Headbanger (3880) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle-Aroma of hops and citrus on a hazy amber with a head that does not retain itself and but has some nice lacing. A flavor of caramel and hops on a light to medium body. Not impressed. I expect a lot of hops and i"m not getting it w/ this IPA. Not bad but could be better.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Via CaptainCougar. The beer pours to a lightly hazy vibrant amber body with a very large and lasting white head. Very nice lacing. The aroma is very juicy. Tangerines, nectarines, flowers, and sweet fruit juicy madness. All I have to say about the aroma of this is "holy fuck!". The flavor is juicy and hoppy. Fruity and floral. Iím really liking the balance of this beer. Itís not overly bitter and has a light malty feel. The palate is fruity juicy, nice feeling. Iíd definitely drink this IPA again. Perhaps the best "regular" IPA Iíve ever had.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2006
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2006 Stole this one from my Father. This is his favorite beer. Sherlockís East Cobb knows him as THE IPA GUY. Golden in color. nearly perfect lacing. The AROMA!!! wow! heavy Floral aroma. Obvious dry hopping and lots of it. Simcoe maybe. the palate is nothing overwelming. very light and ok balance. good and smooth overall.
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber in color with a decent head. The Sweetwater IPA just doesnít impress me that much. The aroma is of floral hops. The mouthfeel is very thin. Taste is hoppy, floral, a slight hint of citrus, and watery. Definitely not one of my favorite IPAís.
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from goldtwins.
Two days off in the middle of the week means that I am drinking a bit of beer. Went to Louisville yesterday and hit BBC, rich oís, and Willyís. Today I am relaxing at home with a few.
Smells of tangerine, and lemons. Pours a cloudy copper with a huge yellow white head that doesnít plan on going anywhere for a while. Hop flavor is there, but not over the top. A real IPA, not a double IPA in disguise, I like truth in advertising. A bit of grass, some orange notes, a sweet malt background that has a bit of maple syrup to it. Thin body that helps this to quench a thirst, or awaken one whatever the case may be. Not a bad brew to start a morning with. Thanks for the bottle, Larry.
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OldGrowth (3272) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, from trade with goldtwins. Best if enjoyed by. month 8 week 5. Huh, week 5. Anyway. Great nose, sweet. Fruity. Peach, apricot, mango, pineapple. Toffee too. Tad hazy orangy bronze color. Small head that faded to a ring. Nice lacing. Bittersweet flavor. Grapefruti kicks in other fruits follow as it rolls on the tongue. Little soapiness too. Thick body, creamy oily mputhfeel. Got grit. Bitter finish. dries as it goes. Great brew. Worthy of itís hype. Thanks goldtwins!!!
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy light amber color with a small frothy white head. Sweet caramel aroma with some floral hops in the end. Strong caramel flavor with some light floral hops in the background. Thanks to CaptainCougar for sending this to Richmond.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another big thanks to CaptainCougar for sending this to me. Golden body with a bit of cloudiness, light ivory head that diminishes quickly. Excellent aroma, very light spices along with hops and caramel sweetness. Very good taste, caramel hops dominate, along with some light fruit accents. Cool, bready ending.
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of goldtwins... thanks. Deep orange, slightly hazy beer with a thin white head. Sweet tropical aroma, grapefruit, some mango/pineapple and a bit of pine needle zing. Sweet rich malts as well, but they accent the hops rather than competing with them. Piny hop flavour with some light tropical notes and a bit of earthiness as well. Palate seems a bit light, but there is so much character that is still comes across well-balanced. Tasty IPA.
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hazy golden amber beer with an aroma of hops and malt. The flavor of the hops just slightly beats out the malt but pretty well balanced. A nicely carbonated palate that isnít fizzy or watery.