DocLock (8602) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Squat bottle from Capone’s. Pours bright gold, almost fluorescent, with 1-finger sticky white head that laces all over the place. Nose is piney hops, lemongrassy citrus, fruity. Tastes piney hoppy, with pale malt, tropical fruit, pineapple, orange, and some mild funk and earthiness. Complex finish.
bubbleflubber (2053) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy straw into the glass with a 1-finger soapy head that leaves nice ring lacing. The nose is of spent barnyard grains. Flavors are of grains, hay, light lemon, silage, grapefruit rind/zest/peel, and finishes with a peppering bitter to the back palate. The mouthfeel is zesty with active carbonation and medium-bodied, allowing for a nice summer offering with substance and complexity, alongside a decent drinkability. To be very honest, this certainly a brew I would not consider a "traditional American" IPA; however, this has very much the feel of a hoppy Saison. No matter the category, it’s certainly an interesting take on the style, and one that is appreciated.
Scouser (304) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy gold colour with white head and lacing, Ok looking. Aroma of of of malts. Taste of malts and a little citrus hops. It’s more a pale ale than an IPA, nothing special.
joejames (366) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours cloudy gold, nice two finger white head. Some lacing and great retention. Aroma of pine. Taste is medium bitter with just enough malt sweetness to hold it together. Light bodied, fizzy carbonation, metallic mouth feel. Finishes moderately bitter. Tasting notes of pale malts, pine, resin, grapefruit and herbs. Not bad but nothing real special.
beerbomb (213) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2015
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2015 rating this as an ipa: for something called hopfive you expect something hop-centric. well... aroma is subdued in hop department-crackery malts, bread, mild grassy and peppery hops with some citrus rind-similar to a pilsner. flavor is actually quite balanced and good as something of a hoppy pilsner or blonde, but as an ipa has minimal bravado-bready, crackery malts, some earthiness and bitter citrus rind/pine with some nice spicy and floral background, but unfortunately hops are kinda mushed together and overcooked leaving astringent bitterness. this is really not a bad beer, but misses the mark somewhat as an ipa...
Bulk_Carrier (2788) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - APR 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy burnt yellow with a slight orange hue to its color. A one finger white foamy head dissipated fairly quickly leaving light lacing sliding into the beer.
The smell was really nice as there was a refreshing grassy to lemongrass with a slight pepper spice glossing the underneath and allowing a nice floral content come out.
The taste had a sweet to light spice and slight floral dryness on it. The aftertaste had a sweet floral and citrus hops to it. The finish was quick and dry.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent crisp dryness rolling over my tongue.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good AIPA that I would have again.
60minuteman (1070) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It?s got that old fashioned signature glow,oh yeah. Aroma is heavily pine/floral hop. Like pinesol but better because you can drink it. Detecting some fruit as well...citrus, grapefruit maybe a little banana.
hopdog (9999) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Poured a golden color with a smaller sized head. Citrus, some earthiness with a graininess.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5602) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy yellow-gold color with a large creamy yellow-white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was sweetish, musty, pine and fruity hops. The flavor was tart, dry, bitter and chalky with fruity hops and undertones of phenol and astringency. Medium length finish. Medium body. Meh.
keepersj12 (2945) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I'm not impressed by this one. Where are the hops? The aroma of a Pilsner with no bite. The taste is thin with a slight metallic tinge.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Darkmagus82 (2034) - - OCT 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-5-14-
Poured from growler into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden-amber color with a two finger head of white foam. The head initially fades very fast, but leaves a persistent foam film on the surface of the brew. Upon fading the head leaves a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass and over time leaves some islands of foam on the surface of the beer.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is light overall. The heaviest smell is that of a pine aroma mixed with some other hop smells of a more grassy nature. Some sweeter aromas are there as well, with them consisting of a mix of caramel and a bit of tangerine and sweeter grapefruit.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter tropical fruit flavor with that of tangerine being the heaviest but also containing flavors of mango and pineapple as well. Along with the fruity start, there is a nice bready and hop backbone with the hop being initially almost entirely of a grapefruit flavor. The grapefruit is later joined by some other hop flavors of a grassy and pine nature with the grassy initially being more potent than the pine, but with the pine later really stepping it up and becoming the dominate hop flavor. With a little bit of a hay and a little more fruity sweetness, one is left with a smooth, moderately sweet and nicely bittered, but balanced flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that was on the average side as well. For the mix of hop and sweet in this brew, the moderacy of the carbonation and body are very nice supporting the flavors nicely, but not overwhelming the tongue and all the while making for a rather refreshing brew.
Overall – This was a quite enjoyable IPA overall. It had a nice blend of hop, sweet and enough malt to uphold it all.