freekyp (1776) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Noma 11/15/2010.
solid filtered ipa, muddy, murkey look good lacing, apricot, strawberry smell. grapefruit peel. Thick mouth feel, starts with toffee like sweetness and whipped away with astrigent deep earthy bitterness. Ends with sweetness.
mralex (7) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2010 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very solid IPA. Nice floral hops on first taste. On tap at Flying saucer in Columbia, SC
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Tylerís in Durham. Apparently, I just missed my buddy, JCB. Pours hazy deep, bright amber with moderate head. Nose is fruity and piney, but not the pine did not overwhelm. Good citrus and sweet malts also coming through. Big taste. Perfect for an afternoon beer after a morning race.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tylerís, Durham. Hefty, somewhat cloudy amber pour. Got the earthiness and vibrancy of a solid Cali IPA. Nose was extremely piney, with a decent supporting bed of sweet malts. Mouthfeel is fairly light, palate a bit dry, and thereís a touch of heat that you wouldnít expect with only 7%. Taste is quite nice, dank and bitter, with fewer of the sweet elements coming through than in the nose. But still a more than solid IPA that Iíll definitely try again if I see it.
nearbeer (4473) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft pint at Tylerís Tap Room, Durham. Amber-copper with a small lasting head and drippy lace. Assertive nose of resin, citrus and caramel. Flavor is the same great blend. LIght-medium body is smooth, dryish, tingly and easily drinkable.
bierslaaf (105) - Somerset West, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap clear gold with small lasting head. Floral aroma, nicely balanced with bitter finish.
MosesMendoza (30) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Almost odorless, just a hint of malty aroma. Nice firmly tan color, with minimum head (poured from growler). Taste is bitter and woody, and there is an aftertaste that stays for a while, bitter and strange yet somehow not totally unpleasant. Overall Iím not blown away.
BeerBeatnik (10) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not much of a nose initially. Itís an amber color with a nice white head. I was most surprised by the taste. Not what I was expecting from an IPA -- in a very good way. Itís very hoppy. It finishes really nice. I couldnít tell it was 7%. Would have guessed less based on the drinkability. Would highly recommend.
netfest (2) - USA - MAY 24, 2010 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The aroma is great, canít really determine which of the 7 different hops dominates. The appearance is an amber brown with a frothy head. Great lacing as you drink it. There is definitely a great malt backbone to this beer, but itís not heavy. Medium body with great finish. Extremely well balance with a hop punch. One of my new favorite beers!
CushyGig (2) - USA - MAY 22, 2010 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great aroma. Canít quite determine which is dominate piney or citrus. But that is probably due to the 7 different hops that are added. Itís an amber brown color that is clear with a frothy head. Great malty taste. Not heavy but a great body. Real nice balance. Even at 7% it was very sessionable. I had several and loved it!