vyvvy (5864) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with a sudsy off-white head that gives great lacing. The aroma is sturdy, but gentle, floral hops with some grapefruit and citrus as well. Fairly balanced with the malt. Medium body with lots of gentle soft carbonation. Flavor starts with the floral / citrus hops with a good caramel malt backing. The fnish has lots of piney / woody hops with some spice to boot. Another great beer from Smuttynose. This ranks as one of the best IPAs I’ve had.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle (best before 12/06) from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/wells/tul target=blank>Tully’s) Pine and grapefruit...Pours a cloudy light yellowish orange/amber with about two fingers of creamy, pillowy, rocky biscuit head. Aroma of vanilla, grapefruit rind and pine. Mouthfeel pretty meaty but soft. Light prickliness. Lots of lacing coats inside of glass. Flavor is grapefruit and pine, pretty much in that order. Pine is more soft than sharp. Only lightly bitter. Very decent.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy with a nice orange color. Malts were a bit sweet and cake-like, but the hops seemed to balance things out well. Along with a decent amount of bitterness, the hops also provided some tasty citrus along with some pine in the finish. Overall, just one tasty, easy-to-drink IPA.
jrob21 (3434) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Positive points for citrusy orange and malty aromas. Negative points for the overwhelmingly bitter, metallic taste it leaves you with.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Apricot color with floaties.Aroma hop fresh hops, yeast and Mild alcohol. Piny with good malt/ hop balance. Smooth finish with fresh hoppy snap.Good beer.
decaturstevo (5788) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Ty5592. A clear almost orange pour. A clean aroma of citrusy hops and light malt. A very hoppy flavor with just enough malt to balance this beer out. I has an excellent bitter finish. Good carbonation round this beer out. A very good example of the style. I liked this beer very much. thanks ty
probstblueribbon (3719) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Beers of the World. App.: golden with a fairly open white head. Flakes of ...yeast? Is this on lees?? Aroma: nice hops, citrusy, a bit resinous. A touch of malt tries to peak through. Palate: Low carbonation, med. bodied. Flav.: a nice blend of malt and hops to start, strong hop finish, some bitterness. A touch of sweetness is barely perceptible under the hops, but adds balance. A hint of malt in the aftertaste too. A good beer.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[12oz Bottle - Thanks to The Beer God for this shipment] This was a deep golden color with a fair head. The aroma of hops was pretty good. This would rival some NW IPA’s. The malt was nice but the yeast was a bit too much. This was a good IPA just less yeast.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2006 12 oz bottle shared with StompBrockmore - at first we thought it had gone off, but no, those dead-skin-looking floating chunks of yeast are normal. Poured with an orange glow, mainly light citrusy hops in the aroma. Very nice taste, bold but not overpowering, good mouthfeel and a bittering finish. Well-balanced IPA. Grand.
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, shared with VeloVampire - pours a hazy light orange (due to the chunky yeast sediment in the bottle) with a lightly rocky white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, but they are light in the nose. The taste reveals this is a very balanced IPA, with the hops very evident, but not screaming to make themselves known. There’s a good citrus/earthiness there in the finish, and very little aftertaste. Moreover, I like the guy on the left of the bottle label. I want to know where he got his boots because I’m dressing up like him next Halloween.