pineypower (2555) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Justin. Pours out a muddy copper with a thin white head.
Aroma is of sticky sweet malts, light citrus hops, and some cereal. Body is a bit thing, and very carbonated. Taste is some sticky cereal grainy notes, caramel and a light citrus hop note hanging in there.
kramer (5108) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark copper body with a nice frothy one inch head that left some nice lacing. The nose shows some decent citrusy hops, but thereís a too sweet crystal malt base behind them that makes me think that this isnít going to be great. Nicely bitter, rather surprisingly so even, with some crystal malt but not a terrible amount. Still a little too sweet overall, but itís better than most of the Lionís efforts. Medium bodied, a touch sticky on the back end with fizzy carbonation. Could be better, but itís not bad.
dmac (4217) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle from Dean. Pours a orange/amber color with a smaller foamy white head. Aroma is far far too sweet with notes of apricot, honey, caramel, and some citrus rind. The body is overloaded with fizzy carbonaion on top of a thinner body and a lingering sweet finish. Flavor of honey, toast, marmalade and citrus rind.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Picking up a tad bit of oxidation/pasteurization flavors that are only going to intensify over time. This is fresh sample from the first Maryland shipment. This could of been a good beer if it were not for the packaging practices.
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I got this 12 pack from Penn. when I went for a wedding, then unloading it the bottom drops out and I have only 5 left, luckily one of each from the variety pack. 12 ounce bottle poured clear amber with small head, thin-medium bodied, with a good amount of hoppy flavor and finishes with the bitter that you would expect from a IPA. Weak carbonation, maybe because I dropped it.
deyholla (7020) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Sean, thanks! Poured a clear gold with a white head that dissipated to the edge. Aroma was slight pine but mainly sweet grains. Flavor also had a slight bitter pine note but sweet bread and grains were the dominate notes for this beer.
obguthr (4101) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel and floral aroma, not real strong. Clear amber, thin head, some lacing. Malt forward with tea and grass notes. Filmy mouthfeel. Not bad, but there is something very Saranac-ish about it. Iím wondering if they source the same ingredients.
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with a nice sized slightly tan head. Aroma is citrusy grapegruit and tropical fruit hops. Flavor is a nice blend of citrusy hops and a slight malt backbone. Pretty good.
MattShizzle (542) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. From sampler pack. Copper color, very faint aroma. Strong and quite hoppy. I agree with the only other reviewer so far that this is a big improvement for Stegmaier beers. Not one of my favorite IPAs but definitely competitive with the better ones.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
For the longest while Lion seemed to pump out bland macro-wannabies until recently (Pocono lager whatever). This is an easy drinker which has some generous grapefruit up front but is a bit one dimensional regarding its hop flavors despite some spruce tones. Well carbonated with some dryness in the finish. Things are getting better in NEPA and check out the Pale Ale while youíre at it.