badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold color with a thick head. Very citrusy aroma. Switches to pine in the flavor. Pretty strong on the bitter acid for a íplainí IPA. Almost herbal and grassy. Really nice.
JK (4376) - St. Louis Park, 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.
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a hazy, orange-copper body with a thin, wispy off-white head.
Smell: Aroma of caramel malt and fresh citrus fruits with lesser notes of grass and buttery diacetyl.
Taste: Caramel maltiness with a medium amount of sweetness. Light buttery hints. Hunks of juicy grapefruit. Medium bitterness and acidity - finishes same.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slick mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Diacetyl or no, itís still an okay 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.
nuplastikk (4299) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Cloudy golden orange-yellow color. Crisp hoppy aroma with some caramel sweetness. Earthy and bitter, with some soapy tones. Quite light and easy drinking in some ways, reminiscent of a British IPA or Bitter. The wheat addition manages to keep it real smooth and clean. Has a slightly odd finish, which makes me question how old the bottle is. Some lemon and butterscotch nuances make it a tad different than your typical IPA. Sort of like an aggressively bitter, thin bodied APA, with a cool, crisp bite. Grows on you, OK IPA.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy golden yellow-orange with a slowly fading white head full of floating hops. Aroma of heavy floral hops, bread, dough and citrus. Taste of heavy hops as well, floral and citrus, mildly vegetal. Pine and some sweet malt to balance it out that lead way to a semi bitter finish. I was pleasantly surprised by this one.
wlajwl (3767) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is pine, spices/vegetables and a hint of citrus. The flavor is citrus, light grapefruit, fruit, spices, malts, mild EIPA qualities and a slightly bitter/tangy finish.
FlacoAlto (3759) - 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.
SSSteve (3739) - - 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.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured a hazy golden-yellow color. The head was white with good retention and lacing. Smelled of buttery caramel and flowery hops. The flavor was similar with the addition of citrusy hops. There was mild to moderate hop bitterness that peaked at 4 out of 10. Solid brew.