tennisjoel (1245) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2009 Hazy amber pour with an average white head. Interesting aroma for the style. Sweeter almost like a IIPA. Based on that I expect it to be more malt heavy. Like a sugary version of an IPA. I kind of like this though. Somewhat different from many others in the style and unique for a regular strength IPA. Pretty good. Actually the flavor gets a bit cloying as I keep sipping this, causing me to deduct a couple tenths of a point. Probably the pacman yeast that frankly Iím not too fond of. As I keep drinking, this is one up and down beer. It seems as though Iíll like it for a while, then the taste goes south, but then it improves to a good beer. This is truly a mystery beer. One minute I like it, the next I donít care much at all for it. Weird, as Iíve never quite had an experience like this with a brew before.
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle.. hazy golden pour,medium white head, good lacing.aroma of grapefruit and caramel.very strong citrus and floral hop flavor with a thick malt backbone.dry earthy ,resiny finish. medium bodied and light carbonation .
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a mildly hazy dull light amber color, big thick two inches of pillowy head that sticks around well. Aromas of mixed light fruity tangerine sweetness and some mild sharpness. Subdued but pleasant aroma. Flavor starts with a sharp astringent hop bitterness, citrus and floral notes. Semi sweet, chewy bread malt body. Slight astringent notes on the flavor as well. Palate also shows some of that astringency, full flavor, light on the carbonation, with a slightly bitter finish. Seems to be some inconsistency with this one- Iíve had bottles that were close to superb, and some the were only good. Overall a likeable if flawed IPA.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle might have been from capones but im not sure. Pours an amber golden body with an off white head. Sweet with a nice hoppy body citrus, and some lighter grapefruit. I would have liked more hops to really intensify the flavors here. A good offering for a large release.
jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2009
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Sampled at Dark Lord Day 09. Thanks to the Shoreline Mug Club members outta South Bend for bringing this one. Quite honestly, I thought this was a decent IPA, although nothing outstanding. The little 1-2 gallon keg it was in was pretty cool, and I could see drinking this at some kind of picnic, but compared to some of the other stuff I was drinking at the same time, it was just "meh". Great hop profile, nice bitterness, and balanced.
manuchampions (1243) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Funky but subdued hop aroma on pouring. Lighter yellow gold than many other IPAís. Tastes very citrus and floral with a solid biscuity malt. Finished well but not as great as some of the other IPAís Iíve been sampling recently.
Hopeye (39) - Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A solid IPA. I donít know if itís just the name, but it seems best for winter consumption. And the label is hilarious.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours hazy golden amber in color with foamy tan head. Aroma citrus hops and caramel. Taste bitter grapefruit with bitter finish.
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber. first time i had this one it was labeled yellow smow ale maybe 02 or 03. Pours a light orange/amber with medium off white head. aroma is citrusy light pine some caramel malts. has a orange taste comming through finishes mildly bitter.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber pours a hazy straw gold body with a lavish almond head. Aroma has citrusy grapefruit and orange with toasty caramel tones. Creamy medium body supports a solid honey caramel malt backbone. Hops overshadow the malt, with assertive grapefruit, pine, and grassy bitterness. Some Pacman yeast twang underneath. A solid IPA.