Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Beastiefan2k. Pours copper with an off white head. Smells of flowers, earthy, peppery. Tastes earthy and citrussy with a nice resiny hint and spiciness on the finish.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice chill haze - seems to be a tad unfiltered. Nicely bittered (bitter vegetables, like chard) and pine. Piney nose with wet earth. Nice color, head disappears immediately which is a little weird. Easy to drink, very natural - I can sense "small brewery" all over this. Thanks for the extra Bfan2k!
beastiefan2k (2190) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2009 Pours quaintly so with a medium sized head that fades into a moderate lacing. The color is clear copper, has just a slightly sticky lacing. Aroma is a mish mash of hops with nothing standing out. Its aggressive, lightly fruity, bitter. There is a watery caramel maltiness mixing in there as well. Its very tree leaf like and that mixes with the light, watery caramel, which is not aggressive or overbearing. Comes off as bland tea as well. Taste is similar, the bitterness is stepped up a bit, the malts fade, which is a good thing. The hops are bitter, green, leafy and somewhat clean. Heck, its an IPA, not badly made, nothing special, and well... its an IPA. I can say for sure this is the best bottled beer in Kansas at this time, which isn’t really saying much. I guess FlssmrBrewAlum says it best "not an IPA that stands out among many, but a brew I’d buy if it was a regular in my area" and it happens to be that.
12oz bottle BB 4/30/09 (I would guess these are 6 month BBs), 20th Anniversary Free State German-inspired pint glass. 7/3/7/3/15
Drinking the second batch of this beer. I like the little tinkering, they took away some of the lightly abrasive bitterness and replaced some of that watery caramel with more of a medley, light sweet hoppiness. Leaves a nice long light sweet and floral aftertaste. I like it a bit more now. 7/3/8/3/16
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of mreusch. Thanks Matt! Ticking Kansas off the list. Pours a nice solid amber with a hint of darkness, hazed, with medium offwhite head that laces a bit. Head dies to a small amount. Aromas are nice citrusy hop bouquet, dominant lemon with grapefruit compliment, florals, a touch of tropical, and balancing sweet carmel malts. Initial has a decent bitterness, with touches of grapefruit and lemon zest, good carmelized malt balancing. Finish leaves nice bitterness. Smooth and quaffable. Not powerful, not an IPA that stands out among many, but a brew I’d buy if it was a regular in my area. Nice.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a nice foamy off-white cap; good lacing and retention. Aroma is citrus, island fruit, a some dough and caramel. Flavor is a bit mild, but some citrus hops, caramel and bread. Not much hops bite going on here, but very approachable and easy drinking.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle courtesy of siebenmorgan. Pours a clear amber color with thin white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of honey, citrus, grapefruit, pine, bread. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of honey, grapefruit, pine, malt. Generally light to medium body with a pleasing hoppy finish.
Indra (2527) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle. Fruity, citric and gently sweet aroma, grapefruit, orange, flowers and mild pine blending with lightly toasted malts. Dark golden color, mostly clear, with a lasting, fine head. Flavor is full of hop character, with grapefruit, pineapple, moderately high degree of bitterness, and a faintly toasty, sweet, almost grainy malt background, finishing dry and crisp. Resinous and effervescent on the palate, body is medium. Nicely balanced, fresh and highly drinkable, certainly the best of this brewer I’ve experienced to date.
joet (1990) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
copper orange, fine white head. very bitter, piney hop aromas, some biscuit malt flavors, some fresh grain - grape nuts - qualities. fairly simple, clean and well done.
topherh (1899) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours copper Aroma is bready malt and hops. Flavor is well balanced, but ruled by hoppiness with a bitter finish
unclemike (2065) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a ice tea like color, head stays a quite a bit of time. Smells of citrus fruit cant put finger on what one. Taste does not last long in mouth a little bitter. Overall another good product from the little apple.