CheersMate (1339) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2007 The I.P.A. is decent, but in no way does this beer deserve and 93 overall rating. I was looking at others who have sampled this beer, and everyone is from the Eastern part of the country. The fact of the matter is that you can taste other beers in this one. What I mean is drink a Sweetwater Blue, or a Sweetwater Hummer and you will taste the IPA in all of these beers. I believe that this brewery is having a difficult time giving each beer its own personal and unique flavor. The color was great! A dark golden brown color. The palate was also very nice, a thick IPA that goes down smooth. The beer tasted a little watered down at time but was thick at others, and the head was in no way worth describing. The taste was unique, and not too pleasing. I don’t want to float on the mainstream too much longer!
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAR 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, best by date 03/05/07 (I’m just in time, apparently). Thanks to LooseCannon for this. Served in a shaker glass. Golden orange with a slight white head. Nose is very piney, a fir Christmas tree comes to mind. Some nice orange and grapefruit notes. Very smooth bitter flavor, biscuity malt and pine, but not a thick, resiny pine - a cleaner, lighter pine. Some cirtus flavors come in for the finish. Well balanced and crazy drinkable - really like this one!
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours hazy amber color with small white head. Aroma of floral and pine hops. Taste of malt and hops with bitter after taste.
alexanderj (3530) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 24, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2008 Rerate; had this when I first started on ratebeer. Really great aroma; grapefruit component was very nice. Probably like the flavor even more than last time. Just well balanced. Hop usage and the amount of sweetness almost perfectly done. Malt backbone ties everything together. Palate was fantastic as before. Upped from 3.9 to 4. Really good for the style. (Bottle brought up to VA by kleyland. Poured an orange amber; medium creamy white head. Aroma was great; citrus, some pine, crisp and sweet. Flavor was not overwhelmingly hoppy; pretty good malt balance. The beer is very refreshing, but still very flavorful. One of the better India pale ales I have had.)
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12oz). Thanks to blankboy for this one. Slightly cloudy amber with an average white head - looks like it should. Ah, that’s the stuff - classic resin hop-hit with some light grain and citrus to back it up, a little bit of malt, but this is about the hops. Taste is straight on hops, lots of sharp resin, quite a follow-up of UK-type funky/acidic hops, and a little light grain to sew it together. Light and chewy body, very astringent, light acidity and carbonation, a decent pithy bitterness on the back of the palate - solid IPA, nice and hoppy but not a monster.
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured with an orange copper color. Very floral and a light piny aroma with maybe a little spice. Flavor was very florally and hoppy. Pretty good overall for an ipa but i think i prefer the citrusy hops. Also a little sweet.
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma and appearance are wonderful. Nice orange amber profile, nice head, greate nose of grapefruitty hops, some grassiness intertwined. The mouthfeel and overall taste are a lot lighter than I like. For now, however, the best IPA brewed in GA (since big Hoppy doesn’t really count).
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of TheBeerCellar2. Thanks, Matt! Pours a cloudy yellowish-brown; small head with minimal lacing. Tons of grapefruit and citrus in the aroma; mouthwatering. Full, chewy mouthfeel: lots of grapefruit and passion fruit; well-balanced malt profile; the density and warmth of this beer is close to a double IPA. Nothing special to look at, but very aromatic and satisfying. Long, slightly dry finish, showing citrus and vanilla.
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Larry (Goldtwins). This is a pretty unique IPA, with resonant and lovely sweet lemons in the flavor, something not commonly encountered. It plays off a light malt balance and is hop forward with good bitterness.
bctdi (3) - Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2007 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
ok...sweetwater has done it this time.grapefruit aroma...beautiful light amber color....hops/ malt balance...this is good ipa.I went out and stocked my mini fridge with lots of this and im not sorry at all.Its not your typical IPA.Very interesting.