AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice amber with huge white fluffy head that has massive retention. Aromas are very faint and mostly light apricot/peach and some caramel. The flavor is the nicest part of this beer featuring strong caramel, soap, honey and bitterness that I can only describe as Fuggle-y. Palate is nice, not too heavy but with a denseness that fits this beer. Overall, the style is more reminiscent of a hoppy ESB than a straight up English IPA; this is much more in line with a hoppy pub ale and as such it tastes quite nice, but this can’t compare to a really good English IPA.
Butters (3735) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber pour with ample offwhite head. Defenitely a little old. Smells and tastes of old faded english hops (not noble). Has a lingering bitterness after the caramel malt sweetness fades. A little fusel alcohol burn/spiciness which could be coming from the hops i suppose. A decent english ipa, but nothing amazing.
CJfromPhilly (138) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours from the 12 oz bottle an impressive copper color with a foamy 2 finger head. There seems to be almost no carbonation going on inside the glass, I had to look really hard to find a small handful of tiny bubbles. Aroma is surprisingly faint with almost no hop presence...I get mostly the aroma of toasted malt. 1st sip brings a sharp note of spicy, piney hops, but it’s not the overwhelming in-your-face hoppiness that comes with most American IPAs. Mouthfeel is right down the middle, neither watery of heavy. Overall, this is a decent, very drinkable IPA, a refreshing change from all the overdone hop bombs out there.
TheHopster (791) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled one bottle at the Williamsburg Inn Restoration Bar, in Colonial Williamsburg. One of my least favorites among the several locals sampled on this trip. This IPA is British in style, not an American hop-styled IPA.
blackflag321 (466) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pour into pint. Copper color. Not hoppy like American IPAs, but a mellow balance of hops and malts. Full bodied. Went well with my meal of pork loin and home made mac and cheese.
beernovice39 (3109) - Montana, USA - JUL 10, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours a clear copper with a tiny off white top. Scent is tea, caramel and fruit. Taste is much the same.
bluejacket74 (1282) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a copper/orange color with a couple inch off-white head that sticked around for a while. There’s also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is herbal and citrusy (orange, lemon peel) hops, and some bready malt. The brew tastes like herbal and citrusy (grapefruit, oranges) hops, and some bready and caramel malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit creamy but also has a little too much carbonation for me. I still think it’s a decent enough brew overall, it’s certainly worth trying. I’d like to have this one again in the future.
bytemesis (3028) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Pours clear amber with a thin and quickly dissipating off-white head. The aroma is malty, bready and slightly sweet. The first thing to note in the taste are the malts, with a sweet, bready almost nutty flavor, followed by bitterness from the hops. Lingering aftertaste.
maverick32 (21) - Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m no expert, but I have read that there is a difference between an American IPA and an English IPA. That being said this may be a good example of an English. Poured from a 12 once bottle -- clear copper color with a slight white head. I thought a good balance of hops and malt, but not as hoppy as the American IPAs that I prefer.
DiarmaidBHK (3387) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Total Wine Sterling. Pours orange with a finger of white foam. Pours light orange without much going on with the aroma. Has a slight hint of hop flavor. The finish fades pretty quickly as does the flavor. Pretty boring for the style.