apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice IPA. Slightly hazy, with a beautiful, frothy lush head. The aroma is perfectly clean hoppiness but still well-balanced with sweet malts. Pleasant earthiness and very herbal overall. The flavor is full of peat and hops, and is clean and refreshing. Some minerals in the finish. Very dry, very heavy. Nice.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to mcbackus for sending this one over in a trade. Furious pours out of the can an amber body with an off white head. As soon as the beer is poured, huge grapefruit notes fill the air. Nose is citrus rinds, floral hops, spice, grapefruit. Flavor is fully hops, pine, citrus, also with a very sight hint of a malt backbone sneaking in at the last minute. Oily mouthfeel, medium bodied and a long, spicy, brutal hop finish. This one tastes bigger than advertised. Very good.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with joebrew and scluffman. Excellent hop nose and body with a similary dry hopped body.
probstblueribbon (2853) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz. can shared with Lubiere (merci!), served almost cold in a goblet. MA26/07.
App.: Lazy orange-brown, flecks of yeast, small light tan head.
Aroma: Tons of piney-citrusy hops (marmalade) ;some sweet malts behind that.
Palate: Medium body and carbonation.
Flav.: Lots of caramel and cotton candy esters; bitter orange marmalade; slightly off-dry, good bitterness with a great citrusy aftertaste.
Great stuff! I was furious that the can was empty so fast.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 16oz Can. Pours a mostly transparent, deep caramel amber with shades of braeburn apple skin, topped with a tall layer of foamy beige head. Clean hoppy aroma with notes of fresh grapefruit zest, watermelon rind, lemon pith, and bitter planty herbs. A hint of mango skins as well, backed by a graham cracker biscuity malt base. Light bodied, creamy carbonation. The carbonation is a bit thin and un-natural; a bit more crispness would help liven the palate up some. The malt body that greets the tongue has a great caramel sweetness though it doesnít get too sweet or sticky and fits the light body quite well. A bit of spicy centennial-like tarocco orange squeezed over a teething biscuit; sounds weird, but I like it. Clever and dramatic in the way it starts sweet and malty, but ends dry and bitter - the extremety of the palate sensations is quite remarkable. Finish is long and dry, with a great sprucy bitterness left lingering. Thanks, Tom!
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
20070524 22oz can Okay, I had, for some reason, outrageous hopes for this beer so it was really set up to be a real bummer. Iíve had it at least once before and there are notes around here somewhere.....but this is the can that the very generous allendodd sent my way and Iím not sharing it. Ha! Itís attractive stuff, amber and deep colored with a soft looking beige foam that lingers, slowly fading to a ring, and lacing in rings with each new sip. The aroma is mild for an American IPA but so nice with sweet floral notes, fruity malts, and hints of resinous pith. Aromas emerge and increase intensity with temp. Mouthfeel is creamy, soft, smooth, full, and coating. Just brilliant, itís like velvet across the front and middle before a big smack of pithy bitterness slaps that right out of my mouth. Finish is long and lingering in its bitterness. For a six percenter, this stuff is big. Whew, well done!
nolankowal (923) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
CT7 Can shared by jsquire. Orange pour with a white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, caramel malt and light pine. Flavors of tropical fruit, citrus, pine and carmel malt holding it together. Medium bodied witha nice bittersweetness, bitter finish. Great stuff!
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can... Clear yellow ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Aroma of pine, honey, subtle grass and fuzzy fruit. Definitely leans on the bitter side of balance. Moderate, toffee sweetness; heavy grapefruit bitterness. Medium to full-bodied with a callous mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, dry finish. Thanks to my friend, robertsreality, for sending this one my way!
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I split a couple of cans of this with Flyer and SurlySober, and I have to agree with the sentiment of Flyerís review (below); this beer is agressively hopped, very bitter (99 IBUs according to the can), and quite dry. However, there wasnít a lot else to its flavor (no citrus, pine, grass, flowers, etc - all the other stuff that IPAs taste like). However, it was a very smooth 99 IBUs, if thatís at all possible. Mouthfeel is quite smooth up-front, and the bitterness comes in slowly as the beer sits in your mouth and slides down your throat. I found this beer smooth but not quite to watery. The most drinkable very bitter beer that Iíve yet tried, although I agree that it would have benefited from the addition of some other flavor notes.
The first thing that I noted about this beer was its packaging. The color and images of the can made me think that a lot of people must accidentally purchase this thinking it is some kind of energy drink; or perhaps a caffeinated drink like Sparks. Appearance of the beer itself is a clear-but-not-brilliant copper with lots of white head. Smell is highly hoppy. Flavor is as I described above. Mouthfeel is smooth and highly drinkable, almost to the point of being watery, but far enough from there to just be very drinkable. Given all the great choices out there, I canít say Iíd be in a rush to drink more of this, but during my next can-only expedition (canoeing, swimming etc), it might come along; or at least it would if we could buy it here in Milwaukee.
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2007 The deep orange-red color and creamy head probably raised my expectations, and this beer fell a little short of those. This is a pretty good IPA, but just didnít crack my top tier. Itís very bitter, and I like bitterness when itís complemented by other hoppy flavor notes, but I didnít get a lot of those -- some grapefruit, maybe a little pine, maybe even a little lemon (?), but mostly just bitterness, over a solid malt backbone. A little bit of a one-trick pony.