mkgrenwel (588) - North Shore, 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 didnít 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 canít say itís one dimensional, but itís 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 (3307) - 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 iíd 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 thereís a dank (and not in the happy way) and vegetal quality in there, giving the impression that itís just a bit off. Nice mouthfeel, smooth and creamy palate. But thereís 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 doesnít get any better than this. Seek it out.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can pours cloudy amber with white head. Aroma is piney hops and some caramel. Taste is lighter than expected with maltiness up front with hoppy bitterness on the back. Not very discernable flavors, but tasty. Overall, a decent IPA that I would drink again.
artmcd8 (1847) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I usually donít enjoy IPAs unless they are very tasty. This was one of those IPAs.
DYCSoccer17 (3383) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16 ounce can purchased from Barkís Beer Cave in Plattsburgh. The aroma is mosly piney with some hempy notes and light candi sugars. Nicely aromatic. Moderately hazy, unfiltered copper-golden body with a yellowish head. Why is this IPA unfiltered. I hate that. Starts piney and a little floral before it becomes more herbal in the middle. Oily mouthfeel that almost seems to be diacetyl. Finishes with herbal and bitter hops. Not really exceptional, but good enough.
presario (4729) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Long description I donít feel like reading before football game. Dark amber with minimal head. Strong hop with a weird wild funky edge. Thin with a weird crazy malt profile and a funky hopness.
AirForceHops (3646) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Four pack of 16 oz cans, purchased @ Smileyís, Dover, NH. Used shaker glass. Amber color with orange hue. Light retention. Bold citrus hops and a bit of resin in the nose. Sweet malt balances the hops REAL nice in the taste. Mouthfeel has a very oily texture. Kind of average IPA, DONíT turn it down if offered or if you can get it on tap BUT, nothing you really need to seek out. For me the finish is a bit harsh. (a strange spice)
SpringsLicker (3172) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy deep gold under a tall, sticky off-white head.
Thick juicy malt aroma along with spicy herbal hops notes.
The flavor is well balanced between the malt sweetness and the hop bitterness, but the hop presence is the stronger of the two by a slight amount. Nice bitter dryness in the finish.