wlajwl (5429) - 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.
JPDIPSO (5373) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lightly hazed dark golden color. Moderate off-white head that settles rather quickly to a thin lid of small bubbles and a few isles of lace. Mild green grassy hops and earthy malt. I catch a touch of orange soap as well. Nice feel to this one. lightly oily and slick with just enough zip to keep it alive. LIght malt sweetness with some citric zest. Middle is full of citrus and light pine. A bit sharp and unforgiving in flavor. Perhaps a touch thin in the malt for my tastes. Linger is nice with a bit of malt and toffee.
dwyerpg (5284) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whereís the hops in the aroma. Is this English style?? This is very unhoppy for an IPA. A hint of dryness comes on late. Okay, but could be better.
heemer77 (5238) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light gold body with a bright white head. Strong grapefruit with some almonds. The taste is very bitter with lots of grapefruit and some toast. A finish of bitter almond shells. Fairly well done with plenty of bitterness in the finish. Decent.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at barcade. Better than the bottle I had out in MN a couple summers ago. Pours a mostly clear light cppery orange and a nice sticky head. Aroma is on the phenolic side- lightly grassy alogn with some piney and citrus cascade like hops- seems cold dry hopped from the phenols. A bit more grass and plasticy phenols int eh flavor with some tacky citrus and light pine needle- orange comes through the most on the citrus with some grapefruit but seems a bit solventy as it warmed. Ok bitterness and a sticky finish.
badgerben (4777) - 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.
ChainGangGuy (4706) - Woodstock, 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.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught pint shared with Argo0 at the Happy Gnome in St Paul, RBSG Minneapolis pub crawl, June 22 2007. Nice lacing lasts in the glass as the moderate creamy head drops slowly atop the bright golden body....nicely hoppy though restrained aroma, caramel, grassy and dry....somewhat pungent body, light cidery tartness and some odd funkiness, grassy hops dry out and dominate the finish....pretty solid overall.
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.
FlacoAlto (4127) - 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.