ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, at a Smuttynose tasting at Charles Street liquor in Beacon Hill, MA. Fairly tranlucent orange body, good puffy white head on pour. Lots of lemon and orange zest in the nose with a hint of grapefruit. Body drank very light, weightless almost. Lots of bitter hops and strong pine needle flavors. Very dry aftertaste, not quite as bitter as I expected. The flavor seemed to wash down as quick as the beer. Loads of potential, but not much kick and not much staying power. Fairly average for a good IPA. I definitely recomend it, but not something to get too excited about.
joergen (24491) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy orange coloured with a white head.
Perfumed aroma of grape fruits and hops.
Flavour of grape fruits and hops.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange colour with a foamy white head. Hoppy and fruity aroma with a lemon citric note. Hoppy and fruity flavor with notes of pine. Dry and light citric finish.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanx to Thomas E. Orange colour with a big white head. Malty, pine tree, grape fruit aroma and taste. Medium body with a dry grape finish.
heemer77 (5210) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
New arrival in Madison, WI. Nice to see it. The body is a dark gold with ahint of haze and a thin white head. The aroma is fresh and brigh with some grapefruit, old toffee, iced tea and some earthy grass. All nice smells in this one. The taste is more in your face than I expected. Lots of grapefruit and some burnt bread crust. There is also some bitter grass. A little much for me. I would like a bit of malt balance, but those that love hops should enjoy this one.
jefcon (1537) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Good, white head with lots of lacing in its wake. Small bubble carbonation. Amazing floral, grapefruit aromas. Hops also confront you on the biting first contact, and carry through the beer. Aggressive hopping and other elements all in their place, so a nice balance. Dry finish leaves, again, a lot of hop to contend with. A good, grabby IPA.
henrikb (1260) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught - Dark golden body; white head fast away, beautiful laces; Quite big, super hoppy nose: Flowers, apricot; great carbonation in bitter, but well balanced body; Super dry when swallowed, it almost dries out your throat (like eating dry hop); Very, very long finish full of hop, but a little to sweet. Not a perfect relation between the super dry and bitter part from the hop and the sweetness of the finish.
TheEpeeist (3604) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Faintly hazed orange with a white head; lacing remains. Light floral and citrus. Sweet orange morphs to grapefruit and stays bitter for a while. Medium body, fine carb.
Maddog (479) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought in a Trader Joe’s in Brookline, MA. Much to my surprise, this IPA was very tasty. The aroma was very fresh and bursting with hops. Not the biggest nor the best IPA around, but for once my expectations were bested by a beer. A very nice smooth beer with a big hop finish.
WestsideThreat (13) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First off, great label. Bottle has some yeast residue at the bottom that I plan to pour right into the glass with the beer. Beer pours a gorgeous golden color. Clear but not pristine, there’s a subtle haze in there. Little bubbles stuck all over the inside of the glass. Nice snow white head...pillowy, tight bubbles. As the head falls it leaves a devastating wake of brussels lace behind. So far so good. Halfway thru this beer and the head is still nice and frothy.
Good, solid aroma. Hoppy with a bit of citrus and pine.
Mouthfeel is smooth especially once the carbonation settles down.
IPA’s have come a long way now adays. Gone are the traditional cascade dominated beers of yesteryear. This is an easy drinking beer. First impression is grapefruit. Second impression is grapefruit as well. Aftertaste is pure grapfruit with a wash of bitterness from a huge pile of bittering hops. Slight alcohol waffs about halfway thru the swallow.
Overall: This is a straight forward, well crafted beer...something that any brewer would be proud of. Lacks a little bit of depth that I would prefer. I could certainly drink another one of these right now. The still going grapefruit aftertaste doesn’t let you forget this beer easilly. Good call on this one Wilked.