leaves quickly but laces well. Aroma is caramel, toffee and some sewer water. Has a dedent carbonation. The flavor is differnt at best. Has a metalic sweetness. Not much in the way of hops. The body is light. Has a watery texture. The finish is weak with not much of an aftertaste. Not awful but not good either.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle thanks to cavie. poured hazy orange with no head that i can mention. let me start also by saying that this was in the freezer for about an hour and a half because i forgot it was in there. aroma was caramel malt and a weird dirty diaper like smell. flavor was very grapfruit and citrus. not really a very good ipa.
thirdeye11 (5378) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Draught at brewery) Pours opaque orange with nice lasting creamy head. Nose of citrus hops, grapefruit and dirty water. Taste matches and that signature Rahr ’bad water’ character is here as well. Finish is creamy, but quite bitter as well. Not really that drinkable, but depending upon the day I might have 2 if they were free at the brewery.