TURDFERGUSON (3928) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. This one has the worst head retention of the three Iíve tried so far and you can hardly smell anything either. some light butter and lemon is all I can muster. Taste is additionally crappy-- watery, grains, dirty salt water.
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours golden amber with an off white head. Aroma is floral, lemon, and a little sweet malt. Flavor is fruity, lemony-floral hops, sweet malt, lightly earthy.
bconger (138) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Copper pour with a medium off white head. Aromas of sweet malt and grassy hops. Astringent citrus hop flavor hits me first, followed by a balanced maltiness and a pepper bitterness. The mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy.
keepersj12 (2627) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad but nothing special either. A pretty pedestrian offering, not as good as a couple of the others. A very malty aroma with just a touch of the bitter hops. the flavor is malty as well with a bit more of the hops in the finish. Dry and refreshing.
HonkeyBra (3234) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle from the Sam Adamís Latitude 48 Deconstructed mix pack. Clear reddish-orange pour with a subdued white head that neatly settles into a ring around the glass and a few bubbles. Aroma is fixated on leaves, mild pine and forest, grass, fresh earth. Flavor has mild bitterness. There are definite notes of pine, grass and leaves. Earth and a bit of citrus are present as well. Mild toffee and caramel hop presence, but this is dryer the the other two single-hop IPA Iíd previously had in this mix pack. Surprisingly, I like this one, even though coming into it I didnít think Iíd like it very much.
bhensonb (10689) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Arden BevMo in Sacramento, CA. Pours clear copper with a creamy off-white head. Aromas of herb, grass and pine. Med body. Flavor of grass and pine over mild caramel. Nicely, but lightly bitter. A joy to drink.
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (with a best before date of September 2011). Pours with a completely clear, rich orange-copper body with a medium sized bone colored head with some lace and decent retention. Aromas of spicy, lemon, noble hops. Slightly herbal, windex. Subtle hop. Malt aromas are bready, sweet, grainy, light caramel. Light fruity notes that could be hops or esters (not entirely sure). Hay bales. Flavors are bitter, spicy, herbal, fruity, lemon verbena. Hoppy with a nice bready, sweet malt profile (although it tastes a bit thin at times). Some esters (pear, ripe apple). Soft, straw like. Slightly noticeable bicarbonate water profile. Bitterness from the hops is smooth. Light pine hints in the finish. Medium bitter balance. Medium duration of flavors. Carbonation ranges from slightly lively to medium. Smooth (body and bitterness), no astringencies. Medium bodied. I actually do like Hallertau quite a bit when brewing at home (dry hop my German Blonde/Kolsch with it), but it is odd seeing it in an IPA. That said, I am kind of surprised I like it as much as I do, as I remember strongly disliking the regular 48. This is also not what Iíd normally like in an IPA . . . at all, but it somehow works. Guess Iíll have to revisit the original.
dmac (3872) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle via mixed 12-pack from EZ. For appearance and palate see Zeus rating. Aroma of bad crystal light artificial iced tea, fruity, lemon, and a diet Wawa LemonadeIcedTea. Flavor is actually a step down from the aroma with tons of fruitiness along with that iced tea/lemonade thing going on. Blah.
blipp (5826) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours amber orange with an off white head. Piney and lemony hoppy aroma, with floral notes and light bready notes. Awesome grassy/piney hops, with light citric and floral notes. Good stuff.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange with white head. The aroma is earthy hops with a bit of malt. The body is similarly earthy with some cereal malts and a nice bitter finish