MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to BlackForestCO for the bottle!
Golden-amber with a nice, bubbly white head, long-lived. Nose is mainly pine but exhibits some grapefruit and a little grass. Extremely bitter flavor, but simultaneously clean and somewhat hollow. The mouth is way too soft given how abrasive the flavor is. While easily enjoyable, itís not very diverse, nor does it excel in its focus.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle, courtesy of Beerlando. Pours a hazy, golden color. Big, fluffy, light white head. Wonderful citrus aroma, with hints of grapefruit and a bit of lemon zest. Nice lacing throughout. Flavor is a perfect balance of sweet malts and hoppy resins. Long bitter finish. What a wonderful beer, one of the best.
Dedoulequeen07 (135) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with magic_dave. What can i say gorgeous. Massive fruity aroma - tropical fruits, peaches and peaches dominate with licks of citrus hops. Flavour is grassy and piney with a refreshing hoppy finish and great balance of bitterness. Great body and mouthfeel. V Tasty and definetly one i would like to taste again.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderfully carbonated harvest orange body. The pure white head started out with three inches of foam and hasn’t quite disappeared thirty minutes later. A nice hoppy aroma. The body was fantastically bitter with a nice drying finish.
TheAlum (6146) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2008 500 ml bottle from the brewpub and drank promptly. This was the beer not on tap that I had to drink outside of my sampler later. Poured a beautiful hazed golden amber with a wonderful offwhish head that sticks around and laces well. Aromas are bitter, wonderful with citrus and piney resinous notes. Yum. Taste is similar. This beer really does deliver everything fresh it has advertised, this coming from a midwesterner who has quite a few stellar IPAs around him. Medium bodied and full of character, sweetness is balanced, however the hops definitely steal the show, lots of grapefruit and pine, no dissappointment. Canít wait till the case of RR brews I shipped home arrives. Cheers, RateBeer!
dmac (4501) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle thrown in as one awesome ass extra from mashmaster, thanks Tom. First off let me start by saying "Wow" this beer deserves all the hype/praise it has been getting. Pours a slightly hazedr orangey flat body with an average size fluffy white head. Aroma is hopriffic with loads of hops, citrus and pine but also has a good amount of sweetness that is reminiscent of DFH 120 Minute IPA. Medium bodied with a good solid mouthfeel, average carbonation and a bitter finish, spot on. Flavors of citrus rind, grapefruit, biscuits and dry floral notes. I am really torn on this beer. On one hand I wished I opened it with some other local RBerians so they could expierence this great IPA but then if I did that there would have been less for me. I think I made the right choice on drinking this one alone.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to BrianK for bringing this back from CA. A hazy orange yellow body with a big grapefruit piney nose and flavor. A solid ipa with a crisp hop finish. Good beer.
oakbluff (427) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from bottle- pours a cloudy light orange, minimal soapy head. Nose- sweet candied fruit, light piney perfume. Taste- soapy juicy grapefruit rinds, light biscuity malts. Medium bodied hop delivery vehicle. Oily hops leave a dry finish with some orange aftertaste. Very good IPA
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Monks. Deep golden in color with a nice fluffy white head. Grassy, earthy piney hop aroma. Orange and grapefruit notes. Hoppy and malty flavor. Citrusy piney and peppery notes. Nice bitter finish. Full bodied. Well balanced. Refreshing.
scoth (576) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours clear light golden with a thin white head, good lacing. Bountiful hop odor, pine, hay, and a little musky, I just want to keep smelling it. Body is a little thicker than I was expecting, very nice, not at all syrupy. Little bit of caramel candy malt, strong pine flavor, bitter, long aftertaste.