islay (771) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint glass on tap at Macís Industrial Sports Bar in Nordeast Minneapolis, MN. Weak, "beery" (i.e., American pale lager-like) aroma with a strong apple juice smell. Absolutely remarkable appearance: Creamy, opague, orange/tan color with a moderate amount of creamy and cream-colored head. Produces the thickest, most extensive, and longest-lasting lacing that I have ever seen (Iím not exaggerating). It looks as though it was poured from a nitro tap, but it wasnít. The waitress told me that it was from the end of the keg, so maybe itís not supposed to look like this. I hope it is, however, because it looks incredible! The flavor is surprisingly malty given the style. It is sugary and fruit-sweet. A typical IPA hops bitterness emerges after multiple sips and is present in the aftertaste. Very smooth and soft in the palate. Medium to heavy body. Overall, this is an interesting, up-and-down sort of beer. Iím not sure how much I like it (I certainly have mixed feelings about it), but I am more than willing to give it another try.
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light orange/yellow color with very little head. Flavor is orange/apricot/peach with a somewhat grainy sweetness to it. Finish is on the thin side, with a gentle hop bitterness. Not an extreme IPA, but good, and I could drink a couple at a time.
Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2007 On tap at the Muddy Pig. The pour is yellowish, marginally cloudy orange. Aromas are odd but interesting: butterscotch, vanilla and mint with a touch of bready malt. Tastes of some acidic citrus - apricot, orange - with a little floral character. Kind of sours a little as it warms; certainly best consumed very cold.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy/cloudy golden amber, with half an inch of white foam. Good head retention, fine lacing. Pine hops in the aroma, but I really had to search for it.
Hops domintate - pine, apricot, and juicy orange - very flavorful. Decent but not outstanding malt backbone with mainly caramel. Hops linger in the aftertaste. Light carbonation, body a bit on the thin (but not watery) side.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 i forgot i had this quality brew from WI! Enjoyed at the arbor fest back in may. ONe of my top beers from that day, a real nice ipa and it went down sandy smooth.
KSS (102) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice IPA. A very good IPA with a floral aroma and citrus flavor that I will definitely enjoy again.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark yellowish colour with a bias towards orange with some grainyness and a nice fizzy head. I wish I had been more in the mood for an IPA the night I had this as it was very good and certainly deserves more than a single 12 ounce serving. This IPA is dominated by floral and cirtus hops. A fresh spring field aroma with a serving of freshly squeezed lemon. I loved the texture and weight of this beer in my mouth. Lots of fresh hop flavour, again leaning towards the citrus. A really good beer. Iíd like to get my hands on more of rush rivrís brews.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Top: Cloudy Honey with White Head. Grocery Store Produce Aroma. Grapefruit Citrus Aroma. Heavy Hop and Citrus Flavor. Heavy Hop Finish. Very Nice!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light yellow with a good head. Nose quite hoppy, plenty of pine, some malty sweetness. Flavor is bracingly hoppy and spicy, big pine, decent malts for balance. A bit thin, but still quite nice.
JK (4156) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This small brewery came through with one of the best IPAís at the pale ale heavy 2005 ABR. Powerful herbal hops with some citrus as well. The plain yellow appearance leaves something to be desired, but the assertive taste and heavy palate makes up for that.