durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at 4th Ave Pub. Amber pour with a few big bubbles. Not overly hoppy, this seemed to lean in closer to an English IPA, but I’m sure being served on cask contributed to it seeming that way. Hops tasted like those used in British pale ales and there was a definite malt presence.
beerbill (3200) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Sixpoint tasting at Dave’s Bellport Beer and Soda. Pours a hazy light gold with a white head. Very fruity aroma with lots of juicy grapefruit with just a few hints of sweet malt. This is the most enjoyable fragrance of the beers I sampled this evening. The flavor begins with some moderate malt. There is grapefruit in the flavor as well, but there is less of the fruit flavor and more of the bitterness of the fruit. The bitterness does not linger. Medium bodied. A solid east coast IPA.
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[1608-20080816] Tap. Grainy hoppy hoppy orange peel aroma. Hazy, dark brown amber body with a quick creamy white head. Grainy malt flavour has lots of heavy malt and hops. Medium body. Quite good.
(@ Cole’s; Buffalo, NY)
rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, NYC. Much like the description this is not a typical IPA- very smooth and no jolt of hoppiness when you take a sip. Aroma nonetheless is sweet and floral and taste is caramelly and hoppy. Wish I could have had another one.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at coles- nice creamy mouthfeel, bitterness is there and not overwhelming. well balanced brew, with nice soft fruity hop flavors.
rman18 (309) - Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
An average IPA. Nothing really "Belgian" about it. It was hoppy with a bit of citrus and it had a large white head. A little spicy, lacked any palate.
Beershine (5181) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Redbones. Hazy, off-white with swiftly-disippating but lace-leaving head with lots of splotches. Balanced nose with some banana and other fruity esters. Good, medium body. Fairly thick and a little oily. Lingering bitter hop finish. Leafy: pine and fir needles. Very nice hoppy IPA that stays within the realm of sanity.
fredandboboflo (1570) - East Setauket, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2011 Original rating deleted as it was nonsense from a poorly filled growler. But this is a phenomenal IPA bordering on DIPA in malt character. Citrusy, limey, pineappley, and grassy hop notes meld with a rich, toasty, toffee malt. Notes of honey and anise as well. One of the more complex IPA’s you’ll find IMO, but it does not become overbearingly sweet or sacrifice the hops to get there.
Haslinger (816) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Empire BrewFest in Syracse. Good solid IPA, malty more than hoppy but there are definite tastes of hops here. It seems kind of heavy for an IPA but it might just me the malt. Great finish
LilBeerDoctor (3231) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2010 Growler from Big Z. Pours an orange/amber with a small white head. Aroma of citrus hops and wheat. Flavor of bitter hops finish. Wheat and bready presence with a light citrus. Slight heaviness--this beer tastes more like a DIPA even though it is actually an IPA. Interesting beer and pretty tasty, although its hops presence is mostly subdued. 7/4/7/4/14 [3.6/5]
Update 9/26/2010: Growler from Whole Foods. Lots of citrus present and plenty of floral, citrus, and fruity hops. Bready malt in the background. A very sessionable, light IPA (disregard my previous comments). I enjoyed this one better the second time around, probably a fresher sample. 8/4/8/4/14 [3.8/5]