jb (2269) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had at the Rohrbach’s summer brew fest. Everyone brought their IPA’s here and this one tasted similar to the rest. Also not much different from their own Hop Sun product. Thick head, looks like IPA, nice maltiness, hops finish.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUL 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from sampler. Perfect orange body with an offwhite head and a good lace. Looks good. Active carbonation. Great aroma. It’s hoppy, but not overpowering. Piney hops, honey, sweet malts and a little more pine are all in the nose. The flavor is very well balance with the hops and sweet malts, but there’s also some honey and grapefruit and other citrus fruits. What we have here is a very drinkable and thoroughly enjoyable IPA.
Dorwart (2382) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent sized light beige head. Reduces slowly with light carbonation. Strong bitter aroma. Little spicy with plenty of floral hops and maybe a bit of unripe grapefruit. The really sour kind. Color is a nice dark amber. More harsh bitterness but it recedes quickly after the swallow. Pretty well balanced and the harshness dissipates the further into the glass you get. Short lived finish that is slightly sweet and has a little remaining bitterness. A pretty good IPA.
guzzler67 (1520) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Resinous, pine infused aroma with the malts becoming more noticable as it warms. Reddish amber appearance, small head and good lacing. Bitter, generously hopped taste with a thick, slightly oily, mouthfeel. Flavor was fuller and hoppier than I was expecting. Dry, lasting finish.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nothing special about this beer; this has a tannic detracting note masked by a lemony hoppiness; decent malty backbone with late, harsh, substantial, lingering bitterness
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from a trade with Sregnar35 - thanks Bill!! Pours amber with a short offwhite head. The hops in this one about take your nose off. Sharp aromas of pine and grapefruit abound on top of this one.. A nose only the true hopheads can appreciate. Flavor is crisp and hoppy yet backed up quite well with malts. Ont he palate this is medium bodied and quite delicious.
Sregnar35 (977) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2005 Wow, you taste an IPA like this and you really get it. There is alot of hops, AND you can still taste the sweet malted barley, very nice.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A little watery, but a nicely malty and subtley hoppy brew. Not overwhelming like a lot of west coast IPA’s. If you prefer the IPA with a crisper and subtler taste, than this is the brew for you. A dark brown amber appearance and a frothy white head. Not overwhelming to the tastebuds. A good starter beer when introducing to micros.
methtlcai (10) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
man this IPA has a killer hop aroma- like you are sticking your nose into a bowl of hops! The appearance is really nice too, as is most of the southern tier brews- a nice amber with good lacing- not so much thick but good retention. The thing I like the best about this IPA is while it is not my favorite, it really accomplishes its brewer’s goal- to make an accessible yet authentic IPA. ’Filtered and clean finish ’ wouldn’t normally turn me on to an IPA, but this, like SNPA, is something I could show my macro-friends and convert them to hoppiness.
waeltzy (53) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good IPA. Poured amber gold with some nice lacing and a medium head. It’s hot outside and this tasted nice for a hot day beer. The citrus and honey notes characterized the "warm weather beer" attitude. Flavor was of light hops with a medium bitter malty afterthought. I wouldn’t recommend this with spicy food.