BBB63 (6395) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled: Clean golden hue with an initial frothy head which faded to a ring but leaves a small amount of lace. The aroma has notes grapefruit and apple, pine and floral hops, bready and pale malting, and a hint of spearmint and clove. The taste is mildly bitter and citric with a good balance of malt background. Quite herbal and moderately spicy upon the finish. The feel is sharp and metallic. A very good IPA, bigger than most but still not IIPA level. Yummy and from Houston, who knew? Thanks Kevin for the bottle.
ClarkVV (4065) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Late 2004 or 2005 bottle from Walt! Grapefruit-orange colored body, quite bright and with a slight chill haze. Yellowish-white head is large and well-retained. Aroma of wet grass clippings on a hot day, dill and cumin, tangerines, and lightly sweet grapefruit in the background. Flavor is well-restrained on the hops bitterness, but quite dry and flavorful of grass, herbs, light citrus notes and some spiciness. Bits of caramel and toffee intersparsed with the hops. Not a huge malt backbone, but it has a relatively low bitterness and light, tingly mouthfeel, so it dosent need a ton of malt. Bubbly, medium body, lively, but not overdone with carbonation. My biggest and perhaps only complaint was the very quick and clean finish, with just some pale malt and light grassiness lingering on. But I like the session nature of this beer and am definitely going to seek out more beers from St. Arnold. 6.6 abv? Wow, didnt notice at all.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to my co-worker Subbu for hookin me up here. Clear sparkling orange, thin creamy white head. Nose was typical IPA with sweet grapefruit, spruce, toffee, caramel, and slight hints of earthiness. A very nice rich bitterness takes hold off the bat, but is quickly followed up by the light sweet caramel malt for balance. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, light bittersweet finish. A good session IPA...
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange with loitering head. Smallish on the hop-meter but well balanced fruit and bitter. Great session beer. The pinkish label is a demerit.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice aroma - fruit and citrus rinds. Taste follows the same profile - very first seconds of the sip have a sweet fruityness, quickly followed by grapefruit (with the peel, too) and ending with an oily pine resin. All of this hop on top of a soft sull malt body. Excellent - thanks Fly!
zathrus13 (1734) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber/gold color. Aromas are hops, grapefruit, and some malt. Flavor is grapefruit. pine, and malt.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy, bright amber w/ creamy pale tan foam. Very aromatic, floral, hoppy nose of grapefruit & pine w/ a hint of sweetness in the background. Medium, mildly sticky feel. Slightly sweet, fruity flavour of caramel, biscuit & grapefruit gives way to fairly bitter, dry, hoppy finish.
3fourths (8497) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark orange body with a lot of floating in the bottle. Nutty maple hop nose, with a similar flavor: peanuts, maple, caramel, burnt malts... too much peanut butter and metallic off flavors, not my kind of IPA at all. Finish is a little better with semi-sweet oranges and leafy hops.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poursa cloudy orange hue with a halo of a white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, and a little dough. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Flavors......the water of this brewery is definitely off...... dirty laudry with a an orange tainted tinge. A weird finish that starts semi-sweet then quickly dries out the tongue. mmmmmmm....
Aurelius (4603) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance dings for the lame label and the screw-off, but a good orange-brown PA coloring with a blotchy film head. The aroma says "ham-handed Cascades hops." Dry, a bit grassy, with good acid balance, and with hopping which is not nearly as clumsy as the aroma would suggest. Finishes a bit woody/nutty, with a medium-long hop aftertaste. Body goes watery, and I wanted a little more fizz.