illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2011 Can from Whole Foods in Alexandria. Pours amber with a pale yellow head. Aroma of toffee and ale esters. Medium bodied with semi soft carbonation. Flavor of toffee malts, countered by a mild fruity bitterness. Very balanced and somewhat British in character. Some strange phenols on the finish that actually sort of grew on me. Perhaps a little too sweet and not hoppy enough for my tastes. At $10 a four pak of 16 ounce cans, not sure I would purchase again.
crazyvin (1910) - New York, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A golden body with a white head that had some retention and very mild lace. Good caramel malts upfront and a great mix of both pine hops and citrus notes. Neither one being aggressive but definitely present. Flavor had good malt notes and the hops had a great grapefruit quality to it. Really contrasted the caramel malts. Pine hops were mild but just enough to balance the grapefruit. A dry finish and the carbonation was just right. Good beer.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. Sixpoint Sierra dinner beer #4, have also had in can. Nice appearance on this one, deeper golden hue good retention and lacing. Aromas are nice and balanced, citrus and piney, bit of floral too. Palate is balanced, some floral and citrus up front leads to an overly thin mid and lightly bitter finish. Not bad, but a clean sipping IPA to be sure.
hopscotch (8893) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can… Pours clear and orange with a small, wispy, white head. Excellent retention. The aroma is an intermingling of Ipa and Belgian ale components – fruity orange peel and grapefruit, white pepper, pine and clove. Full-bodied with modest carbonation. Fruity, spicy, moderately bitter flavor. Decent balance. Finishes crisp, light bitter and very refreshing. Thanks to growler for this can!
beerfest5 (1141) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
overall a very good ipa, not sure if the canning is a marketing stunt or not, but the color and aroma are pretty indicative of a west coast ipa, taste is too.
jb (2157) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, orange. Citrus and floral hops (mild). Malty, with citrus and pine in the palate. Mild, not super hoppy but tasty.
mkgrenwel (564) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light amber color. Healthy unfiltered haze. Not too cloudy. Creamy buttermilk colored head. Rests with a nice crown and a bit of lacing. Aroma is orange, grapefruit and candy sweetness. Rich bitterness all over the mouth. Crisp and refreshing before the sweetness begins to show up. Very well balanced, though. Very well integrated malt. Hops are the purpose of the beer, but they didn’t forget to give them a platform to stand on. Definitely a citrusy hop character. Finish is pine needles and oranges. Bitterness lingers on the tongue a bit, but does fade. As my mouth adjusts to the initial shock of the bitterness, it becomes less pronounced. The positive side of this is it becomes very drinkable, the negative is that it feels thinner as you drink. Malt is on the breadier, dryer side. Pockets of toast show through. The finish becomes less pronounced as I drink. I can’t say it’s one dimensional, but it’s not wildly complex either; just a nice solid hop character and bitterness, and a tasty malt backbone. Good balance, good flavors, good body, very nice beer. A solid, competetive IPA, but not quite elite.
kaser (2540) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours great, darker orange with nice white head and lacing that lingers. The aroma is citrix/floral and got my mouth watering, but the taste fell flat on me. Not sure how to put my finger on it, but it was just blah. Enjoyed the hoppiness of it, palate is smooth and creamy and i’d probably drink it again if it was around.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can from the Perfect Pour, MD. Had this brew a bunch and somehow it falls short of the mark, unless for some reason I caught a bad canning run. Lovely pour, bright medium orange with abundant fluffiness. Nose is strong and floral initially, but there’s a dank (and not in the happy way) and vegetal quality in there, giving the impression that it’s just a bit off. Nice mouthfeel, smooth and creamy palate. But there’s that hint of turned fruit in there, making what could be a very good IPA into a merely passable one.
wgmeyer (2) - - NOV 12, 2011 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This IPA blends a perfect balance of malt, hops, and yeast flavor. Everything works well together. Up front is a nice body, then it transitions to delicous hops and the yeast comes in--the yeasty flavor is almost reminiscent of a belgian pale ale. One of my favorites. IMHO way underrated compared to a lot of other IPAs that pale in comparison to this. A perfect beer. If you like IPAs it doesn’t get any better than this. Seek it out.