Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper/gold with an off white head. Smells resiny with some spicy undertones. Taste is sticky sweet with a resiny bite on the finish.
Butters (3576) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled with joe while trying to clean up some bottles before the baltimore move. Same amber pour as the base beer. light citrus pour with orange peel bitter finish. I like the way it smells better than it tastes. But the east kent goldings is still the top runner so far.
DSG (4677) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a Deconstructed tasting at Porter & Sons. Clear amber with an off-white head. Citric hops aroma with floral and piney notes and some caramelly and slightly cookie-ish malt. Sweetish flavor with some caramel, light graininess and a mildly bitter and slightly citric finish. Medium-bodied.
ScoWRee (355) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a beautiful amber color with a thick tan foamy head. Aroma of hops as soon as the cap comes off. Taste is very hoppy. I’m not an IPA guy but, this is pretty good.
Leighton (8648) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in NYC, shared at Sander’s apartment, while playing Scrabble. Pours clear copper with a nice, white head. Good aroma, light pine, citrus and leaves. Nice flavor, medium sweet, some faint ripe citrus. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Mild sticky finish, bit of oily pine, short to medium duration lingering bitterness. Good beer.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of our friend Nathan. Thanks, dude! Pours a deep, clear orange color; significant, fine-bubbled light-tan head with nice retention and lacing (much more than the last few). Comparatively balanced aroma next to the preceding versions: restrained orange notes, a pine and herbal quality; a mineral crispness. Medium body; medium carbonation; plenty of mineral and piney bitterness, and a much relaxed candied core relative to most of the other versions; surprisingly balanced, with a muted hop flavor and tempered core sweetness. Oddly ok relative to the last four, and while not as charismatic as the Hallertau or East Kent, equally enjoyable. Medium-length, mineral finish: toasty crystalline core, with some lasting pine and floral bitterness.
jcr (2096) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber body with a fizzy, off-white head, mostly lasting. Aroma of orange, pine, caramel, sweet malts, flowers and citrus. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture turning velvety, lively carbonation. Good balance between the orange in the hops and the biscuit in the malts. Beer imparts some sweet caramel tests and well as some floral notes. Good hops. Good beer. My favorite of the deconstructed beers.
jmagnus87 (2031) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle from Pick’s poured into a shaker. Pours a dark orange with about a half finger of off-white head. Slight aroma of citrus and caramel. Taste is lightly bitter. Light bodied with a thin oily texture. Lively carbonation and not much of a finish. Overall, probably my least favorite of the series. Just no much going on here.
high_on_hops (468) - Burlingame, California, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
An off-white, foamy head with a standard IPA golden color. standard balanced hop taste that is slightly sweet. A very hoppy variety. The bitterness and floral/citrus stand out more in the taste.
Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2011
2.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
And now for the last of the mixpack... Fairly pungent aroma, dominated by the hops but with some caramel and orange. Definitely a mellower brew than the Simcoe. Had a bit more of an English quality to it, but still a distinctly American IPA. A little starchy in the mouthfeel. Strangely bitter finish - not sure quite how to describe it - not overpowering, but akin to a ’slow burn’. Decent enough. New Leaf Market.