ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can into a pint glass.
A: Pours a golden amber color with good clarity. The head poured is ragged and downright ugly - it has a soapy-looking texture and fades away pathetically. Sheís not a looker, thatís for damn sure.
S: Now this is better. The hops win out here, providing notes of grapefruit, pine, lemongrass, and even some tropical fruit touches. Maltiness doesnít really come through, but I donít care about that.
T: A combination of lemongrass and pine needles open things up, changing to a slightly tropical tone in the middle. There isnít much of a finish due to the dryness. All the carbonation creates an illusion of bitterness on the palate, but when given the chance to calm down, it reveals a nice flavor-to-bitterness ratio, with even a negligible hint of flavor layering.
M: Dry, dry, dry. It manages to avoid a watery pratfall, though, because of the lingering resin qualities. On the other hand, itís ridiculously fizzy - which makes the brew seem more bitter than it is, among other things.
O: It doesnít make me hard the way Lagunitas DayTime did, but thatís because Centennial is pretty low down on my list of preferred hops. Still a successful low-alcohol hop vessel, though.
jgb9348 (4891) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crisp and clear golden coloured body with a light hazy bronze glow and a very thin, half centimetre tall just off-white head. Aroma of light hops with cascade notes, hints of perfume and a touch of light grapefruit. Light-bodied; Sharp hoppy flavour of the cascade, citrus, piney and floral hop flavours with a touch of yeast and the slightest hint of alcohol noticeable. Aftertaste shows a proper balance of hops and malt for the light IPA style with an emphasis on the citrus and perfumey qualities and they show well. Overall, a very nice beer for the style with a very easy-to-drink mouthful, yet still full of hops and not cloying at all make this very nice and worth searching out for. I sampled this twelve ounce can purchased from Whole Foods in Washington (Foggy Bottom), D.C. on 14-August-2014 for US$1,99 sampled at home here in Washington on 22-November-2014.
Vir4030 (533) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours a clear golden color with a good head. Sweet aroma with a touch of odd alcohol. Flavor is a bit bitter and dank. Not ideal. Rated on the toilet.
Radek Kliber (6541) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 10, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Where and how: can 355 ml
Aroma nice, good easy going hop profile. Softer. Mild peppery hints at end.
Top: medium-lighter top, lasting.
Base: bright golden.
Palate : lighter bodied but not thin.
Taste: Lemongrass with bitter walls. Simple and approachable.
Other notes nice as session party ale but not much more than that.
csaso (1494) - Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap - good size foamy head, slightly hazy medium copper color, balanced citrus and earthy hop aroma and flavor, solid malt backbone, very good overall
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gschrade (778) - Collinsville, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours amber with a white head. Taste citrus, pine, sweet. I thought this was good. I would drink this again.
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Darkmagus82 (1855) - - SEP 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-9-13-
Poured from can into a pint glass
Appearance Ė The beer pours a nice amber color with a two finger pure white head. The head has a decent level of retention, with big bubbles popping in the head to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is of grapefruit and grassy hop, much stronger then would have been expected for a 4.5 % abv brew. Mixed with the hop is a very light fruit aroma of a citrus and tropical fruits as well as a little bit of a of caramel smell.
Taste Ė While the smell is much bigger then would have been expected, the taste is rather spot on for a 4.5 % brew (well maybe slightly more flavorful). The taste begins with a rather decent amount of a grapefruit hop flavor which is quite nice. The only problem is that the light malt flavor and bit of citrus sweet flavors that begin the taste are quite thin and cannot support the hop. Toward the middle the grapefruit begins to fade in intensity along with the malty flavors fading as well. This creates a rather watery taste in the middle of the flavor profile. This is temporary however, as toward the end more grapefruit hop as well as some grassy hop flavors come to the tongue. Along with these hop flavors so too comes a bit of a bready flavor which when all combined leave a crisp, moderately hoppy and thinner body malt flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel -The body of the brew is on the watery and thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The carbonation, if higher, may have been better for the thinner malt flavors of the brew while a slightly thicker body may have supported the hop better (although I must say that that is a hard thing to achieve with only a 4.5 % abv brew).
Overall Ė If looking for a session brew that has little alcohol and has a decent hop taste, then this is a good go to. While not as good as Stone Levitation as a hopped session, it is noteworthy. In a session style situation a 6 pack will give a decent hop fix without a whole lot of alcohol.
Luvystypotables (826) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A medium intensity aroma of floral hops with citrus and pine as well as traces of plum and orange. Good looking beer with a small white head on a light;y carbonated, clear golden body. Taste disappoints after such a great aroma. It is a mild floral and pine taste with a thin watery body and not much aftertaste.
deyholla (7154) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the STL airport. Pours hazy amberish gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges and laces. Aroma has lots of earthy grass hops with a touch of resin and an earthy grain backbone. Flavor is similar with a bit sweeter, but still earthy, citrus, a bit of grass and grain underlying.
TXBadger (1621) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a slightly hazy golden with white head. Spruce, bread, and light fruit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more bread malt notes.
brokensail (11821) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Schlafly Tap Room, Lambert Airport edition. Just listed as IPA, but apparently thatís this. Clear golden pour with a white head. Nose has a bit of a cracker note to it and is a touch on the soapy side. Lots of floral hops, though, and a nice citrus character. Perhaps a touch too bitter on the palate. Soap, lots of citrus rind, and pine. Somewhat grassy, too. Only a mild malt sweetness, more along the lines of dry, crackery malt.