illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can From Friar Tuck in Savoy, IL. Pours a red amber with a two finger light tan head that dissipates to a retentive ring. Aroma of pale malts and floral hops. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavor of pale caramel malts that sits behind and firm, aggressive piney hoppiness. Long aggressive citrus rind bitterness on the finish, with a tad amount of hop astringency and lingering soap. Decent, but needs some refining.
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - JUN 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce can. More breweries should can. Pours a nice golden amber with a small head and a lot of lace. Smell is of pine and some citrus, no malt to this beer. Oily mouthfeel due to the hops ... though in this case itís not a bad thing. Hops are the only thing you can taste when drinking this ... pine, followed by grass, chased by pear. Everything you want in an American IPA. Imminently drinkable.
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2010 Canned which I think is cool, hope this trend continues to catch on. Decent grassy aroma with good copper color. Refreshing hoppy blast is the first flavor. The texture is a bit thin for my preference but an overall tasty beer as I sit in brutal Houston heat and humidity.
MrBunn (2523) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours a lovely copper without much of a head, but with pretty decent aromas of caramel malt and resiny hops. Quite a bit of the pine and resin hops pull through in the flavor, much stronger than the nose would have let on, but this seems a little abrasive... itís good, but something doesnít seem to settle in quite right in the finish and it comes off as a hops tea rather than a balanced IPA.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. can, GUARANTEED to be awesome by Beastiefan2k. Pours a clear amber with a large frothy off-white head and leaves a good amount of lace. Aroma is pine/resin, earth, and light floral, caramel and island fruits. Flavor is nicely hopped, with more pine, light floral and some balancing caramel. A little watery on the finish, but overall not too bad.
CptGreencoat (95) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from Chipís in Kill Devil Hills, NC. Can pops open without any fizz sound, I can smell the hops as a pour it into my glass. Pours to a rusty copper with a thin, white head. Nose is moderately strong floral and fruity hops with sweet malts in the background. The head has sank into nothing but a small white film. This is a very clean tasting IPA with little yeast character and a perfect bitterness. Hop flavors are a nice mix of mostly citrus and a little pine. Carmel malts balance this out very nicely while still being very hop-forward (but un-abrasive.) It has a nice, dry finish with a nice lingering bitterness. This is an excellent IPA. If I get the chance, I will be a returning customer.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark golden amber color with lighter golden orange edges when held to anlight source and a one finger off white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of soapy lacing left behnd.
Dank earhy hop aroma with hintsnr pine needle and slight citrus fruit. There is also a decent caramel and biscui maln presence onthe jos which is slightly toasty but this beerís aroma is all about the fresh piney hops.
Slghtly chewy medium body with a very fresh and dry hop resence that lingers throughout over the malt backbone into a long dry finish. Very dry and piney with subtle citrus peel balanced by slightly toasty caramel malts. Pretty quaffable but really dry.
douglas88 (6703) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cool can thanks to Eugene. Pours a really nice dark orange hue with a very large white head into my Uinta Barley Wine tulip. A rich bursting nose of fruity hops, light citrus as well. The flavor is fruity, only light bitterness, smooth, a nice full palate, very fresh and vine-like. A nice brew, almost dry, I could drink quite a few.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As a fan of ska music and a fan of beer, this brewery has always intrigued me. The beer has made it into North Carolina this year and this was one of the Ska Brewing products I picked up on a recent trip north. I find an IPA is rarely a bad place to start when youíre checking out a new brewery.
If you needed a picture of what an IPA was supposed to look like, this beer could be the example. It pours bright copper and is topped with a frothy ivory head. Intricate, fine lacing left on the glass. A lovely aroma, grassy and herbal hops with a strong grapefruit smell wrapped around it all.
As the aroma indicates, the mouth is filled with tons of juicy hop flavors. Thereís the grapefruit but also orange rind, lemon zest and a bit of tangerine. Moving past the citrus, there are piney, herbal and floral hops. Underneath, the malt gives a nice caramel and biscuity malt profile. A creamy texture. Smooth and finishes with a bitter citrusy aftertaste.
It doesnít break any new ground but it delivers all you would want from an IPA. Tasty!
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to a trade with emmasdad, 12 oz. can into a standard pint
Poured a dark, burnt orange with a 2-finger head that quickly settled into a frothy coating. Lacing is abundant and lasting. Nose is citrus (orange/lemon/grapefruit), piney and floral. Taste is citrus up front, oily and pine, some expected bitter edges with a pretty nice sweetness to balance this all the way through. Mouthfeel is medium with some carbonation. Good taste and reasonable ABV make this very sessionable. This is a nicely balanced, tasty brew I will seek out again for sure.