mnovacanes (61) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: medium reddish copper color with an orangish tint; pretty clear; good head retention on a definitely off white head
Aroma: attractive; citrus, resin, and pine, for sure; slight malty sweetness in the background
Flavor: medium hop flavor; definitely fruity; very interesting vibrant citrus and possibly even other fruit;
Mouthfeel: on the lighter side; smooth; low carbonation; slight alcohol warming
Overall: I agree with "PolakPorter." This is a surprisingly good-to-great IPA!
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at papago....
rich hazy amber pour with a fairly large white head which leaves behind lots of drippy lacing and rings.
the nose is very hop forward (thankfully)... bright grass, citrus and pine with a caramel maltiness in the back.
the palate is a reverse of the aroma... the peachy floral hops are somewhat muted by an abundance of malty sweetness... too much sweetness in fact although the finish is bittered and fairly dry.
medium to fuller bodied due to the sugars but hoppy dryness and bittering helps bring it back... 7/4/6/3/15/3.5
RSRIZZO (1839) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Trinity Brewing, Colorado Springs. Color is a nice brown with light carbonation and a big head. Aroma is bright and fresh with a nice hoppy scent with mild citrus tones. Taste comes on a medium body light with malt then a bold floral hop taste, a very faint citrus and even bitterness. This is a very good IPA that has the hops showing more with floral flavors then citrus.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz can courtesy of the Binnys Singles Rack (Orland Park, IL). Pours a dark amber, murky haziness, with moderate eggshell white head that dissipates to a decent amount and laces moderately. Aromas evident from can crack, nice floral hoppiness with grapefruit and lemon dominant with carmel malt notes as well. Slight piney character. So far, so good. Initial is medium on the palate, tame maltiness mixing with citrus fruits and some florals. Body pushes more hops, bitterness and pine make an appearance here with balancing citrus and more hops. Aftertaste leaves more hops, enjoyable elements. Decent on the palate, good taste, but lacks that initial zing I love in an IPA. An IPA that is flavorful, but for those who arenít the biggest fans of absolute hop bombs.
BeerandBlues2 (8445) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Pours clear, sparkling amber with a large, rocky, off-white head, lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, husky grain), heavy hops (flowers, pine, citrus), average yeast (sweat, dough) with notes of apple, pear, and peach. Medium bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.
PolakPorter (83) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Why is this rated so low? Iíd give it a high three, but it got extra points to spite those who couldnít get past the can and the fact that Ska brewed it and thus, rated it so low. Not so sure what those who slammed it were expecting. Itís an IPA. Itís not a DIPA, it doesnít come in a $10 bomber...itís just an IPA, and a damn good one at that. The hop level is right where it should be. Seems as though there is quite a bit spicy herb and flowery flavor to go along with the typical American IPA citrus punch. Not much in the way of fruit notes. This is not a bad thing, however. It just means that the brewers at Ska decided to go the herb, pine, citrus route. Do not be fooled, this is every bit as good as any other regular IPA. True, other Ska beers are pretty bad, but the word has gotten out on how to brew a tasty IPA. Any idiot can do it these days (even me!). If you like IPAs, give it a try.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from bruisin ales. pours a clear amber color with a thin white head and solid lacing. aroma was quite pleasing with citrusy hops, a bit of tropical fruit, pine, and a touch of sugary sweetness. flavor was surprisingly well balanced with fresh, leafy hops, grapefruit, orange, and caramel malts adding a great sweetness. finish is mildly bitter with some lingering citrus and sugar cane. mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery which is my only true knock on this brew. glad i was able to try this one fresh. solid brew.
Ernest (5876) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is clear light amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough, sweat).
Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, lightly to moderately astringent.
Pretty ordinary and a little rough around the edges. Very raw, resinous hop aroma...very little is enticing about the nose. Typical abrasive mouth experience, but to style I suppose. Meh.
tmoreau (1915) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. can transferred to a pint glass at Lunar Brewing. Poured a golden/amber hue with a foamy, fairly lasting, off white head that left some nice, clingy lacing. The aroma was a nice mix of pine and citrus. The flavor exposed light, smooth malt with the resin coming forward over the citrus. Medium bodied and fresh, with a pleasantly bitter finish.
waolsen (1328) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
can. copper pour with nice head. aroma of piney hops and citrus. tastes much the same with peppery bitterness. very nice IPA