tjern16 (13) - Alabama, USA - SEP 14, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very good IPA. This beer has the right amount of citrus with a little bit malt finish.
JK (4400) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice bronze color and a tall head, lacing the glass. Well carbonated. Flavor has dry malt and grassy, herbal hops. Flavor is bitter for sure, hops are up front and dry, with a light malt base lending a little sweetness. A good ipa.
bobman006 (326) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear golden with pretty white head. Aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruit, bright fruit, cereal, caramel. Flavors of grapefruit, tropical fruit, caramel, cereal. Balanced finish with hop attenuation. Medium body with foamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Palate killing bitterness. Very hop forward for body.
Drjohnrock (431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from bottle at 2011 Cincinnati Beer Fest on Fountain Square. Medium gold/amber hue, small off white head, good firm bittersweet aroma, body a bit thin but sufficiently strong flavor comes through. This beer seems to have some elements of a bitter or ESB--not a conventional IPA, but well made, enjoyable, and the best beer I’ve had to date from Summit.
dmac (3989) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from Spirits Brick. Poured a god looking burnt orange/rtusty copper body with a smaller brigth white tight foamy head. Aroma was far more malty than I was expecting. Notes of cereal, rye bread, dry citrus rind, earth and some dry English toffee. The body is medium with strong tight bubbly carbonation and a dry finish. Flavor of rye, I know there isn’t any rye listed as an ingredient but I taste it and smelt it so back off, dry cirus rind, dry well done wheat toast, earth. This is far drier and maltier than I was anticipating and seems more like an APA.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at TJ’s: Aroma of hops, pine, grass, and Earth. Poured amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of hops, grass, pine, and a hint of malt. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Hop, grass, pine finsih is medium bitter and lightly dry.
crossovert (7202) - Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, 25th anniversary beer.
It pours a nice color for an IPA, a middle of the road orangeish gold. The head is foamy and slightly off-white and produces some nice lacing.
The smell isn’t bad. It has some citrus and that herbal hop scent that you get form sniffing fresh cones, and for that I give it a plus.
The flavor is decent. It is a much, much better version of their extra pale ale. The hop flavors bring more balance to the malt. IT has a nice bitterness, but it is still a balanced brew.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Very crisp, clear copper color. Average sized foamy, light, sticky, fluffy white head. Great retention leaving a nice lacing.
S - There is a strong biscuity malt along with some herbal notes. This is mixed with the C hop aromas with grapefruit citrus and resinous pine being the dominant hop aromas with notes of pineapple and lemon. Smells like a mix of an English pale ale and a west coast American IPA.
T - Much more hop heavy on the taste than the nose. Strong bitter flavor, especially on the finish. Bitter grapefruit rind, lemon, pine, and hints of sweet grapefruit/pineapple are all present throughout. The Citra hops are a bit covered up but provide a nice background fruitiness. Subtle herbal and biscuit flavors a la the EPA, more herbal than malty. A nice sweetness shows up on the finish occasionally as well.
M - Full side of medium body with good carbonation. Full feeling with a slightly drying finish. Lingering bitterness.
D - Pretty easy to drink. A touch on the bitter side, but overall fairly well balanced. Nice mix of EPA and west coast IPA with the IPA winning on the taste. Could easily put a couple back in a night.
Notes: Definitely could taste a west coast hopped version of the EPA. Great body and pretty tasty. A little on the bitter side, but it was pretty refreshing. Enjoyed the beer quite a bit, especially for the price.
Finhead (1165) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep golden pour with a frothy off-white head. The aroma is wonderful mixture of orange zest, florals, and apricot. The medium body has a slick texture with lively carbonation. The taste is bittersweet in the beginning, but the finish leaves a long bitterness on the back of your tongue.
Scouser (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice orange copper colour with loads of white lacing. A nice looking beer. Aroma of pine ad citrus. Orange peel and pine to taste. This one gets better as it warms a little. I likes this one.