SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bomber thanks to blutt59) Pours a clear, deep red with beige head. Aroma of nice pine and light caramel. Flavor is the same with a bit of woodiness and earth with a strong hoppy bitter. Mouth feel is medium body with high carbonation. Overall, not bad.
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle, no freshness date. Pours crystal clear red-orange color with a nice 2 fingers of dense khaki head with amazing retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap that lasts. Some nice lacing clings to the sides of the glass as well. Aromas of caramel, toasted malt, orange, grapefruit, light pine, and biscuit. Some nice aromas, but they are a bit weak at first. They improve as the beer warms up. Taste of big caramel, toasted malt, biscuit, pine, orange, and spiciness. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toasted malt, biscuit, citrus, and pine on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice creamy mouthfeel with smooth drinking. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish. Great balance of flavor and bitterness; with the malts being a bit more prominent. Overall this is an excellent IPA/Amber ale. Delicious flavor and great balance.
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bomber poured into a tulip. From Herchick, thanks Bob! Pours a clear dark ruby with about a finger of light tan head. Aroma is citrus dominated with a hint of pine resin and grapefruit. Taste is light bitter. Citrus and pine mostly. It seems the taste is way out of line with how good it smells. Medium bodied with a pretty slick texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, not bad. Iíve had one other beer from TBK and I liked that one a lot more. Regardless, very drinkable.
MrBunn (2508) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Mad Brewer. Body is a deep reddish amber with a little bit of head and aromas that are kind of light, but a nice mix of malt and citrus hops. Flavor is fuller and is very good. A quick hit of caramel malt fades into a citrus and peppery hops finish. Mouthfeel is silky and almost creamy. This is very pleasant.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours darker than most ipas. Big ruby red body with medium off-white head. A beautiful, fresh ruby red grapefruit pulp nose, with just a touch of sugar/sweetness. Some pine in there as well. Flavor of bitter, grassy hops...dry and biting. Actually picking out some cereal, biscuity characteristics as well. Certainly more earthy and grainy here. A great, unique ipa. standout beer from a largely unknown brewery
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from John. Pours clear amber with a half finger beige head. The nose is grapefruit and toffee. The taste is caramel malt, grapefruit rind and pine. Medium mouthfeel. Another nice IPA from these guys. Thanks again J!
Capa (2031) - Manama, BAHRAIN - OCT 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep red with a creamy tan head. Spicy hop aroma with a nice molasses malt backer. Grapefruit, light pine, too. Flavor has a powerful molasses malt presence to it that stands up really well against the strong grapefruit, pine, and spicy hops. This one is a real winner.
baraciisch (2016) - California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slight caramel and citrus hops aroma... Flavor is a nice blend of caramel malts and citrus hop bitterness... Not much on the palate.. Pretty good beer.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of MbpBugeye.
Pours like an amber ale really. Deep, clear amber with a thick cream-colored head that recedes slowly to a hefty cap with great lacing. Great looking beer.
As with the pour, this smells more like a hopped up amber than an IPA. Itís got lots of sweet caramel malts with hints of spiky rye and herbal hops supplemented with citrus juiciness and pine resin.
The taste has a quick citrus hop bitterness up front with pineapples and oranges. The backbone is caramel and toasted bread with a bitter hoppy finish featuring resinous hops.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with hops throughout the finish.
This is a nice IPA, if you can call it that, as I still contend itís more of a hoppy amber. Either way, pretty enjoyable.
Nickls (1887) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Murky dark brown orange, with an off-white head. Aroma is a big mix of caramel and citrus hops. Astringent, assertive citrus and soapy hops in the flavor. Medium body with scraping carbonation.