KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. First reviewed 12/14/2011. Poured from a 1L growler into a tulip. Thanks to Dunt for bringing this over.
The beer itself is hazy brown color, slightly opaque in the center and transparent in the edges. A medium tan cap rests on top, fading rather quickly to a ring around the edges.
Grassy hops hit my nose first. Earthy hops and Christmas spices follow, and I finally get a bit of caramel sweetness at the end.
The flavor here is solid; I think they do a nice job of incorporating Christmas spices into an IPA format, which is not an easy thing to do. There is a caramel sweetness that blends in with a bready, toasted malt character up front. Some cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove give the flavor an interesting pop. A little bit of earthy spice in the hop profile, but it mostly has a drawn out grassiness. The finish has a bit of spice and a moderate bitterness.
The carbonation is just a little bit on the light side, probably from the growler. The body is a little bit fuller than medium. The grassy bitterness leaves a light residue on my tongue after each sip.
I am glad they decided to start making this beer again. A festive IPA that manages to have seasonal spice and still follow the style gets points for effort and uniqueness.
DiarmaidBHK (3386) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at brewpub. Probably the least likely looking IPA I’ve yet seen. Pours dark brown with half an inch of khaki foam. Floral and grapefruit notes abound on the nose. I wonder if it was dry-hopped because the aroma is still fairly prominent even deep into glass. Not getting a ton of caramel on the tongue just lots of hop flavor. It lingers a bit right through the finish without being a bitter hop bomb. The use of hops here is always subtle yet compelling. This one weighs at over 7% but never feels boozy. Once sgsin Selins Grove Brewing has another winner.
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by Dunt. Nose is full of wet hops with christmas spice blended in. Dank and spicey, with a hint of vegetable aroma due to the combo. Unique and delicious. Surprisingly dark for an IPA, with wispy white foam. Flavor follows the nose - juicy dank hops with light christmas spices. I wouldn’t have expected the combination to work as well as it does. Intriguing and delicious beer.
orangesol (684) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on cask, and on-tap, at the Brewpub.
A - Pours amber brown with a creamy one and a half finger tall off white head leaving small streaks of lace down the entire glass. A pretty nice pour but nothing mind blowing.
S - Smells of pungent grassy hops, pine, fresh slices citric fruit, and the lightly toasted caramel malt backbone. This nose is slightly better than the tap version but it still lacks that little something that makes it great, still a very good nose none the less.
T - Starts off with a big dose of grassy hop bitterness slowly giving way to a mix of citric fruit, caramel sweetness, some doughy malt, and some light spice help round things out. Finish is a touch dry with some lingering hop bitterness. All things considered this cask version is way better than the tap version, with the smooth feel helping to round out the rough edges.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy feel allows you to really drink a ton of this one. I think the cask serving style may be the perfect one for this beer, on-tap it was probably a 4 but on cask an easy 5.
O - One of the better beers I have had from Selin’s Grove. Compared to the regular IPA I would say I still prefer that one but this version, when served on cask, may be a tiny bit better. If you have the opportunity to try this one I suggest you do.
adrian910ss (2347) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at the brewpub. Pours a coppery amber with a medium beige head. Pine hoppy aroma with grassy and citrus tones. Taste of piney and grassy hops with a citrus feel to it.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at brewpub. Poured deep copper in color with a frothy off white head and great lacing. Aroma of piney and floral hops. Taste is of caramel, citrus and floral hops. Very nice sweet and sticky hop taste. I think I still liked the SNAFU better, but this one was a very close 2nd.
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 Dark copper brown. Sweet cherry and chewy caramel hop nose, with sweet citrus and bread crusts. Sweet tasting, sugary, with juicy maraschino cherry hops, and some rich, toasty bread malts. Fresh, sugary, frothy. Excellent stuff... a hefty winter warmer hopped up to IPA levels.
Nejhleader (1228) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
has a nice piney/hop aroma, good body, strong piney/hop flavour, a strong and pronounced IPA.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Selin’s Grove. Pours a dark, slightly hazy amber color; off-white head with gorgeous, fine-bubbled lacing that coats the glass. Plenty of biscuity, earthy English hops in the aroma; hop oils and resins coming through; fresh. Lively carbonation. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: tons of chewy citrus and earthy English hops; resinous and dank, well-balanced with some biscuity and earthy maltiness underneath; very generous, smooth hop profile, and one of the better employments of English hops I can think of trying recently. Lengthy, bitter English hops and biscuity malts in the finish; never astringent; no sharp edges.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
most full aroma of hops I’ve ever smelled. Just full of piney and resiny hops. dark copper in color. flavor was really hoppy and delicious with lots of pine, citrus, and resiney notes, but was not overwhelmingly hoppy, good balance while maintining big hop character. sticky full bodied mouth feel. All in all an awesome IPA, but I could detect a slight appely off flavor, but that mixed with the hops too, so its actually pleasant, but still kind of an off flavor in the beer.