ChainGangGuy (4375) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Part of the Saranac 12 Beers of Winter variety pack - $13.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
"BB MAR 31 2013"
Appearance: Pours a deep, amber-tan body with a lofty, foaming, off-white head.
Smell: Pale malts rounded out by some toasty notes. Hops yield notes, albeit somewhat wimpy notes, of florals, resins, and citrus.
Taste: Pale malts, slight toast, even slighter brown sugar with a low sweetness. Floral, resinous, citrusy hop flavors follow, but they’re muted, just depositing some aspirin-like bitterness and fleeing the scene. Drying, lightly bitter finish with most of the flavors long gone by this point.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.
Overall: It’s like your old man banged on the door and told you to "turn that IPA DOWN!" Parents just don’t understand, man. You ain’t the boss of me, Saranac!
Ron (2528) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a decent white head and good amount of lacing. Aroma is of orange, citrusy hops and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is citusy, herbal hops and some caramel malt. A differnet twist on the IPA.
AndyReynolds (886) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - DEC 29, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not much to this one. For an "IPA" this really lacks in everything that truly makes an IPA an IPA, aroma-wise. It is bitter, but again not like an ipa should be.
blklab2007 (1964) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a red amber in color with a one finger off white head that retained a nice covering. Aroma has sweet malt, grains, light hops, and light caramel. Mouth feel is on the light side and the carbonation medium. Flavor has caramel malt, light bitterness, piney hops, grains, and a lingering finish.
blipp (6111) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours amber reddish with an off white head. Light flowery hops, with a lightly sweet malty base. Dull and lifeless for an IPA.
rangerred (925) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 24, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear dark brownish-red with a two finger off-white head. Really pretty impressive head retention and lacing that surprised me quite a bit.
The aroma is a nice mixture of piny hops and caramel/toasted malt. Hops are quite strong but not so much to overpower the malt. The one mark against it is a slight metallic note.
The flavor, unfortunately, doesn’t quite stack up to the appearance and aroma. Pine is very subdued with a distracting metal flavor coming through. Lots of caramel with a slight hint of dark bread and light toast. Bitterness is quite high making this beer a little unbalanced. A little tartness on the tip of the tongue and an acrid bitterness on the back of the throat don’t go together very well. Mouthfeel is quite sticky, more than I feel it should be.
Overall, this beer is really unbalanced and not too good. The bitterness is too high and doesn’t balance well at all. Nice try but doesn’t quite make the cut.
Ratman197 (9808) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, pine and citrus. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, pine and a hint of citrus with a crisp dry bitter lingering earthy finish.
nearbeer (3722) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. Clear copper with a small ring of bubbles. Nose is earthy orange, menthol, wood, toffee. Flavors of orange toffee, toasted nut, caramel apple, earthy resin, menthol and woody pith. Light-medium body is well balanced and dryish, with light, smooth carbonation. This would be really good without the menthol.
Drake (8550) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle, winter sampler, Harris Teeter Barracks Charlottesville. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a thin frothy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of caramel malts, citrus and herbal hops. The taste is bitter citrus hops and faint male malts. Medium bodied, not very well balanced.
PhatB420 (625) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz into a glass. Pours a caramel, ruby red. Aroma is sour, grapefriut, coned hops, amber waves. Taste is hoppy up front, soapy, sour, and intersting for this hybrid. Smooth going down and no real bite after makes this one thrive on a continous flow. No head retention, the ipa feeling comes and goes rather quick, more like a hoppy amber here, but nice bottle art and the hops are pleasurable. I like to try different beers.