DrSilverworm (6805) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, thanks to umich03jm. Bottled 9/29/14. Orange amber color. Thin off-white head. Leaves good, thicker lace. Toasty malt, pretty spicy earthy hop, pretty assertive and tingly on the back end. I suppose thatís what theyíre referring to as that "big bitter shock... resonates sharply". Indeed it does, itís a little bit uncomfortable. Huge citrusy dank resiny hop that I start to appreciate more 1/4 the way in, after my palate has a chance to acclimate. Heavily hopped is right. This thing must be 100+ IBU. Or is that just the stronger carbonation confusing my palate? Huge bitter taste, light sweet, and spicy taste. Liking this more and more as I go though. Itís definitely not a swigger. Full dark grain aromas, hints of chocolate. Medium plus body. Kind of soft crisp relatively stronger carbonation, and dry finish. Itís sort of a smooth texture, but rough with the extremely assertive flavor. Interesting, huge stuff. I came around to it, once I realized what I was dealing with. Very unique and unexpected.
phaleslu (6665) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle shared by DrSilverworm- thanks again, Chris! Pours a clear amber-gold with a small off-white head. Aroma of citrus, soap, florals, pale and sweet malts, and toasted sugar. Flavor is spot-on the same as the nose. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a bitter, dry mouthfeel. Good IPA.
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at The Beer Spot GTMW Eve Event at Brickhouse (Madison, WI). Pours a deeper amber orange hue, gentle haze, healthy glow, and a frothy offwhite head atop. Dies to a firm filmy layer, laces ok. Aromas are gentle sweetness, decent American hop presence. Florals, grass, gentle citrus rind. Some gentle malty elements, fruit. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, a bit soapy, well carbonated with gentle florals, grass, prickly fruit elements. Middle is a touch mellow, dry, resiny. Some firm hoppy dryness carries into the backend, some florals, pine, and dry grainy malt. Finish is a firm dry resiny feel, earthy and floral. Really nice. Some great play, a bit girthy immediately but not sweet or malty at all. I prefer Mmm Kay but this isnít bad. Solid.
nimbleprop (5083) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Churchkey during CBC week. Clear brick red with some creamy, white head. Nose is big hops, pine resin, blood orange, grapefruit, malt. Flavor is very bitter, grapefruit, big pine resin, orange zest, lime, scallion, hop pellet dust. Full, bitter, sticky finish. BIG.
Pailhead (5036) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma consists of dank hops, grapefruit, light fruit, and a hint of caramel. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is some sporadic dotted lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of fruit and a hint of caramel. The finish has moderate grapefruit, lighter dank hops, and a touch of grass. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation.
jkwood04 (4117) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours amber with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of citrusy and grassy hops plus a good amount of cereal and pale malts. Flavor the same with a nice blend but a bit too grainy for me. Average texture. An interesting beer, but could improve a little.
HonkeyBra (3480) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a rich amber with a medium head. Big dank aroma. Earth, dank leaves, mild tropical fruits. Some fruit cup and pine but mostly, well, as you can tell from the name of the beer: weed. Flavor is bitter and dank, lots of bitter plant flavors. Medium bodied, booze is well hidden. Finishes strong and bitter. This is a nice IPA that showcases the Falconerís Flight hop well.
bytemesis (3433) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear reddish amber with a small off-white head and some lacing. Aroma is caramel, pine, pine sol. Flavor is medium sweet, light bitter, caramel, pine, grassy. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel.
rumproasts (3204) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at 2013 michigan winter beer fest. nice easy drinking ipa. big flavors.
superspak (2769) - Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 6/22/2013. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers, Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, mango, orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, floral, pine, grass, caramel, toast, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, peach, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toast, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, mango, peach, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toast, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a fair amount of malt balance and zero cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPL style! All around good balance and complexity of hop flavors with a fair amount of malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.