degbert (1315) - 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 (12478) - 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 (4299) - 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 (5739) - 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.
garthicus (2779) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 4, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Thanks to Blutt59. Appearance: Ever so slightly hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma: Slight spice, wet cardboard, lemons, pepper, malt. Flavour: Agghhhh - the initially sweaty flavour made me shudder, bitter, lemon, chemicals of some sort, paper and leather.
Fratto (2803) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2009 I still need to have the 2009 brew as I was unimpressed with Stormcloud before. Not enough hops and a strange aftertaste.
*Not much of a change from the <2008 Stormcloud. A little thicker than I remember exchanged for a little less taste but more hops. I can’t decide which is better.
bhensonb (12136) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another ericandersnavy production. Pours light copper with a fluffy white head of large bubbles. Aromas of lightly roasted malt and spicey/grassy hop. Medium body with loosely frothy carbonation. Flavor is kind of like a bready hoppy pilsner. The grassiness renders it slightly astringent. Sort of demonstrates how beer styles can move together. Finishes bitter, and really enjoyable. Not a NW hop bomb, but it’s bitterly bitter, and that is what counts.
drowland (6663) - Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle from Cavie poured into a pint glass. Pours hazy orange with a medium off-white head. The aroma is a fair amount tamer than I was hoping, with a touch of malt and corn, maybe some bread in there. The flavor is slightly sweet with a touch of hard minerally bitterness and a hint of hop flavor on the finish. This really is a more traditional style IPA, not American. Thin-ish body and medium carbonation.