KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber color. Smell of hops, malt, citrus and flowers. Taste of hops, citrus, malt and grass. Very watery. Hardly no flavor.
garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2008
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Slightly hazy golden color with a large white head. Malty aroma with maybe a hidden citrus scent. Light body and lower carbonation. Some bitterness that indicates hops, but not a lot. A very subdued citrus hint in the flavor. A bit heavy in the thicke, short finish.
highibus (737) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent color and head, but little aroma. But only a decent ipa. I won’t buy again, but it is not terrible.
EKGoldings (556) - Radford, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2009 I thought this was a very nice beer, more of an APA than an IPA and perhaps thats why it is marked down from where I expect its rating should be. Supposedly around 38.5 IBUs according to redhook’s site, which aligns with my taste notes. I thought this had a nice hop balance, not much malt, a bit more carbonation than I like, great taste and, as somebody said earlier, makes a nice session beer with its easy drinking style. I think I’ll get a flat of this. Again, its below IPA style guidelines for IBUs but is still a fine APA. This is MUCH better on tap.
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a yellowish light amber with an inch of frothy white head. Slightly sweet aroma with a lot of hops. Light, fizzy body with only a little sweet fruit taste before the mediocre hop finish. Leaves a light bitter that doesn’t really last. Decent session IPA.
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear amber. Piney hops on the nose. The taste starts citrusy and finishes hoppy. Smooth. Not as hoppy as the top quality IPAs, but still enjoyable. Not as bad as its rated.
thooper41 (548) - BELGIUM - MAR 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle: pours amber brown with minimal white head, aroma slight hint of hops, flavor pretty hoppy slightly citrusy. surprised to see this one rated so bad. pretty decent IPA.
zach8270 (3585) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Hazy light orange color with a very thin and soapy white head. Aroma is hoppy and floral with some notes of grapefruit and malt. Flavor tastes like a pretty standard IPA; bitter and floral hops at the beginning with a lightly sweet and citrusy middle with a very slight bitter finish. Aftertaste is almost nonexistent.
clueo (157) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice amber color with a nose of grapefruit and hops. Taste is hoppy with a touch of fruit and a nice finish. A good IPA.
ketchepillar (1170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Surprised to see this is rated so poorly. It’s not great, but nowhere near bad. Pleasant hoppiness in the aroma, but it’s a bit weak. A little too sweet for my tastes as well. This beer is a bit confused, it wants to have the force of a strong west coast IPA, but, coming from Redhook, it must also bitch out and tame things down a little for mass appeal. Close to being a very good IPA, but not quite.