Aurelius (4773) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bad label, bad cap. Brownish amber, thin lacy head. An interesting aroma - at first very loud hops, then settling out to a pleasant caramel. Herbal tones, medium-light sweetness, med heavy bittering, caramel, a bit of roastiness. Medium body. A grassy, malty finish. Pretty good. Definite NY craftbrew specimen.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice example of an IPA that just doesn’t see the light of day on the West Coast. Aroma is very malt forward with a nice citrus aroma with floral bits hiding around. Appearance a nice bright amber color. Flavors are very nicely balanced, with the hops being grapefruity and grassy (perhaps Amarillo and Saaz?) and lightly floral. Nice beer!
SHIG (4045) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a brown amber with creamy off white head. Sweet rich spicy aroma opens your sences. Sour dry tastes finishes rich and deep sweet malt flavor.
sirsirus (60) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A surprising winner. Initially very similar to Harpoon IPA however this has a nice touch added onto the finish. It has some lastingness as well on the finish.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - AUG 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Shoreline. Drank on 7/27/06. Clear, copper in color. Small 1 cm. off-white / yellowish head. Drops quickly. Some foam hangs around, good lacing. Aroma - big, sweet and fruity aroma. Some sweet malt, but mostly big, fruity hops. Flavor - High bitterness up front. Fairly well balanced on the tongue with some underlying malty sweetness, and a big malt backbone. Some different, hard to describe hop flavors after the swallow and in the finish - a little citrus, lots of fruitiness, almost some candy-like sweetness. Palate - Solid medium, big malt backbone. Good amt. of carb. Overall - A good beer, but pretty sweet and fruity. Don’t know if I could drink more than one at a time. Enjoyable, but just a little off of the hop flavors that make up my favorite IPA’s. I like the solid malt backbone.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bot. Good orange citrus sweet aroma. Pretty, clea amber beer with tight offwhite head. Unsweetened bitter grapefruit flavor. Palate has a tinge of the metallic, good puckery bitter finish.
snowden719 (130) - USA - AUG 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2006 Pours copper with a small white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is strong caramel maltiness, medium hop aroma. Hops are mostly citrus, small amount of pine. Flavor is domoinated by caramel maltiness with some buttery esthers. finish is decently long and dominated by pine and citrus hops.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This IPA is very, very good--and I can’t wait to get my hands on more. The pour is a light golden color with an off-white head. The smell is terrific--plenty of citrus and pine hops. You can tell from the first whiff that this is going to be en enjoyable brew. The taste is a great balance of hops and malt. The level of bitterness is almost perfect--and is kept in check by the great caramel malt backbone.
linc33 (184) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2006 On tap at Olde Dublin Inn, Clifton Park NY. Good IPA colouring but a shade more amber than copper. A good representation of IPA, but with an over-bitter finish. Proud to call it a NY State beer.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Copper color, with a medium white head. Aroma of citrus and some spicy hops. Flavor caramel, with a citrusy bitterness coming through a moment later. A little resinous. Some mild lingering bitterness.