esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Stonefly brewpub. Murky amber with a thin off-white head and some lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, caramel and heavy floral hops. Hopped up and hoppy. Taste is a grapefruit burst mixed with some orange, mild pine and caramel. Moderately bitter on the finish along with mild acidity. As an IPA, this one set out what it was suppose to do and did not disappoint.
Skyview (5535) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on draught at the GTMW ’08. Pours a semi-clear golden orange brew with a thin white head that quickly dissipates to a thin white ring and some spotty lacing. Aroma of a good balance of caramel malt, grapefruit and citrus zest with a touch of pine. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonated with a more grapefruit flavor that hides some of the caramel malt flavors. Finish is mildly IPA bitter with a light aftertaste of grapefruit and citrus zest. Pretty much an average IPA overall.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Stonefly. Poured translucent orangey-golden with a short cap of white head. The aroma picked up nice doses of grapefruit and caramel with a touch of pine.. juicy!.. weak off-notes of vomit threw me off, but this was otherwise solid. Juicy orange and grapefruit bitterness steal the show in the flavor (which is a good thing).. pine provides more bitterness on the back-end.. grapefruit meat and caramel support all this hoppage well.. bitter and tasty overall. Well-balanced on the palate, and the lingering bitterness stuck around for a while.. warm, yet refreshing.
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Thirsty Troll Brewfest
As things wound down I decided to give this a shot. The pickings were slim by now for finding new beers and I wasnít quite ready to fall back to the Ale Asylum standbys. This was a complete contrast to the Two Hearted. Whereas it embodied all the possibilities of an IPA this one barely passed muster. Itís not bad for a brewpub release but it doesnít set itself apart.
Aroma / Appearance - The body was a golden wheat color that was just a little different. Active carbonation percolated to the top regularly. Grain, caramel and hops formed a creamy nose that was inviting but not unique. It lacks the punch one normally associates with an IPA.
Flavor / Palate - Unlike the nose the body is all business. I was immediately able to pick up the bitterness which hangs around a long time. Cookie dough, citrus and string pine notes kept me busy before the fading finish. It wasnít a bad IPA but it just felt a little unbalanced.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy orange body, foamy white head. The bitter side of resinous grapefruit hops and lightly sweet crystal malt make up the aroma. A tasty pale malt base undergirds the same strong grapefruit rind and plant stem hohps. The bitterness is approaching harsh because itís a dry beer and there isnít a lot of citrus flesh hop flavor. Still, itís very drinkable and well balanced.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Listed as 7%. Pours to a very hazy caramel amber body with a thin white head. The aroma is hard to distinguish over the nasty stale cigarette smoke air. I about gag from the sheer amount of nasty smell in this brewpub, and thereís only about a dozen people here and nobodyís smoking. WTF! The flavor is bitter grassy pine hops. Bitter oily resins linger in the sharp palate. Quite decent for $2.50 a pint at a bar. The palate is "harsh" with tons of oils. This oneís a drinkable local brew when you want to go out, get hammered, and only spend $15 all night. Aroma definitely affected by smoky atmosphere. This brew is up there in IBU... 80+.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This poured the appropriate color for an IPA...it is an amber color but lacked a sparkling brilliance that is usually present in professionally produced beers of this style. The head was rather weak and didnít linger.
The beer smelled faintly of hops, and had an expected hop bitterness. However, this taste was accompanied a sourness that was off.
Mouthfeel was a bit flat and watery. I didnít find this beer very drinkable.
JPDIPSO (5569) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy Dark amber color with a moderate off-white head. Orange and yeast aromas. Dusty yeast flavors that I found in the IS as well. Woody and dry malt flavors Quite traditional.