Lagunitasfan (1318) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz Bottle. Secret Santa, I think. Deep ruby amber color with thich but tiny head and gooey lace. Nose is sharp hops nose. Deep spicy fruitiness behind the hops. Taste is kinda bland compared to the nose. Bit of sweetness, bit of bitterness, but not much more. Feels like it’s lacking something.
drfabulous (4133) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
For a canned IPA, not much carbonation. Nice bitter hops. Decent floral aroma. Not bad, but not amazing. I like the pronounced hoppy flavor that IPAs need.
beerbill (3508) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with blutt59. Pours a hazy darkened gold that eventually becomes mostly clear. Moderate off-white head that lasted to the final sip and left partial lace. Very pleasant aroma of bright grapefruit and lemon citrus. The aroma is actually quite refreshing. The flavor is mild caramel with grapefruit and some lesser pine. Strong bitter finish that was honestly a bit too much for me. This one is for the hopheads.
Dogbrick (8507) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Eurostash II tasting on 12/12/09: Canned version. This brew is a clear copper color with a medium off-white head that has good retention. Sticky patches of lacing on the glass. Piney hops aroma with a good balance of malt. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops character that has citrusy and piney notes. This is offset by a fairly robust malty base. The finish is hoppy with a lingering bitterness left behind. Overall this is a straightforward and well-executed IPA.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Santa. Pours a translucent dark copper color with a small, eggy white head that receedes leaving heavy lacing and a filmy island. Nose is very piney hops, bright and clear smelling. Palate is very sticky with a quick bitter bite before devouring all saliva in your mouth, leaving in covered in film. FLavor is those bright, piney and floral hops with a light toasty malt note.
nearbeer (3813) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. can. Clear copper with a lasting quarter inch of head. Aroma of fresh green herby hop, resin and citrus. Flavor follows similarly. Light-medium body is dry and drinkable.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can. Pours a clear orange-bronze colored body with a finger-width, firm, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a good amount of sticky lacing. Aroma has lots of pines, sweet grapefruit and tangerine citrus with a light resin. Some caramels and crystals provide a solid malt balance along with a pinch of pepper. Flavor is thinner, sweeter caramels and crystals initially before lots of grapefruits and pines come in. Finishes with a thin malt sweetness and plenty of hops. Moderate bitterness and a light resin that dries the palate and leaves a lengthy, grapefruit pine aftertaste. Thinner body and somewhat watery initially, but not very distracting. Overall, a very straightforward, well-hopped IPA. Thinner malts and body, but it stays balanced enough to remain enjoyable. Not the best, but much better than the worst.
Grizzle (80) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. can -> English pint. Poured an amber resin orange, with an eggshell head. Slight lacing, with a constant approx. 1/8th inch head. Smells of skunky hops, citrus, grass, and evergreens. Tastes like a can of skunky grape fruit juice, with some grassy, cereal-y undertones. Also tastes like it came from a can. I’ve had this in a bottle, and remembered enjoying it, which is why I bought the cans. Not bad from a can, but I’d like to re-rate a bottle.
Suttree (5224) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 12oz can - clear, copper, with a decent white head. Very piney, earthy aroma. Flavor is piney, flinty, but there is also a weird medicinal flavor that kinda messes up the whole thing. OK, I guess.
llcooldave (1113) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice fruity aroma; citrus, berries with minty hops. Reddish brown in color with a caramel colored head. Big hops flavor that dominates over everything, with a a medicinal bitter aftertaste. It’s a little oily on the palate for a very slick mouth feel. Overall a good representation of the style, a solid effort.