mcnealc31 (242) - Elida, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Magnificent Seven is so named because of the seven hops varieties used. Darker than most IPAs, itís a crisp, clear amber. Hops completely dominate the aroma, as they should. Very nice blend of flavor from the hops, too. Pine, grapefruit, some grassy notes. Roasted caramel comes through, too.
Great contest, great beer.
JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Red orange in appearance with a tremendous light tan head that is very creamy and very long-lasting. Pine and grapefruit nose was very evident upon first poor. Upon further sniffs I can get a hint of leather, sweet cookie malts, caramel, very light smoke and light prairie grasses. Bitter, resinous flavor with loads of toffee atop grapefruit, apricot and pine. There is a nice malt backbone beneath this IPA - it almost drinks like a young barley wine. Solid. Wish I knew what seven hops they used.
jgb9348 (4274) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown coloured body with a thin, one centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of alcohol, pine, light malt and some alcohol. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong assertive pine and hop flavours show with a bit of alcohol, some metallic notes and a hint of yeast. Aftertaste shows a good complexity of rather earthy malt and some pungent hop flavours, a little sweetness and a good alcohol flavour. Overall, a nice and complex beer that shows well. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from La Bodega in Anchorage, Alaska on 23-May-2013 for US$1.85 sampled in my hotel room here in Anchorage on 25-May-2013.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a beautiful chestnut red color. I love the clarity of the body, in particular. The head is great too, a two finger cream shade that retains itself very well, and leaves attractive lacing on the glass. Really a good looking brew.
S: I notice subtle touches of floral hops, piny notes, and *faint* grapefruit (and I do mean faint), backed - or should I say, overpowered by a sweet caramel malt base. While aromatically decent, I could really use more hops here.
T: Iíd reckon this is closer to an imperial amber than a DIPA. The flavor starts out with some mild caramel and toffee, before finishing with touches of earthy, piney, and floral qualities. I really like the balance here, I must say.
M: The body has good crispness and a well-balanced dry finish, which helps keep any excessive sweetness in check. Itís also decently well-built in terms of thickness, neither too heavy nor light.
O: I can really tell the brewer of this was inspired more by Nugget Nectar than Ruination; thereís a degree of elegance here missing in so many examples of the style. Having said that, it isnít as explosively bold as some of the best DIPAs are, nor does it compare with NN in overall quality. This oneís so close to being great, yet itís missing a bit of additional hoppiness to make that possible. Iím still mildly impressed either way.
unclemattie (3900) - Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Pours light brown, copper color, tall almond colored foam. Aroma of resiny hops, new tires, rich deep caramel, pine, citrus oils, unique earthiness, wood, and leather. Tastes of burnt sugar, wood, leather, lots of pine sap, skunk weed. Very skunky linger flavor on the back of the palate. A good about of hops, balanced. Hearty IPA. Very wooded and oily, with loads of earth tones, and bitterness. Very wooded. There is definitely a presence of ABV is this one.
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. This was a very nice balance of hops and malt, and actually pretty great to look at. Hoping to try the others in this pack before my buddy drinks them all.
dmac (3505) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Spirits Brick. Poured a good looking dark orange amber body with an average sized frothy light beige head. Aroma is soapy citrus rind, earthiness, touch of caramel, old cat litter, green veggies, dry old sugar. Medium bodied with average to softer carbonation, lingering flavors on the back of my tongue and a coating mouthfeel overall. Flavor of dry sugar, dry hop cones, citrus rinds, old grapefruit meat, flowers, earthiness. Solid beer that gets better as I sip it.
fidelis83 (1727) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear old copper pour with a 2 finger creamy, soapy beige head. Aroma of bitter citrus, pine, lots of deep caramel, lemony citrus oils and light woody notes. Flavor is oddly loaded with dark sugary notes up front, brown sugar, caramel, burnt sugar molasses, and some woody, sappy sweetness, some pine, earthy and citrus hops come in, but this is a pretty malt forward IIPA, though the woody notes could be at least partially hop based, it honestly reminds me of a lighter version of Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree, maybe with some time on it might be like Crooked Tree (they claim it is simply the recipe with doubled everything but water), but I donít remember that well enough. Medium body, a little syrupy, with a medium strength, sharp and blanketing carbonation, fairly astringent finish. Pretty tasty overall, probably closer to what I expect from a young, lighter Barleywine than IIPA, though.
Headbanger (2728) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle 5/16/13 Longshot Six Pack (Binnyís Naperville)-40į in Shaker-Pours a medium bronze with a small loose off white head. Aroma of hops and malt. Taste of malt and hops. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and goes down smooth.
Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy pine, citrus, light-moderate caramel, and light toffee. It pours a transparent copper with a two finger off-white head with great retention. A lot of sticky webbing is left behind on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate caramel, toffee, and light fruit. The finish has moderate citrus hops, lighter pine, and a touch of spice. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall, the malt up front is more pronounced than I prefer in my IIPAís. Itís a IIPA that blurs the lines between IIPA and Barley Wine.