BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Found this one at Lou’s Beverage Barn in Augusta, though I’ve started seeing it other places around town this week.
Pours a translucent amber-red with a good inch of off-white head. that slowly dissipates leaving a small about of lacing. Floral hops, fruity esters, and diacetyl are all present in equal amounts in the aroma along with a hint of nuttiness. Floral, slightly citrissy hops come on strong with this one initially, with some nutty, fruity, caramel malty, and slightly husky flavors show up in support of the hops. The hops linger on the finish. This beer has just the slightest hint of butter in the flavor, but it plays well with the other flavors in this beer. Medium to full in mouth-feel, with slightly less carbonation than might be expected, though it turns out to be the perfect amount. While hop forward, this beer is rather balanced overall in all its different flavors and is most definitely a solid example of the style.
This beer is much better than Shipyard’s other IPA (Fuggles IPA). As I’ve said with past years’ Brewer’s Choice offerings, this beer ranks head-and-shoulders above most of Shipyard’s other offerings in my humble but true opinion. I’m very impressed and will be sure to be picking up as much of this one as I can while it’s around!
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured amber with a good finger of white head that goes’ to a thick lace that lasts
Aromas of Ringwood yeast and floral hop’s
Nice full flavors of malts and nice hop finish. One of their better brews
Great mouthfeel nice and full nicely carbonated
Very drinkable Ale, their yeast actually complements this style. Might be sad to see this go out of season
BigMilly8 (383) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle : Pours a clear carbonated copper color, with a half finger of white frothy head, that has decent retention. Very nice smell, i get a fruity smell up front, with cashews, spices and hops following. Flavor is fruity at the forefront as well, with chewy malts, and a slight hop bitterness on the end, and there is a overall sweetness through out. The end gets a little more bitter as the beer warms. Medium body, with a nice feel in the mouth...creamy and chewy it seems, i really like the feel. Not to much of a noticable aftertaste. Really good beer.
anthlovesbeer (67) - north grafton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just th right amount of hops gives this ale a well-balanced malty and citrus flavor. Not strong like most IPA’s. Very smooth and very refreshing.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4292) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a red-orange color with a very large orange-tan head. The aroma was tangy, fruity and lightly sweet - nice. The flavor was tart, tangy, bitter and dry with a fruity hop presence, nutty malts and a hint of caramel. The finish was dryish, tart, bitter and hoppy. Quite nice.
Bov (8805) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of Per - pours a hazy dark orange colour with a firm and persistent pale beige foam; beautiful lace; relatively understated aroma of orange peels and grapefruit; clean and rounded palate, medium to full-bodied, respectable bitterness; quite dry and long fruity and hoppy finish - efficient, balanced and unexaggerated
VincentDamon (211) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cette blonde légèrement ambrée nous donne une belle mousse blanche qui n’est pas éphémère. Au bouquet, le houblon prédomine. Cette bière du Maine assez forte (5.8%) que j’avais goûtée dans cet état est maintenant disponible à la SAQ, au Québec. En bouche, l’amertume puissante se présente d’abord, puis la finale est sèche et amère ; il faut indéniablement aimer le style. Tentez une petite gorgée et laissez-la se ventiler sur votre langue : cela éveille les notes de fruits et du houblon. Très intéressant. Pour tout dire, cette bière n’a rien d’exceptionnel, mais elle vaut l’essai et elle n’est pas banale. Cheers!
screwball (1098) - Motala, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A good IPA, I think. Has a clear amber body. Off-white head. Aroma is from apples, hops, nuts, butter and malt. Flavor has a characteristic nutty profile. Little malty and some hops. Should have more hops. Little woody flavor. Dry aftertaste.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Bottle. Pours a crystal clear dark reddish copper. Lots of foam in this one, leaving a fluffy white head that takes up half the tulip. Lacing is sticky and thick. Aroma is floral hops, cashews, sweet malts. Definitely not your typical American IPA. Flavor is soft chewy malts. Real soft. Floral hops are here but not as strong as expected. Some spices present. Sweet mouthfeel. Bitter finish. Quite drinkable.
TheEpeeist (3049) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Clear amber with a pale tan head. Nose is spicy dough, caramel and dried pineapple slices. Medium light, a little watery; moderate carb. Taste is orange and melon with mellow drying and a pleasant pine needle finish. Not the boldest of IPAs but quite nice.