3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Last offering from the tacklebox. One helluva pop from this bottle [A] Great aroma. Kind of skunky. Not in a stale way. Dank. Floral and citrus aromas. Caramel & Euro malts present. Almost lends a nutty/chocolate note. Hop oil. Simply put, but pretty quaffable. [A] Orange amber. [F] Body is nice. Good balance. That skunky hop comes through, with orangey citrus. But otherwise, the malt levels things out. Biscuity pale flavors under upfront caramel and crystal. [P] A medium-light feel. Justly carbonated. Hop bite about right for an IPA. Enjoyable, without becoming too bitter. [O] Wow. It is odd of me to say, I STILL think the Blue was the most enjoyable brew in the mixed 12-er. IPAs are one of my favorite styles. But become boring at times. This was deemed satisfying enough to repeat, if Sweetwater ever comes to IL. Tie for 1st place out of the 4. Good.
Deadpool37 (56) - - JUN 10, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a slightly hazy copper aroma is a nice hop taste is delicious well balanced ipa
GIJOE (1076) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JUN 10, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with an off-white head. Sparse lacing. Nose is mild malts and hops; citrus notes, hint of grassiness. Taste is well balanced. Biscuit-like maltiness with bright citrus hop bitterness. Solid IPA.
joejames (461) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Golden Crust, Red Lion, PA. served in a English pint. Pours slightly hazy amber, one finger frothy off white head. Nice lacing and retention. Aroma of lemon and biscuit. Taste is medium bitter, slightly bready sweet. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly sticky mouth feel. Finish is dry. Tasting notes of herbs, tangerine, spruce, baked bread and lemon zest. I enjoyed this one!
prawlie (1468) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Powerful hop aroma. Clean tasting with a good balance of hop bit and biscuit malt.
Wolfenkopf (188) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I detect mild malt and mild hops in the aroma, which is not very prominent. What I do smell is nice. The off-white head thins very fast while the amber body is clear and quite attractive. It’s got a nice taste to it. There’s a dense quality to it; certainly no light beer. The malt and the hops are nicely balanced, so the bitter and the sweet are harmonious. The carbonation is a bit high, but not too bad. The burn fades, letting the oily mouth feel and hoppy aftertaste come through. This is the only time the hops win out, in the aftertaste. I would consider this the session brew, despite the somewhat high ABV for such consideration. It’s a nice IPA.
Gespuccian (105) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light yellow with light head. Aroma of pine, some malt. Taste is hop-forward. Pine, dry resin. Palate is smooth, crisp, with a bitter, hoppy finish. Good IPA - very drinkable.
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brownaler (496) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mouthful of herbal hops that are chewable citrus notes and a crisp finish. This was one of my favorite IPAs a couple years back, but it seems to be just a good one now.
Wkdjj (1) - yong-in, SOUTH KOREA - APR 13, 2016 does not count
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
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ChadPolenz (1629) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 BJCP Category: 21A American IPA
AROMA: Clean, bright, floral, citrus peel, powdered candy. Some grassiness. 10/12
APPEARANCE: Amber hue, cloudy but transparent. Large eggshell froth. Good lacing and retention. 3/3
FLAVOR: Lovely combination of melon, citrus, and Sweet Tarts candy. Bitterness is milder than most of the style (though bottle was old). Medium/low malt character - slight honey/blonde grain. Well balanced. 15/20
MOUTHFEEL: Medium/light body and CO2. Smooth texture and finish. No alcohol presence. Finishes maybe a little too clean. 3/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: To style in every category. A fresh bottle would probably score even higher. Impressive for what it is. 8/10
TOTAL SCORE: 39/50
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep dark amber color. Aromas of floral, citrus, with a touch of fruit. Flavor of caramel, floral and a touch of spice.