Guerde (1207) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle from bhensonb, thanks!) Pours a clear deep red color with a towering tan head and plenty of lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, slightly catty hops, oatmeal raisin cookies, and a bit of green onion and celery. Everythingís fairly subdued, but itís a really weird combo. Flavor possesses some toasty caramel malt, faint tootsie roll, and some long lingering pine bitterness that really dries the mouth. The flavor is markedly better than the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium to full and carbonation is restrained. Overall this is a simple and straightforward beer, but that doesnít make it any less enjoyable.
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber pours copper with an off white head. Aromas of citrus pine grapefruit and a tough of bread and cereal. Flavor is bitter with a piney flavor. Body is medium and dry with an astringent feel. Finish leaves some bitterness behind
heemer77 (5154) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A rich red copper body with a light tan head. The nose was grapefruit and wood. There was also some rich caramel. The taste is bitter with bread crust and some wood. There is also a piney finish. A fairly thick and rich body. Nicely done.
Nephilium (1462) - Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
More of a biscuit malt aroma, with a hint of grassy hops in the end. Pours a clear red with a towering light tan head. This is pretty underwhelming, the hops are subdued with more earth characteristics then pine or grapefruit. There is a strong, chewy malt backbone to carry this beer forward. It falls more to the British IPA then the American IPA style. Not terrible, just not what I look for in an IPA.
r464 (1981) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown with a tan head. Balanced with a strong, hoppy finish. Malt is somewhat roasty, somewhat sweet with caramel taste. Very full body with hops prominent toward the end.
OldGrowth (2850) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint at Tylers Apex. Good.aroma, sweet. Initial malty sweetness gives way to a peppery citrusy scent. Clean reddish orange. Good initial head, faded quick, minor lace. Sweet bitter flavor. Medium body, oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Fine, not quite grabbing me, aroma got better as warmed. Aroma best part. Orange, Caramel mix.
backdaft (263) - Menasha Red Light District, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2012 Bomber. Pours a deep mahogany with a dense, well-retained beige head that that left plenty of lace. The aroma offers is of roasted malt, some nuttiness, and piney hops. The taste is fairly bitter with the hops in a suppporting role to the malty backbone. A little denser that I would have imagined, but a very nice ale overall.
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep copper color with a Tokyo tan head. There is a slightly piney and hoppy aroma. The body is dry and the flavor is mildly malty with hints of bread, hops and caramel.
mar (4995) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber with a thin cream colored head. Nose is fresh hops, tropical fruits, thick, sweet malts. Nice thickness, rich caramel and toffee malt, citrusy, bitter finish.
MrBunn (2528) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a deep ruby with a fairly decent sudsy head and aromas that are a bit bland for an IPA... A little bit of soap, very light citrus, toffee and caramel, but I probably have that backwards as the malt notes drive this beerís nose. Flavor is similarly disappointing... Iím thinking "Where are the hops?" as I sip this caramel heavy beer that I would classify as a nicely hopped amber or something. There is a decent bitterness and a kind of soapy and grapefruit presence, but since this is supposed to showcase Tasmanian hops, I was hoping it would really do so boldly. Itís good, but not what I was hoping for.