stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with a large white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, and pine. Flavor is citrusy, carbonated, carmel malts, with a slitter bitter hoppy finish. Decent body, good brew.
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to the_Epeeist for the trade. Large fluffy white head atop an incredibly cloudy yellow pour. Nose was thin in both the hops and malts departments. What little malt there was in the nose smelled considerably lighter that what I am accustomed to in this style. Not a condemnation, just different. The flavor shares the same departures from convention. I donít think there is any Cascade in here at all, and the malts just donít smell or taste like the roasty caramel or toffee you usually get in IPAs. What you get instead is a slight malt tone that is almost wheat, but a little wood chips or bark also. The hops are very aggressive, but more in the herbal and grapefruit way than piney Cascade. The body did seem a little thin. Although the attractive head remained, the carbonation beneath it began to subside after just a short time in the glass. I might have to try this one again sometime and reassess. Not unenjoyable at all, just a startling departure from the standard IPA mold.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is one fucking bitter beer. I got really really bitter grapfruit out of the body and a bit more pine in the aroma. Solid brew.
lamas (1527) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Best before: 09/06. Pours a hazy orange/gold with tons of floaties and a thick, creamy light-tan head that leaves nice rings of lacing. Lots of grapefruits and oranges in the piney aroma. Medium body, yet somewhat lacking in substance. Crisp. Just a touch of caramel upfront. Very harshly hopped and one-sided. Definitely not a complaint, just an observation. Spicy and tingly. Terrifically bitter, dry finish that lingers.
jimvy (131) - OíFallon, Missouri, USA - JUN 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a nice clear copper with a tight white head. Unfortunately, thereís a lot of sediment and itís a fairly ugly looking beer at this point....my mistake though, as I didnít realize the beer was bottle conditioned until I double-checked the label. Aroma is primarily pine and resines...not overpowering, but the hops are definitely in there. Flavor: Upfront, itís surprisingly bitter....mellows a tad, but follows thru all the way into the finish. Hops (piney) dominate, leaving the malt backbone in the dust. Decidedly bitter. Overall: A very nice beer....reminds me of DFHís 60 min. A side by side is probably in order. Balance is a little out of whack, but if you like extreme bitter with a hoppy aftertaste, this is your beer.
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed out of the bottle. Classic IPA nose: citrusy and piney. The mouthfeel was electric, very hoppy and spicy. After the first sip, I felt completely rejuvenated and wanted more of this elixir. And more I got, by drinking the bottle way too fast for its 6.6% abv. I loved this hoppy treat. I ate some spicy cajun-flavored pizza while enjoying Smuttynose IPA, which was a match made in heaven. Almost as good as Bellís Two Hearted.
eaglefan538 (2982) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a bad IPA. Poured a golden yellow color with a hoppy floral aroma. Carbonation was observable while in the glass. Mouthfeel was carbonated with a very mild hops presence. For the hop lovers, this may have been a tad disappointing, but I enjoyed it.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Had this one after Ballast Pointís Big Eye IPA and this one just didnít stand up. Donít know if it was as fresh as the BP version, but it didnít hold a candle to it. NondeScript hop nose and flavor. Boring.
MadMax (4) - USA - MAY 25, 2006 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pilsner glass. This IPA has a very plesent aroma, with hints of fruits and hops. The appearance was almost a golden-yellow and had a bright white head. The flavor, however was not as sharp and hoppy as I had thought, and there was little aftertaste like most IPAís I have enjoyed. Still, this IPA was very enjoyable and not a bad buy.
Brigadier (3405) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2006 12 oz bottle
Aroma / Appearance - An aggressive pour yielded a huge foamy bubbly head that lingered over the transparent hazel brown body. Scents of pine, spruce, citrus and banana cream presented themselves to my eager nose.
Flavor / Palate - A strong bitterness presents itself on the first sip with the taste of spruced hops. This bitterness stays around for a long time before finally fading; it feels like someone liquified tree bark and captured the woody tones. A grapefruit aftertaste caps a solid and enjoyable session beer. If I were a hophead, I might have enjoyed this one more.