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.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle via my secret santa Summer 2006. The beer pours to a clean copper orange body with a thick fluffy head that is fully lasting with a gorgeous lacing. The aroma is caramelly grapefruit with a little vanilla. The flavor is more malty than hoppy and bitter. Sprucey... very sprucey. Buttery caramel. The palate is very clean. Perhaps too much so. I would expect some lingering bitterness or oilyness but there is none. The flavor leaves quickly. I was kind of let down with this one.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a maroon color with orange highlights that has a clear body and leaves a thick tan head that leaves this beer quickly. The aroma is very faint, some caramel sweetness, and a weak presence of hops aroma. The taste more than makes up for the smell the taste is fantastic, starts bitter with a blast of grapefruit quickly followed by a smooth balancing of caramel and a nice crisp tartness to round out the flavors. The finish is soft and sweet but leaves you with a memorable bitterness bite.
CamdenD (1118) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is one tasty IPA! Big floral hop-nose, beautiful reddish haze color and nice malt balance makes this beer a truely enjoyable one. Leaves a nice aftertaste as well. Drink it, don’t read this.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark amber color with a small off-white head. Sweet citrus and floral hops aroma. Sweet floral hops flavor with some caramel in the background.