TheMaha (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
So. my first thought is that Iím going to compare Ethos IPA to my local legend Surly Furious. Both come in 16oz cans. Price point between the two is negligible. Both have pretty high IBUs while maintaining a reasonable ABV. Surly: 99/6.2% Ethos 110/6.7% That is about as far as the comparison goes. Ethos could be described as decent to good...Surly is world class. First and foremost Ethos is a hop bomb. There is no pretense of balance here. West Coast my ass, there are hopheads out there in the heartland. On the lighter side of the classic IPA amber color with a light, thin white head. The aroma stands tall with dank earthy, tropical fruit and apricot hop notes. Initial tasting provides lots of grapefruit, and citrus tang but falls apart fairly quickly. The carbonation is light. Surprisingly at 110 IBUs the bitterness is not as assertive as one would expect. The mouthfeel could best be described as thin and lacking depth. While tasty, this is very much one note and not nearly as refreshing as I had hoped. This did get better as it warmed a bit, a little more sweetness came through but this brew still lacked "completeness" In the crowded world of IPAs this falls into the pedestrian side of the equation.
ordybill (1302) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly murky orange-yellow color with a large white head. The aroma has a decent blend of fruit, yeast and caramel. The flavor is full of piney hops with a fruit backdrop.
euniceradio (411) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz can to tulip. Pours clear copper orange, small white froth head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, sweet malts. Taste is same with some tropical fruit and bitter biscuit finish.
blueshockey24 (414) - Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2016
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Pours orangish golden. Aroma is soapy citrus. Taste is sweet malty citrus with a sweet hoppy grapefruit zest finish. Pretty good. A little more on the malty side for my personal preference but good.
luttonm (4519) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can at Seattle tasting. Richer gold-orange, foamy head. Resiny, a little pine, sweet, earthy. Not my favorite profile. But solid, sweet, full IPA
dogfish120love (1117) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden orange with an off white lacing. The aroma is a mixture of floral and earthy, with some biscuit notes on the finish. The flavor is predominantly dry and bitter
superspak (4566) - Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 2/5/2016. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, mango, apricot, pineapple, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, light caramel, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of bright/dank citrus/tropical/earthy hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, mango, apricot, pineapple, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, light caramel, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Large amount of pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, mango, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/dank citrus/tropical/earthy hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness as well, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible IPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/dank citrus/tropical/earthy hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.
Niko100 (2652) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of floral hops, fruit, caramel, & citrus; Flavor of caramel malt, pine hops, some fruit, and citrus (notably grapefruit); Finish is dry & fairly bitter; Nicely balanced; Clean & good!
Frank (3971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This stuff doesnít have my favorite hop profile but itís decent enough. Itís very cloudy orange w/ a creamy head of fine bubbles and lacing in patches. It has a strong grapefruit and woody pine nose that evolves to an almost coffee-like bitterness in the finish. Itís a bit sweet and sticky and quite resinous, which makes it come off a bit heavy for my tastes. Thereís nothing really wrong w/ this at all but it just comes off as a bit much to be really drinkable and doesnít really lend itself to slow sipping either.
mcberko (13883) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500mL can, pours a hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma and flavour brings out piney hops, crackery malt, and some bready notes. Dry, piney and somewhat bitter. Well-balanced and thirst-quenching. Very good.
Ferris (12395) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can - Grapefruit and peel with some sweetness. Clear gold with a small white head. Citrus and pithy notes. Average.