obxdude10 (2102) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Another disappointing IPA. I canít really remember the last time I tasted a new one and really loved it. This one misses the mark as well. As soon as I poured it, I knew it wasnít going to cut it. Just about every IPA that is as light in color as this turns out to be a dud. The color is a light gold, looking more like a Miller Lite than a craft-brewed IPA. The off-white head is the only thing that saved its score on appearance. The head is very soft and creamy, and leaves a nice trail of lacing around the glass. The aroma leaves much to be desired as well. There are some hints of hops, but much of it is malt and grain. The flavors are fairly thin, with the hops only appearing with much force toward the back end of the body. Just as in the nose, there is an abundance of malt in much of the flavors. The finish and aftertaste leave an almost sour flavor, with a stale flowery taste. Iíve been thinking for a long time that I need to give up on these variety packs from craft brewers, but I keep going back. After this case, I am going to seriously reconsider. This IPA is a huge disappointment.
probstblueribbon (3218) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2008
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
12 fl. oz. bottle via Lubiere, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Cloudy amber with a large, loose froth that leaves decent lacing.
Aroma: Some grapefruit and pine hops, hints of sugary sweetness and vague fruitiness, a bit of caramel malt too.
Palate: Medium-thin body, soft effervescence, slightly astringent.
Flav.: Dead compared to the nose, a little light citrusy hops, a touch of earthy malts, thatís it; a little tart, quite thin and a touch bitter.
Dacrza (586) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thick, pillowy head on an extremely light, tawny body that leaves cirrus tracings--explosive, effervescent, like dragonís breath.... what to make of this? Active and aggressive... Hops, yes: light and fragrant, and pleasing... FLAT as an IPA gets (and the rest of the sampler is fine), with straw and some fruitiness exist in the beguiling body... light and soft on the tongue--very unassuming, almost retreating in its presence--and that is not a compliment...overall, an average appreciation of the style--drinkable without the fanfare of spruce trees or crunchiness at every sip... not bad...
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle via Johnnykat (thanks man!). Cool looking art on the bottle of course. Pours a very hazy amber with a alrge head. Nose is earthy/spicy hops and some yeasty phenols. Tastes like you would expect...some spicy hops...ginger, cardomom, pineapple, pine. Carbonation is moderate/high and body is medium/full. Donít care too much for this one, is a bit too dirty and muddled for my liking. I think it may even be infected... It is unique and PERHAPS is art..but just a bit too abstract for my tastebuds. Not all art is worth observing.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAY 20, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Poured a cloudy golden amber in color with a thick bright white head. Aroma is nicely balanced between fruity hops and an undercurrent of maltiness. Flavor is of grassy hops (Cascade for sure) and little of the aromatic malts. The y talk about this beer being "mildly bitter", but it is plenty bitter. Flavor of hops is very dominant and tasty. Finishes cleanly and the hoppy bitterness does not linger too long. An average IPA, but one that I would willingly repeat in the near future
rocbyter (1928) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - APR 22, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This 22oz bottle has a June 02, 2006 sticker on the bottom, kinda old for a IPA. The aroma is faint with malts and slight hops. Also a scunky smell. Pale orange-yellow hazy color. Not much in the way of a head. Watered down taste of malt in the begining. Mild hops come through in the finish. A fresh bottle might be decent, but I was not impressed with this IPA.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma is aromaless. Ok not quite, but close enough for government work....very vaugely hoppy. Dusty brown with a massive and fluffly white head that is very bubbly. Fore is lightly hoppy...lightly malty...lightly citric and heavily boring. Put some freaking ingredients in your beer please! At least it doesnít taste bad...it just doesnít taste. BMC, IPA is what this is.
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
this is crap. there are no hops, no bitterness and it just sucks. it tastes like water. i think bud light is better than this crap cuz you expect bud light to suck
SpringsLicker (3224) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 11, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light gold with a generous white head.
Light malt accompanied by some lightly perfumed hops. Fruity.
Slightly sweet with some underlying bitterness as it moves towards the finish. A bit of cardboard. Needs more malt and hop complexity with just a touch more body.
sirsirus (60) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Rather disappointing. Just lacks any unique character. The aroma is of a faint fruity, grapefruity, sweet, the colour is light and looks the same as any Kolsch, the flavor strikes you as a fairly bland IPA, the palate variety does little to expound on the latitude granted by an IPA brew style, the carbonation is fairly high and the finish is relatively mild. Get your IPAs elsewhere.