blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
wow what a head! Donít mistakenly pour it into you pilsner directly, be sure to tip it. Youíll have a head that wonít stop. Very murky muddly color. very nice tase with just a bite in the aftertaste.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber/red body that is just slightly murky with about a half an inch of head that dissipates slowly and leaves a fair bit of lacing. Smells hoppy bittern and citrusy. Tastes hoppy, but almost just as malty. Some bitterness, some citrus in the hops. Malt almost has a roasty or caramel quality to it, though I canít quite put my finger on what it is. Medium in body. Flavor is just a little watery, though not as much as it is in some Sea Dog offerings. Probably the best Sea Dog beer Iíve had thus far. Most interesting, flavorful one to be sure. Not what I usually expect from an IPA (tastes a bit more like an APA to me), but exceeded my expectations.
frankenkitty (2004) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a bright copper with faint carbonation and a pillowy, ecru head that holds. Dusty lemon and butterscotch aroma with mild acridity... but this is more of an "English-style" IPA, as the hop character is certainly not what an American would expect by the name. Flavor finds more lemon covering a base of wheaty malts with hints of caramel and watered-down grapefruit. Has a bit of thickness in the mouth letting the flavors linger with a slight cloy and a dash of pepper.
<font size=-4>Single 12 oz. bottle from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/><a href=http://www.traderjoes.com/index.html>Tr Joeís, Orland Park, IL 60462</font>
DrnkMcDermott (2988) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2007 12 oz. bottle from Trader Joeís. Back to the grind after the excitement of a beery Michigan trip and rating #1,000. What we got here is an allegedly hoppy beer thatís missing its hops. Nothing in the smell (and itís "Best by April í07"). Even so, itís got a nice bit of malt smell. Dark color for an IPA, a clingy thin foam. Again, not much of an IPA taste, but pretty decent as an amber, if they would just relabel it.
Rated as "Kennebunkport IPA," Oct. 9, í07. Same beer, two brands, both at Trader Joeís. This one actually has something of a hop smack to it, but it just doesnít match well with the rest of the beer.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
120z bottle. Filtered and amber hued. Fruity nose. Hints of citrus and apricots. A tight mustiness. Medium and bitter hops. Medium caramel malts. Citrus hops. Bitter hops. Lively with a slight sticky malty note. Meh.
undsioux7 (871) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad but pretty forgettable. Rating from memory so I wonít even try to describe it.
MrChris (110) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Slight bitter IPA aroma. Coppery orange in color with slight tan head that disappears almost before the first swig. Yea, its IPA with a malt overtone and a crisp ending, but little else. Frothy mouth feel. Its not bad, but nor is it good. A basic IPA that I wouldnít get again.
SwillNoMore (105) - USA - NOV 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2007 Bottle, from mug. Best by Aug í07. Fluffy white head fades fast, leaves rather weak lacing. A very slight haziness to the golden-orange body. Aroma shows some nutty caramel beneath the grassy hops, with earthy and musty notes. Palate leans to medium, but doesnít quite make it. Texture is not as oily as Iíd like, but itís there. Average carbonation. Flavor is mostly hops, but is rather less exciting than I remembered. The nutty caramel of the nose returns in the finish. Like many IPAs, I found this hoppier from the bottle. Iím not sure why this is, but Iíd guess itís because I swallow gulps from a bottle in two stages: while the first half goes down, the aromas from the second half travel to the sinuses, where they evaporate with the alcohol. Whatever the case, a good IPA straight from the bottle is how I define beer heaven.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tame aroma has some light grassy hops and honeyish malt sweetness that is just slightly musty. Amber-copper coloured body is topped by a shy white head that recedes rapidly to the slightest ring. Sweetness in the flavour with some caramel and butterscotch, some grassy, citrus, floral hops and medium bitterness. Medium light body with fair to moderate carbonation. Sampled at Mondial 2006.
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sea Dog appears to do one thing very well: fruit-flavored wheat ales. Beyond those, their offerings have been uninspiring. The IPA pours a medium amber color with a small, fizzy off-white head. No lacing survives the mostly diminishing head. Aroma is of sweet hops, but they are not nearly prevalant enough for this style of beer. Initial taste is acidic, with a light bitter finish. Again, there is not enough hop character in this beer to hold it up against the big hitters in this category.