DrnkMcDermott (2997) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2012 Rating #2500!
I had hoped my trajectory would take me past one of these beers, preferably on draft. So how lucky that I happened to notice it was on tap at Maria’s, right along the way home from the IIT campus.
Draft IPA tulip, $6.
Smell is amazingly hoppy as one might expect mostly grass, with a little note of pine resin. Currently, the bartender has set a bottle of watermelon liqueur in front of me for mixing, and a patron next to me has been out dulling his senses with cigars. But yes, there’s some citrus in the grapefruit family, too. Color is on the lighter side of an IPA, more gold than amber. Taste is an expected smackdown of hops that helps blow the memory of the cigar guy out of my olfactory. Hop smell stays strong through the glass. They also keep a big bitter aftertaste on the top part of my tongue that amplifies the malts more than they probably are. That is, a lighter malt as befits its color, with little caramel roast to it, just a small stage for the hops to work their magic. The alcohol shows up, with a warning that I might set that aerosol flavor spray the bartender’s using on fire. Stays pretty bright in taste and texture. I;m still not feeling the octane internally, but it’s likely a good thing this is just a 12-ounce glass. Though the malts are light in color, they are definitely, um, making a statement. Any spills down the side of the glass get very sticky right away. A very complex hop bill sets this limited limited release aside from the others, and made me want to vote to make sure it comes back to Chicago on the next go-round.
akoeninger (666) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Hopcat in Madison. Yellow ale citrusy, hoppy fresh clean ale. Super good
PugUglyBrewer (70) - - AUG 18, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
When I finally got to pick up a bottle of this it was a momentous day. I kept my 4-20-16 bottle for a shelf ornament. Everything I could want in an IPA. Medium, clean crisp body. Orange hued golden body. Piggy white head. Pine and citrus hops that are Dank as dank can be. (Takes me back to a more experimental time)... Anyhow my favorite IPA release of all time.
olsvammel (5830) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from a large bottle at Bishops Arms Örebro. This was 10-31-15. Hoppy smell with a malte base that made me think of sponge cake. Similar taste. Surprisingly hoppy. Very drinkable, even though the hops has faded some.
bergstaden (2332) - Røros, NORWAY - JUL 2, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden with a white head - Good hop aroma with citrus - Good malt body to support a good hop profile that has citrus and bitterness - The hop and citrus goes into the finish - This was good
Ernest (7285) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (07.04.16 version). Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark yellow. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, grass, apricot, resin), with notes of alcohol, cotton candy, and plastic. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
A rather plastic and candyish nose brings down the hop allure (which are mostly attractive albeit fairly raw/green as well), and in the mouth it’s rather acidic and harsh. A relatively average, somewhat clunky DIPA.
matty (353) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. 07.04.16. Pours a clear dark gold color with a very brief white head. Aroma is citrus & stone fruit. Medium body, the taste is mostly citrus hops. Finish is a little dry. Great!
blahbobbyblah (75) - Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A taster at Taps and Caps on a very hot day. Left work early and do not have the kids so all is good. An excellent IPA.
phranq (57) - - JUN 22, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orabge opaque pour. Boozy malty aroma. Bready malty flafor. Bitter finish. Very nice taste, but not as palatable as i like. 9.2% enjoy by 420.
kathouse (1607) - Nevada, USA - JUN 21, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden with a lasting foam. Citrus hop aroma that has become standard for West Coast IPA. Mild malt sweetness with big hop flavor without being overly bitter.
rollinsr (564) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JUN 20, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear gold with a finger of off-white head. Aroma is light and citrusy with a muscadine feel. Flavor is bitter and effervescent with a lingering stickiness. Thick muscadine flavor lingers on the palate.
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