Butters (3665) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled with joe while trying to clean up some bottles before the baltimore move. Just a shade lighter on the pour. Piney and fairly bitter and distinctly ’noble’ hop character. I prefer the east kent over this.
DSG (4932) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a Deconstructed tasting at Porter & Sons. Clear amber. Aroma of grassy and herbal hops. Flavor starts with some sweetness, light graininess and light fruitiness and finishes bitter with noble, slightly spicy hops and light citric notes. Medium-bodied.
BlackWarrior (203) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours clear amber w/ 1" lt tan head, spotty lacing. Sweet malt and a bit o’ honey in the nose along with herbs and pine hops. Avg carb, med, rounded mouth. Malty sweetness underlying w/ some bitterness finishing. simple and unremarkable. Not my favorite hops - A good beer, but not my style hops.
Leighton (9641) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in NYC at Sander’s apartment, while playing Scrabble. Pours clear copper with a foamy head. Leafy and herbal hops, some caramel and toast in the aroma. Medium sweet flavor, some decent balancing bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Dry, leafy bitter finish, some light earth. Very easy drinking, nicely balanced beer.
kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of our friend Nathan. Thanks, dude! Pours a deep orange color; much better pour than the last two; modest, fine-bubbled off-white head with web-like lacing. Pithy grapefruit and lemony hops in the aroma, as well as a tea-like malt component that didn’t seem as apparent in the others; still, plenty of candied sweetness. Medium body; medium CO2; again, plenty of grapefruit and lemony hop character, along with that tea-like note (is the lemony note pushing in the direction of tea perception, or is this the alleged "pine" note, despite the fact that it’s more like pine bark? no clue); enjoying the hop character, and the core candied sweetness seems comparatively lessened from the original. Still, not a particularly good IPA. Medium-length, toasty finish; almost seems a touch oxidized and papery, more than toasty.
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber body with orange highlights. Fizzy, off-white head. Aroma of toasted grain, caramel, spice, lemon with a hint of earth, bread and candy. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter with a lasting bitterness. Medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Taste of spice, caramel and citrus. Touch of orange. The aroma was maltier than the ahtanum version.
patrick767 (3333) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at Brew Haven beer fest - Pours copper colored with a mild hop aroma. The flavor is moderately strong bitterness with earthy tones. This medium bodied brew works pretty well. The balance is good and bitterness lingers pleasantly.
jmagnus87 (2183) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Pick’s poured into a Shaker. Pours a burnt orange with a small bit of white head. Aroma of caramel and a slight citrus zip. Taste is medium-light bitter with a slight citrus aftertaste. Medium bodied with a slick and oily texture. Lively carbonation and a long bitter finish. Overall, not bad. Not my favorite of the series but still very drinkable.
high_on_hops (532) - Burlingame, California, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A foamy off-white head with a golden IPA color. The aroma and taste have the most standard hop taste of the 5 deconstructed lat. 48 IPAs. The bitterness stays for a while in the aftertaste with strong pine flavors.
Sammy (8032) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A slightly different IPA. A decent bitterness and drinkability. A median IPA.