NachlamSie (3191) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 bottle. Thanks Tronraner! Pours a very, very cloudy copper with loads of yeast just swimming all over the place. The nose is very floral and rich. Grapefruit, pine, honey, green tea, a very broad spectrum of bright, citrus notes. It doesnít pummel my nose like some, but itís more delicate and savory. The hops blast away at my palate though, drying everything out to my tonsils. I think this one seems just as hoppy as some IIPAís, due to the comparatively lower level of malt density. The hop sting is pleasant and clean with underlying green tea, honey, pine needles, oranges. . .this really goes beyond the norm for the style. My palate is left reeling, aching with drying acidity, a little hint of bark, and not much sweetness to balance. This is a serious cure for hop withdrawal. Oh, after finishing the bottle, I had to have a glass of water. This is tough stuff. well done!
[Dec 02, 2007] Bottle best before January 08. Man, I was really let down on the last six pack of this stuff I got. It was in date, yet not very bitter at all. I felt it was a fluke and here I am drinking another bottle to give it another chance. ah, yes, this is more like it. There is a very strong pine aroma and flavor with pitty, grapefruit bitterness as well. Malts are nice, very appropriate. This is still not as extremely bitter as the first bottle I had, but itís fairly hardcore and tasty anyway.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12 oz. bottle with a notched freshness date along the left side of label, sampled after a few hours in my refrigerator in a pint glass.
Poured a cloudy golden orange with a foamy, bubbly topped white head, decent retention, small amount of ringed laced sticking.
Aromas of grapefruit and sweet floral oranges, a light pine, grainy and whiffs of alcohol.
Good, even moderate carbonation and a crisp, dryish, creamy full bodied mouthfeel.
Nice IPA taste, grapefruit and orange zest, pine oily, dry tobacco leafy, a peach fruitiness that adds a balancing sweetness compliment to the hops, grainy malts, towards the end a little saltiness comes through, and a dry hoppy, malty finish.
Another well made brew from Smuttynose, quite quaffable.
mk70 (64) - New York, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2007 Very enjoyable IPA. Full flavored with hops, roasted malt, yet crisp and clean. Delicious.
EKGoldings (627) - Radford, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
There are so many nice IPAs being brewed these days its hard for any to truly stand out. This one is tasty, not over the top but not underpowered either. I really like the hopping on this beer.
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
There are some particulates floating around in the golden body. The smell is of strong pine and lemon rind. Tastes the same with a bid of bready malts. The balance of malt and piney hops is incredible. The booze is hardly detectable, but the after taste is a bitter smack in the face that catches you off gaurd if your not prepared. I donít recomend this beer to people just getting into micro-brew beer. Itís a bit extreme.
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip pint glass
A: Not terribly impressive to look at, at least not compared with many of the other IPAs Iíve seen/drank of late. Pale, golden yellowish in color, very little head, though nice lacing.
S: Considering the appearance of this beer, the scents are more of the malted biscuit variety, without a lot of the obvious hop presence coming forth. Nice, though.
T/M: Now weíre talking. For a beer that didnít look that great, and didnít smell all that robust, itís all made up for in the taste! I guess thatís all that matters anyway, right? BIG chunks of bitter hops dominate this brew (so much so that I thought the beer had gone bad after my first sip) and are kept in check nicely by a quality bready, biscuity malted sweetness. The finish is ALL bitter grapefruit though, so be prepared.
D: If youíre a hophead (like me), this is a delicious beer that seems to get better with each sip, and then each bottle. Probably too much alcohol to session with, but Iíd put this back every chance I got. Excellent.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the 2007 Big Beer, Belgians, & Barleywines Festival in Vail. Pours flocculent orange with a thin white head. Relentless hop barrage to the nose. Flavor is like eating the grapefruit rind, but tossing away the fruit. It needs more malt to boost the balance and increase the heat for this much IBU.
rocbyter (2046) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2010 Citrus hop aroma. Pours a cloudy golden color. Lots of stuff floating in this one. Head dissipates quickly. Nice hop bite with a bit of an acidic finish.
blinesam (235) - USA - FEB 22, 2007
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
i agree that this is not a training-wheels ipa but this beer more of an "extreme" beer than anything else. The beer is so hoppy that each sip give you a soapy taste. not my cup of tea...or beer
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange, with some sediment floating around. Nice little head. Aroma is fresh citrus. Flavor is pretty good, but not incredibly smooth. Nice . . . for an East Coast IPA.