unclemike (2213) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 9, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
oh lord what a mess Pours golden with a white head that doesnít last. Very clear. Aroma is dominated by malt, but there are some earthy/flowery notes in there as well. Smells more like a bock than an IPA. Malty sweet flavor. Thereís a little bitterness there, but not quite enough to balance out the malt. Finishes sweet. Overall, so so beer at best.. It doesnít really balance out...too much malty sweetness for the bitterness in there
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
16 ounce pint - $4.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.
Appearance: Hazy, amber-hued body with a small but lasting white head. Light lacing on the descent.
Smell: Hmm. Well, it doesnít smell like much of anything, and what is there (soggy bread, stale coriander, hohum citrus) doesnít smell all that good.
Taste: Cue a suspiciously watered down breadiness at the opening with a slight tang of wheat and an impossibly faint caramel hint presenting a very light sweetness. Lackluster citrus and a small pinch of coriander does nothing to bolster the flavor. Bitterness remains quite light throughout. Drying, bready finish with a bit of that vague coriander enduring.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Itís just not good, so, if nothing else, at least the Shock Tops are consistent in their continued failures. Itís not particular wheat-y, even putting IPA on the label is a sham, and itís far enough removed from the standard Shock Top that Iím not really sure who this beer is for (other than suckers like me).
Ron (2443) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very slightly hazy golden pour with ring of white head. Fairly balanced actually. More wheaty on the nose with a decent dose of citrusy cascade hops. Flavor is a little more citrus sweet hops. Decent bitterness on the finish. This would be much better on a hot day in the summer.
obguthr (3636) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bubble gum nose. Cloudy amber, medium yellow head, good lace. Wheat bread with bubble gum and citrus at midpalate and returning to wheat in the finish. It strikes me as an ABIB attempt at Three Floyds Gumball Head. Itís enjoyable, but not nearly as good. Nice transitions and one of ABIBís better offerings.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle poured into glass. This is actually a pretty solid beer. The hops are mixed with the wheat pretty well. Very easy to drink.
j100pinoy (8) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2012 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very heavy citrus.Clouded orange tint. Taste is more like the original ale. Small hops. Disappointing as an IPA but nice to see them try.
tnkw01 (1021) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Surprisingly good. Pale slightly cloudy. Decent head. Hoppy, citrus taste. Hoppy, citrus aroma.
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2012 A crazy kinda orange and raspberry color. Aroma contains lemons, raspberry, orange. Flavor is sweet with loads of chick beer and malterative flavor. Kool aid almost. Overall not an IPA but a decent wine cooler.
jmagnus87 (2376) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a hazy golden orange with minimal head. Aroma of wheat and a little citrus hops. Taste is light bitter and lightly sweet. It tastes like they took a decent beer then cut it with water...lots of water. Light bodied with a thin texture. Fizzy carbonation and not much of a finish. Overall, not very good. Not something I would recommend to anyone.
PorterPounder (5346) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Publix Supermarket - Thomasville Rd - 12 oz bottle. Murky dark orange pour, snow white head, light lacing. No real discernible aroma - I tried hard to find one. Flavor is a bit muddled, faint fruitiness with the closest approximation I can come up with is artificial apricot. Hint of spiciness, some honey sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth, but turns acidic near the end. Not sure where this one is headed.