SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with very nice beige head. Aroma is strong, over ripe grapefruit, spicy, malty, various fruity esters. Flavor is some what sweet malt, aggressive spicy hop, ripe grapefruit with a tangy bitter in the finish. Very enjoyable brew!
madvike (3054) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle - Pours clear golden amber with a fine-bubbled off-white head. Smells of sharp, sour grapefruit hops, pine, and grass. Light malt, but the hops are the star here. Not as bold and citrusy as I’d like, but not a profile I’ve smelled much before. This is fairly unique for me. Taste is pretty sweet up front, with malt that isn’t present on the nose. The finish is pretty much the same as the smell--real bitter grapefruit, pine, and grass--but with a bit of a sharp alcohol bite. Real slick, oily, and resiny. Light, soft carbonation lets the flavor come through. Interesting, but a little hot and not the hop profile for me.
bigbish (588) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not what I was expecting. It isn’t all that bitter. Much more emphasis on the malts. It has a nice body, caramel tones, with just a touch of pine and citrus bitterness.
malrubius (2011) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle from AJs Scottsdale. Copper with lasting dense head and lace. Mild grapefruit orange cinnamon aroma. Grapefruit orange cinnamon biscuit with assertive bitter grapefruit finish. Pretty nice.
jake65 (2851) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2014 Bottle: Copper pour with just the slightest haze. Small, creamy sand-colored head. Smooth citrus and slightly malty scent. Light florals too. Immediate I2PA impact at first sip; sweet citrus, tropical fruit, maltiness, and a little heavier floral presence. Lightly bitter, but lingeringly sweet finish. Pretty good stuff.
cpetrone84 (1605) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A-pours a slightly hazed darker amber color with a thin bit of dirty off white head leaving a thin lace.
S-the nose is potent, an earty grainy aroma up front, subtle hay-like herbal hops with notes of fresh oranges in the back.
T-this has more balance with a stronger malt presence, toasted caramel and slightly earthy, notes of sticky pine, hints of herbal hops with a light citrusy orange taste in the back with a lingering bitterness.
M-fuller body, syrupy and slightly grainy on the back of the tongue, quite chewy with an assertive carbonation and crisp biting finish.
D-reasonably balanced with a nicely hoppy finish. the alcohol is pretty well hidden barely showing through in the back. the feel is aggresive and a little rough but still decent.
drpimento (2400) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Decent double IPA, but nothing, to me, that distinguishes it from some of the others of this ilk. Poured with a nice, foamy, frothy, off white head that mostly settles down and lots of lace. Color is a clear dark brass with some small bubble trails. Aroma is malt, caramel, toffee, a little bread dough and grass, and of course hop with grapefruit if the fore. Flavor is very similar to nose. Mouth is full, and round, with some sharp points from the heavy hopping rates. Finish is like flavor and there the alcohol shows up, but not in a way that is too out of proportion. Not bad, not great.
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this one at kickoff of the Super Bowl. I was very impressed with this one. Most of the Squatters brews I’ve had were mediocre so I wasn’t expecting much. Nice dark amber with a long lasting off white head. Very hoppy aroma and taste. I’m impressed.
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled. pours copper with a large frothy off white head. aromas similar to most IPA, citrus, spruce, and grass. flavors add some grapefruit. biter, medium bodied with a nice astringent finish. good beer.
Sammy (9269) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice as a pale ale. Neutral aroma, medium golden colour with one and a quarter inch head, lacey. A good bitterness, big in-mouth hops, like a double pale ale. Well malted. Caramel and a decent mouthfeel. Very drinkable.