CharmCityCrab (220) - Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bountiful hops with a grapefruit forward character. A little bit smooth/watery. I’d say they basically hit the mark that the advance material implied they were going for- something that combined the flavorful qualities of an IPA with the easy drinking refreshing qualities of a lager. I didn’t feel like this was simply a hops-forward but otherwise standard lager like a Noble Pilsner. This legitimately went beyond that. Yet, it’d clearly be a bit too smooth or watery for an IPA. More hop heavy than a lot of sort of "BS IPAs" like the Shock Top thing that just throws in the "I" for its promotional value. Not actually an IPA, but if you want an actual IPA, why are you drinking an IPL? Actually would be near perfect for after walking the dog on a hot humid summer day. In the winter? I’d prefer an actual IPA, but, again, I can’t blame this for not being something it doesn’t claim to be. Interesting experiment on the part of the Boston Beer Company. I wonder if the IPL will be an accepted new style by the beer community or this will just be considered a particularly hop-heavy malt-light Vienna lager or Pilsner.
Daytonbeer (710) - Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours gold with white head and no lacing. Aroma of pine and citrus. Taste is big for a lager. More pine and straw with bitter after taste. Surprisingly good.
EithCubes (5304) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle by June 2013. Nose is piney with lots of grapefruit and citrus rind, as woody as xylem, fresh with a little danger (alcohol, yes, but more like a disorienting whiff of CO2 out of a homebrew vessel). Very dull transparent orange lighter than but similar to copper, with a rocky off-white head. Taste is moderately dry with some perceived fruity sweetness, medium but very smooth bitterness free of astringency, juicy full body with a bready-crackery exit. The lager character isn’t coming through very well, but the IPA side is really quite nice.
geologyguy (1088) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2013 very mild IPA style with great aroma. only slightly bitter with good flavor.... one of the better IPA?s
Schoedan (7) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013 does not count
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bought and enjoyed in a bottle. Very strong aroma of hops and some fruit mixed in. Has a very refreshing mouthfeel, very crisp. Taste is a bit too bitter for me, and I feel that the hops overwhelm the other more subtle flavors. Overall, a nice beer to try, but definitely not something I’d drink regularly.
BrewBoxer (2482) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. cloudy tan colr. nice head that lasts. smell is sweet, wheaty andyeasty. taste is the same with some grassy hops in there. sam did a really good job with this one. very unique. very good
johnnnniee (3150) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a crystal clear medium copper color with a huge bubbly and sticky bone white head that slowly recedes and sticks itself all over the glass on the way down. Smells of floral pine and resin in spades with hints of bread onion and garlic. Wow the aroma on this one shocked me! The flavor is light bready and caramel malt with a ton of hop flavor. Earth pine and resinous hop flavors tip the scale heavily to the hop side. Medium body with a medium to high level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. This is nice beer, I was quite surprised by this one.
PorterPounder (6518) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Publix Supermarket - 12 oz bottle - part of their ’Spring Thaw’ variety pak. Sparkling light copper pour, sticky white head that leaves nice rings of lacing. Aroma has some light spruce accents, some passion fruit sweetness. Full-bodied flavor with some spearmint accents, a touch of citrus bitterness, some brief spiciness and honey sweetness. Crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Well done!
EtTuCthulhu (1386) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This aroma is pure hops, but a distinct undercurrent of spruce comes through. When poured, this beer is orange in color, and there is a medium head that dissipates quickly. When sipped, the beer is of a medium bitterness and slightly salty, and the combination of this beer’s abrupt finish, average carbonation, medium body, and sticky texture do make this beer a mouthful.
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Kroger. Light pour with a big white head. Aroma is sappy and very fruity. Taste is light bread, bitter, and a nice sticky finish.