monkeychugg55 (1007) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear orange-copper with a nice frothy white head that leaves sticky lacing and lasts a long while. The aroma is very juicy citrus, with herbal and Amarillo notes. The flavor is great, with sweet malt and hops citrus upfront, and a herbal, caramel end with lingering bitterness. The malt works very well with the hops. Medium bodied with very soft carbonation. What a lovely IPA.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[A] This has a very aromatic, beautiful hop aroma. Reminded me slightly of a 3F, initially. Tropical fruits over citrus. A sweet malty smell. Great. [A] Pale, yellowy orange. [F] Flavor is nice. Caramel and pale malt. Hops still win, here. Little out of balance, but in a good way. Sweet citrus mid, and a rind finish. Citrus over pine HERE, and mingle in the linger. Oranges. [P] As a hophead, this is drinkable. Body is appropriate. Smooth. Rightly carbonated. The bitter is great for a regular IPA. [O] This was satisfying. I’m glad Short’s came to the Chi. 2 for 2 this evening on a mixed 4 pack. I’m sure the brown, and Magician will not disappoint.
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours an opaque copper color with a solid head which leaves good lacing down the glass. The aroma is mostly citrus hops with a touch of bready malt. The palate is thin with average carbonation and a lasting finish. The taste is mostly bitter hops, grapefruit, and a touch of sweetness in the malt. From the deScription I had expected more of a malt backbone, but the hops are pretty heavy-handed. Great if you’re a hophead.
strongpieman (1643) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good overall IPA. Hops aroma, and bitter, but made not as sharp as some. Because if this, will appeal to more people, and suited to drinking more and at more occasions.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large frothy webbed head. A lot of hops, medium bitterness. Pretty tasty, a nice IPA.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a completely hazed peach color with a big frothy off white head, nice lacing. Wet citrus on the nose as well as some floral notes. Very tasty IPA for being almost 18 months old.
LilBeerDoctor (3636) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2010 Bottle thanks to alexsdad06. Pours a clear orange with a small thick white head. Aroma of citrus, caramel malt, and tropical fruits. Flavor of bitter grapefruit, caramel malt, bitter hop resins. Decent IPA on the bitter side; it was nothing special.
Update 6/29/10: On tap at Shorts. Pours a clear amber-orange with a white head. Aroma of citrus hops, hop oils, and sweet caramel malt. Flavor of bitter hops, citrus, acetone?, and caramel malt. Again, just decent for me although just a touch better on tap.
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle brought back to me from Michigan from a friend. Thanks Eric! Pours a hazy medium amber color with a thin head. Fair head retention and lacing. Nice fresh hop aroma with resin, citrus and herbal notes along with a nice malty backbone. The taste is very bitter earthy, herbal hops with a bit of a citrus caramel finish. Medium bodied. Quite good.
nimbleprop (6865) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle scored via trade with HopBurp. Pours a hazy, translucent, orange amber with a frothy, rocky, slightly off white head. Aroma of sticky hops, grapefruit, pine, lemons, flowers. Flavor is very bitter, grapefruit, pine, lemon rind, a little bit of crackery malts, a little bit of light, cookie dough sweetness. Finish is very bitter, like a orange rind. For the amount of hops in this, they should have just increased the malt bill and made a double IPA. It’s a little TOO bitter for just a regular IPA. Almost too astringent and over bearing.
DocLock (9242) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from an anonymous benefactor via a trade. Pours copper with 2-finger uniform off-white head. Nose is great, caramel malt, some orange marmalade, resiny hops, perfumy spices. Tastes rich, very resiny hoppy, very citric, with a solid malt bill and some finishing astringency. My cherry popper from Short’s, and a very impressive one indeed.