ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a beautiful amber color with great clarity. About one fingerís worth of (off-white) head is formed; while itís not the best retaining, it has a good creaminess and leaves a bit of lacing behind. Quite a good-looking IPA.
S: The hops are effusive, but not aggressive. Piny notes are at the forefront, with a slight melon, mango, and grapefruit undercurrent. Some biscuity malt tries to pop out of the glass at times. This one has an aroma reminiscent of - more than any other IPA - Sculpin. Thatís not a bad place to be.
T: This is very piny in flavor, especially as it first hits the palate. A few twinges of grapefruit and melon tries to appear, but this is primarily a pine bomb. It finishes with some maltiness - and uh oh, itís crystal malt. That damn toffee finish is unmistakable. And sure enough, it cloys my palate after about 2/3rds the bottle. When they appear, the subtle fruit notes are absolutely the highlight of this brew.
M: Iím not a fan of the finishing feel: itís far too tongue-scrapingly rough and even astringent. A shame, because it hurts the crispness this beer also has. Itís still drinkable, but in a rather unrefined manner.
O: Not a bad IPA, but the potential to be great with only a tweak or two is there. All that does is make it even more disappointing. Cutting down on the crystal malt presence would go a long, LONG way. Quoth the TWC, nevermore.
kerenmk (3814) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 18, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at avrashiís place. Thanks Rotem. Clear-to-hazy amber with a white film., Old hops, onion and a little skunk in the nose, sweetish and a little bitter in the mouth, sweet finish, long, balanced fizz.
DSG (10834) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 29, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at avrashiís place. Thanks Rotem. Clear golden. Aroma of rather stale citric hops, graininess, and a bit of cardboard. Flavor has sweetiswh malt, graininess, and bitterish stale hops. Medium-bodied. Not too fresh.
jrob21 (3333) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from the sister again. Hop profile gets into that medicinal and band aid sort of realm that hasnít quite worked for me recently. Decent malt backbone with some caramel and toffee again. Big body and flavors.
altonbrownd (5166) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Mills Annapolis. Nice amber body with medium head. Nose of fruits, caramel, some citrus. Taste hoppy, with some bitter. Nice texture. Bitter in the finish. Well done.
AverageAl (1) - Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2015 does not count
1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
One of the worst beers ever to come out of Maryland. It was skunky to the point that I seriously doubt that it ever had a good flavor.
drmet (705) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
-pours a clear copper-brown with a big frothy beige head
-high carbonation visible
- the nose plus spices,slightly zesty with a dry,resiny finish
high carbonation,medium body,no alcohol detectable
I found this too malty for an IPA.
as a Fan of fruity IPA variants this didnt do it for me
weihenweizen (2892) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Refrigerated 12 oz. bottle poured into a glass. Clear golden with small white head. Aroma is light pine hops, medium body, low carbonation, and good thin bubble lacing. Taste is light herbal hops.
callmemickey (4148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden orange, medium to thin white head, spotty lacing. Mellow citrus, florals, and just a touch of cracker. Medium bodied with moderate to lively carbonation, semi-dry, muted finish with mild bitterness.
reberiii (483) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grapefruit, hop punch, but not too fruity. Slight alcohol burn. Touch of garlic, sweet middle, small citrus, bitter finish.
joejames (458) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours clear amber, quick white head, no real lacing or retention. Aroma of citrus fruits and caramel. Taste is moderately bitter, moderate sweetness. Medium body, light carbonation, soapy mouth feel. Finishes moderately bitter. Tasting notes of pine, citrus and caramel. Nothing real special here but drinkable.