FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
November 2007 Bottle Date, Sampled December 2007
Pours with an initially two-finger thick, frothy, pale tan colored head that sits on top of an almost brilliantly clear, copper hued beer. The aroma is quite strange; it smells like some artificially flavored bubble gum. Ah, as I go in for a closer smell of the aroma it becomes clear that this particular smell comes from a mix of citrus hop notes and a rampant case of diacetyl. Buttery, slightly rancid, with notes of butterscotch too, it can be hard to get at the usual IPA aromatics under this assault. If you dig for it you can separate out some of the sweet, fruity citrus notes as well as some biscuit like malt aromatics.
Up front this beer is quite hoppy, with a light malt sweetness which accentuates flavors of grapefruit and orange zest. The beer continues with a powerful bitterness that unfortunately canít quite mask the reek of buttery diacetyl. The flavor is not quite as dominated by the diacetyl as the aroma is, but it still plays a huge role here and really gets in the way of the biting, dominant hop character. The diacetyl actually seems to make the bitterness quite harsh and even astringent.
I get the sense that this was a decent, quite hoppy IPA, unfortunately I just cant get to that beer due to the poor yeast management. I am a bit sensitive to diacetyl, but the levels in this beer are just way too much.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice looking hazey peach color. Finger high head of firm and frothy foam of off-whitish hue. This was served in a frosted mug at Old Chicago and it was to determine what the lacing was doing but there was a nice froth always present.
Pretty good aroma of soft pine, kinda resembled a balsalm wood character along with some nice rounded citrusy stuff twisted in of grapefruit and dulled lemon.
Taste is good, not overly hoppy really, but well-balanced in nature with a solid rendition of some softer pineyness matched well with a decent caramel malting. Quite creamy in taste and body while maintaining a nice hoppy tone of pine and firm notings of citrusy red grapefruit. Clean finish, nothing to bitter on the end other then a bit of pine resin and a portion of citrusy peelyness.
Nice creamy body thats just shy of medium with a nice maltyness to it, yet has a hoppy fluffyness and tone thoughout that lasted well and demanded more drinking. And so it goes, this is very drinkable and refreshing. Could have more complexity in the hops, but overall a pretty solid IPA.
SSSteve (4007) - - DEC 17, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy pale orange. i wasnít too impressed with the aroma which i thought was a little drab. flavor was much better with a nice hop addition and enough malts to balance it out.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
opaque dark yellow, wispy white head,
sweet orange and citrus aroma,
sweet crystal malt flavor, lots of creamy citrus character,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 12/20
Shag (2723) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A cloudy yellow/orange appearance. The aroma consists of hay, lemons, and oranges. The flavor is somewhat bitter with a very lemoney flavor. Not very complex for an IPA but it will work in a pinch I guess.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11-12-07 bottle. Bright cloudy orange color full of sediment. Sweet orange hoppy smell. High bitterness - soapy and a bit dry, but good. Leaves a soapy coating on the tongue - not the best - but decent overall.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin, mostly diminishing white head. Cloudy yellow body with white particulate integration on a grand scale. The nose has plenty of fresh grains but is sorely lacking on fresh hoppiness. Mild diacetyl noted. Clove and marshmallow creme intrigue. Caramel is mild and lacking. The flavor is loaded with diacetyl, a buttery coating atop the mild to medium bitterness. Sweetness is of the same level, too much for the tame body. The finish is moderately bitter and unpleasantly astringent.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent hazy bronze with a spotty white head. Aroma of pale grainy malts and a touch of grassy hops. Starts lightly sweet and doughy with a touch of earthy bitterness and resiny piny hops. Finishes crisp and citrusy with some earthy notes. A decent IPA.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2009 So this is a new and second rating for this beer that I tried one year ago when it was well you can see below. It was so much better now. Great aroma and taste. The new rating is the score above and not an average of the two. Tap @ Barcade. Poured a hazed gold color with an off-white head. Huge fresh hops. Like sniffing hop cones. Notes of citrus and pine. Citrus and citrus pith flavor. Sweet but it dries out quickly. Very long dry bitter finish. Medium bodied.
Rating from 12/14/2007 Poured a pretty hazy gold. Aroma of butterscotch with a mild citrus underneath. Some caramel malt but covered by the diacetyl. Diacetyl and citrus in the flavor. Bitter dry finish. Light to medium body. Wow so disappointed after seeing the ratings. The bottle must have been a bad one. maybe one day Iíll get a chance to try it again. 5/3/5/3/10/2.6 Crappy beer.
waolsen (1372) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. hazy golden/copper iwth foamy off white head. light clearn citrus hop, grassy aroma. bitter light bodied. earthy hops, caramel. peppery finish.