Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thx to John & kathleen for this one!
Clear foxy red with a small off-white head. Aroma of citrus hops and red fruit. orange fruity taste with a good dose of malts and the expected heavy hopbitterness. Very drinkable for almost 100 IBU. As far as Iíve had beers with this amount of hops. Medium bodied.
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A beer like this reminds me of why IPAís were my favorite beers when I first started drinking. Huge grapefruit scent, bright orange copper color with large puffy head. Flavor is bigtime citrus- grapefruit, lemon, pineapple with a sweetm malt backbone. Finish is bitter of course, but makes you want more. Excellent.
5000 (5610) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can: Deep copper, fairly clear but with a few floaties about, large frothy sand colored head, very nice lacing. † Subtle caramel malts and hop oriented nose, slight citrus peel and tea leaves. † Stronger tea and citrus presense on the tongue. † Slight malt graininess as it warms, and nearing the backside. † Moderate to full body and mouthfeel. † Feels fairly smooth. † Lingering hop bitterness well after the finish. † Not nearly as potent as I would have thought for 100IBUs. † Only thing I wished is for it to be a bit more floral and without the subtle grainy bitterness on the finish. † Otherwise, quite good. † Thanks Joe for the brew!
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. Good malty flavor with strong hops accent. Very drinkable.
DocLock (7198) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to Ty5592 for this one. Wow, another awesome canned beer! The pour here is clear deep coppery ruby with a 2-finger fluffy white head. Great look on this one. The aroma is malty, with piney hops, cabernet notes, and a lot of citrus fruit. The taste is bready malty, with big fruit and hops, including prominent tangerine and black pepper notes. Very complex palate, with a good heft. Arguably the best canned beer Iíve ever had, and not arguably one of the finest beers Iíve ever had.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 16 oz can. Nice notes of apricot, peaches and pine on the nose. Excellent head retention. Highly carbonated. Very clean crisp and dry on the palate. Nice amount of hops balanced nicely by a hit of maltiness. Excellent IPA.
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2007 NorCal tasting Feb 07 - First time tasting an IPA from a can and I can safely say that it was a really nice beer. Fresh, green, hopped-up nose with a clean malt profile. Apearance was amber in color, clear with a nice hefty head. Mouthfeel was a little lighter than I like in IPAís but overall it was still nice. Flavor was just a clean, crisp, hoppy, sweet malt combo that made this a very nice experience.
auerbrau (3079) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A crisp fresh salt of pungent hop kicks my nostrils into gear. Wowzer. Cascade citrus orange peels meld with bright lemony hop resins and a nip of pine. A wonderful quaf of floral and citrus, with rising heat and a nip of malt caramels in the nose. Pours a crystal clear ruddy amber, with sunset fire fringe. Foamed with creamy tan sticky lacing, sheeting the glass and floating high. On the tongue a deft hand of hops, with articulate loblolly pine resins, burning red pine sap and a whole bouquet of floral orgasm. The hop flavors are right there, as if off the vine. So fresh and ripe. Scarcely does an IPA seem to hold onto the crisp resins and hop sugars as this beer does. Maintaining a biting alcohol-fueled hop frenzy in the middle, this is a bitter beer, but only in a good west coast cacophony. Lucious, wet and sappy. This is a damn fine IPA. The malt backbone kicks in with light caramels, sweet maple syrup and drying raisin bread. A top IPA for sure. I do think that the canning has helped preserve this beerís better qualities and many have said that it doesnít differ from the tap version all that much.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge cloud of massive pine and citrus hop aroma, enormous proportions, Iím talking Dreadnaught enormity,it stays that big for a long time, you can detect some of that Scottish carmel malt, but this is all about the hops, all that hop aroma delivers what it promises when it comes to taste, full rich citrus and pine taste, and absolutely superb finishing bitterness, sweet caramel shows up in little pockets,just medium bodied enough not to be confused with an Imperial,all these flavors cease to fade, at the end the huge hop assault does dry the tongue. Absoutely stunning in all respects virtually the perfect IPA,and all this from A CAN. An absolute drop everything and go on a seek and find mission for any hophead
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Valley Brew tasting Feb 2007 - Aroma is alcohol and subtle hops. Flavor is citrus hops, but not as strong as others note here. Curious of cans age since my sample seems subduded. Smooth and balanced this is a tasty IPA for sure, but I didnít get the big hops.