502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUL 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Nashville’s Music City Brew Festival, at least I think this is the beer. The tap just said Starr Hill IPA. Nice resinous hop profile, but a bit plane. Nice for the summer though.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at Sam’s. Don’t really have much to say about it other than it’s a very typical American IPA with a very typical hop profile. Poured amber with smallish white head. It is what it is... and it is what many others are, too.
chandler0201 (640) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber pour with caramel and citrus in the aroma, lightly bitter flavor for an IPA, drinks smooth. Not bad overall.
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours amber. Nose is caramel malts and citrus hops. Flavor is citrus and malt. Not too complex. Easy drinker.
argo0 (11442) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle) Medium off-white head atop clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit/pine, some bread. Taste is medium sweet, pine/grapefruit, bread. Chewy medium body, some hop acidity.
keepersj12 (2673) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Solid IPA. Nothing really special. Citrus pine aroma. Flavor is the same with a dry hoppy finish. Pretty nice.
maltdog (617) - Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 5.8%abv. Smooth amber color, attractive one-inch sandy head is lumpy and persistent. Promising citric-herbal hop aromas plus caramel. A buttery, almost greasy malt flavor intros a fanfare of glassy hops that carry over into the long deep aftertaste… juniper berries, herbal/chocolatey, and a touch of cedar. This is the beer’s highlight, like a lapdance on the tongue. It’s difficult to reconcile normally supergrapefruity Cascade with these flavors. Fullish, chewy palate; pinpoit carbonation is spot on. Remaining cottonball clumps of lace require a spatula to remove... my poor glass end up looking like a cheesy "sand art" candle. Very enjoyable IPA.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Pours an amber-orange with an off white head, The head is foamy and mostly lasting, provides good lacing. Has a aroma of citrus, earth, spices, caramel, and fruits. Has a good carbonation. The flavor is pretty good. Well blended. Has a good hop presence. Has an oily texture. A medium body. The finish is good and has an okay aftertaste.
FastCarboy (2) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2009 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled. Good IPA with enough hops to separate it from "every other IPA"... barley. Slightly sticky. While the citric bite is there, the mouthfeel is soapy with a slight iron(?) aftertaste. It’s good, but w/ a name like Northern Lights you expect dank.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle BB november... the year i am unsure of...
pours with a pale coppery hue and a rocky light tan head. it’s got lots of splotchy clingy lacing.
there is a distinct aroma similar to a hand full of pennies... mixed with grapefruit, orange, caramel malt, cinnamon-like spiciness, dirty earthy hops and dried apricots.
initially, it tastes like blood?.... along with grapefruit, grain, caramel, spicy hops, orange, juniper-like sweet pine and dirt. the palate is far too sweet and out of balance. the only bitterness comes on the finish though it is not really dry. meh.