puzzl (3257) - 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.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle via goldtwins (thanks!). Pours a hazy amber with a small quickly dissipating head. Nose is Orange, grapefruit and pine. Taste start with some sweet honey and caramel, then some bittersweet grapefreuit, and a dry pine finish. Pine lingers awhile in the aftertaste as well. Carbonation is moderate and body is medium. Pretty good but finish is just a bit too dry and and metallic.
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fizzy off-white head atop a slightly cloudy amber pour. Stong citrus aroma mixed with sweet caramel with a hint of strawberries. Toasty malty sweet flavor followed by a crisp bitter finish. Nice IPA.
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from goldtwins. Thanks. Pours an orangish copper with hardly any head. Floral and grassy hop aroma. Nice, dry hopped ipa. Nice, but it doesnt stand out.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to both Larry (goldtwins) and Matt (TBC2) for this one! Orangey amber pour w/ coppery highlights and a lasting medium sized pillowy white head.
Grassy and piney hop aromas at first. Some resiny hops as well. Caramel and toasty malts seem a bit thin compared to hops, but hey, it’s an American IPA! The combination and intensity of hops makes it almost herbal together. Flavor is well balanced for the most part. A bit on the sweet side at very first sip, resiny hop flavor throughout! Lightly dry and bitter finish. Toasty malt flavor comes out more int he flavor than the aroma w/ a touch of caramel. Herbal hop flavors into the finish and aftertaste, but also some floral notes pop into the late lingering aftertaste. Very little fruitiness in either flavor or aroma. Lighter medium body, well hidden alcohol, smooth w/ a lower medium carbonation to keep it from being prickly. Nicely done Sweetwater! Very refreshing, almost thirst quenching beer, even though it’s New Year’s Eve on a rain soaked day in northeast Ohio!
shrubber85 (9935) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. NIce sweet orange-grapefruit hops aroma. Clear orange-yellow color with small head. Flavor an excellent sweet grapefruit and light malt. Moderate hops finish. Well blended - the bitterness doesn’t overwhelmed the beer. Very nice IPA.
brstp (201) - - DEC 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good IPA amber color, white head leaves some lacing. Aroma is pretty much perfect -- lots of citrus and floral hops. Tastes just like it smells, a little tangy at the start, a ltitle malt balance and then finishes too quickly with the bitter hops. This is different than I remember and the beer seems to be missing something -- it’s as if they are trying too hard to make the Ultimate American IPA. All the ingredients are there but nothing ties them together. Still Sweetwater’s best beer and what I order in Atlanta if it’s on tap.
marksahara (79) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at multiple locations in ATL, including direct at brewery and in 12 oz. bottle. Pours a light amber colour with slight haze and fairly creamy crown. Good retention and light lacing. Strong aroma full of floral and herbal hops, citrus, and a bit of pine. Flavour is bitter all the way through to the finish, full of hops and lively carbonation, and a subtle malt sweetness underlying it all. The hop formula changed within the past year since the new brews leave a grapefruit-like essence on your tongue following each drink, much like Cascade hops do. Not the strongest IPA I’ve had, but very well balanced and it really does feature the hops front and foremost. Palate is medium bodied and is very easy to drink. And while it is strong, it won’t give you palate fatigue after a 6-pack so it’s a great session beer for true hopheads. Overall a great IPA and what I consider Sweetwater’s best year-round brew.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with goldtwins - Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a one finger thick off white head. Lots of spotty lacing. Has a strong fruit, citrus, and herbal hop aroma. Flavor is citrus hops and caramel malt. Has a noticeable hop bite at the end. Medium body. A good beer. Thanks Larry.