ketchepillar (1171) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A can. Iíve had this beer a handful of times, and while Iíve never loved it, Iíve always found it enjoyable. It was a bit less so this time, but thatís likely because I was actually thinking about the beer. Itís a bit lacking overall in hop character, fortunately though, the malt character is simple, grainy, and pleasant. The aroma is piny, and the flavor as well. The flavor and finish in particular are far too grassy.
Errl (1733) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
First batch Release in cans-Pour into Shaker glass, Color is Yellow with medium white head, Nose is hops and light lemon, Taste is hoppy and a bit pale..Nice balance of hops on the palate with some bitter.
Ibrew2or3 (7101) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can pours somewhat clear copper with gold hues and supporting a nice looking tan head. The modest aroma has a mix of mostly spicy and floral hops with lesser notes of sweet malts and resiny grassiness. OK, Iím digging the mix of resiny hop bitterness and the modest levels of malt sweetness at the base of the flavor. I get a good load of hops with pine bitterness, some spicy hops and a hint of floral hops too. The more I drink of this the more Iím liking it.
smith4498 (3069) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz can from a trade with cbkschubert. Pours hazy dark orange color with off white head. Pine and caramel malt aromas. Sweet caramel flavor with some pine and moderate bitterness. On the malty side for an IPA. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Thanks Craig.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 15, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled at CanFest 2011 in Reno. I did not care for this one much. Pours a light orange with a strange aroma that I could not pint down. The taste was really grainy to me too.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can stamp of 106220311; Sampled November 2011,br>
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a light tan colored head that starts out a finger in height. The beer is darkish, amber hue that shows a really murky amber / copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of crystal malt and light hops (at least for a typical IPA); aromatic notes of sweet tea, toasted brown cracker like malt, caramelized bread crust and some spicy grain character round out the malt aromas, while the hop notes produce soft notes of grapefruit zest, some ripe orange zest and perhaps a touch of ripe tangelo zest.
The beer has a nicely bitter and herbal hop bite to it as it first hits my palate, the finish sees a strong crystal malt character come through as well as more bitterness, though the bitterness is not as much as it was up front. Flavors of pine seem to be the defining hop character in this beer, though there are subtler, supporting notes of grapefruit zest and perhaps even some lemon zest like notes. The beer is fairly light bodied, though it does have a chewy quality to it; ultimately it is perhaps a touch on the medium bodied side of the spectrum for an IPA. The crystal malt distracts with flavors of sweet tea, slightly nutty brown grain cracker notes and a lingering toasted maltiness in the finish. There is a definite herbal edge to the pine-like hop character here, but I wish there was also a vibrant citrus or hop fruit character to go along with it. As the beer warms up a touch more citrus character starts to become noticeable, though it isnít quite enough to scratch my particular itch.
Really not all that great of a beer; I was really hoping for a freshly vibrant, hoppy beer and this just isnít really delivering. This does have a significant hop character it is just more focused on the herbaceous pine notes and a firm bitterness rather than the expressive, fruity American hop overload that American IPAs typically achieve; it makes me wonder if this beer isnít as fresh as it should be, though I just picked it up from the store today. At the end of the day this is not a horrible beer, it is even somewhat enjoyable, but I wouldnít mind trying this some other time on the hops that this particular can might be a bit old.
Kinz (3365) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can at the Richmond 16th. Pale orange, medium head, slight citric aroma. Flavor matches. OK, but not great. Didnít get the odd notes that others did, probably because I had my sample some time after the can was opened, probably allowing some of the odd stuff to float away.
Drake (8993) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce can shared at the 16th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 11/5/11. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a thin frothy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of floral, herbal and citrus hops. The taste is extremely vegetal, almost squashy with some faint sugary malts. Weird. Medium bodied. Low carbonation.
tia (1012) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can. Golden with thin head. Smells on the malty side for an IPA. Taste follows but finishes hoppy. A little disjointed.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/12/11 happy camper ipa sample at azwine.
Coppery with a soft soapy white head.
A is oniony/b.o., spicy, orange, mild pine, gf(mild) plus caramel.
f is a bit sweet... spicy and a mix of the aroma.
Soft, creamy medium bodied. 7/4/7/3/15+