bhensonb (12585) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Total Wine in Folsom, CA. Pours darkish hazy orange amber with a creamy beige head. Aroma is light pitted fruit with roasty malt. Med body. Flavor is light pitted fruit, roasty malt, and something floral/herbal. It’s dryer than not, quite hoppy, and decently bitter - but not a NW type.
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear orange body with a small white head. Aroma of grass, caramel, florals, and herbaceous notes. Flavor of grass, caramel, herbs, cardboard, and light citrus with a lingering bitter finish.
argo0 (12298) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Large off-white head, clear amber body, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit/pine, some caramel/bread, orange, spicy. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, some orange. Medium body, light resin, some stickiness.
Ratman197 (11364) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber poured a hazy amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness and light grapefruit zest. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, grapefruit zest and a hint of pine with a smooth dry lightly bitter lingering earthy finish.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Name: Big Bite IPA
Date: February 17, 2012
Source: Crabapple Bottle Shop
Appearance: hazy gold, fine grey head, icy lace
Aroma: sweet pale malt aroma, floral musty hops
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, plenty of balancing bitterness, floral hops with a touch of citrus leading to a light fruityness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
Drake (10695) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber from Beer Run. Pours a clear amber color with a large bubbly tan head. Average head retention. Aroma of big caramel malts, raisins and floral hops. The taste is bitter citrus hops with caramel malts that are a little overbearing. Medium bodied, low carbonation and a lingering bitterness.
DuffMan (8044) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy medium orange amber with a generous and lasting frothy white head. Aroma is surprisingly muted for an IPA, none of the expected aggressive hoppy aromatics, mostly just sweet caramel with light florals. English toffee flavoured malts dominate here, with light floral hop notes and a slightly herbal bitter finish. A low-key IPA, but with a nice malt profile that I enjoyed anyway. I can see why hopheads may lament.
Ibrew2or3 (7511) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber pours up copper with slight haze and quarter inch tan head. The modest aroma offers up some earthy and spicy hops with notes of pine hops and eucalyptus leaves in the background. The taste has bitter spicy and pine hop notes rimmed with a bit of rough booze and a dash of citrus like sweet hard candy. It seems to want to be a bold and rough IIPA but lacks the depth and richness to get there. Underneath all the resiny hops is a note of two of sweet dark fruity esters.
Ernest (6748) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (caramel), lightly hoppy (apricot), with a note of butter.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
IPA??? In whose opinion, I wonder. This is a syrupy sweet malt bomb...both in the nose and mouth. Rarely if ever do I criticize an American IPA for not having enough hops (the thought is practically laughable), but it’s very much the case here. Better attenuation would help a lot too. As it is it’s just too goopy and unrelentingly sweet to enjoy.
TaktikMTL (6428) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 22 oz achetée chez Beverage Warehouse (Winooski, VT). Arôme: Légère odeur de pamplemousse et de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est dorée voilée avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un large col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes avec une pointe de thé et de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’amertume d’houblon en arrière goût. (Rating #4316)