rajendra82 (949) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2013 Deep cooper color, bordering on light brown, and the head was a bit small, being one to two fingers thick. The smell was an aromatic mix of earthy and citric smells with whiff of resinousness. The smell reminded most of ripening mangoes on beds of straw, and transported me back to summers in Mumbai. The taste was very disappointing after that inviting burst of smells. For some reason, there was too little hop flavor, bitter or otherwise, left in the taste. There was a touch of citrus, and a hint of pine,but otherwise the taste was very dull compared to the smell. There was some toasted rye flavors coming through, but I was hoping for a Mosaic hop showcase here, and I didn’t get one. The mouthfeel was soft, and medium thick, and the finish was smooth, and clean. I was hoping for more.
I tried another bomber again, and this one seems better than what I remember the beer to be. There is a lot more tropical fruit in the flavor, and the hops don’t appear quite as subdued as before. There is also an excellent spicy note characteristic of rye. I am going to up the scores accordingly.
snoworsummer (2034) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle shared by jheath99! Pours hazy copper with a fizzy bubbly off white head. Tastes like mild hops, bitter roasted grains, nutty, caramel. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like nutty, dry grains, sweet dough, roasted.
sonnycheeba (3453) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by jheath99. Pours clear reddish amber with creamy beige head. Aroma is bready and cookie malts, fig, dates, raisins, spicy and floral hops, and faint toast. Flavor is medium hop bitterness, dry malt base, faint toast, and faint dark fruit esters; dry finish with some lingering bitterness. Medium body and carbonation.
tastybeer (1703) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours copper, tan head, some retention/lace. Aroma of spicy rye, citrus, pine, earth, caramel. Taste is moderately bitter, spicy rye, earthy, some sweetness. Palate is average carbonation, slick, light bitter finish. I’m guessing an older bottle.
jdb288 (510) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Part of an IPA tasting, full pour (snuck into the panel as we needed to round out the tasting board). Red/brown with tan head, head does not linger. Some brown sugar, wet hay, yeasty/doughy aromas here. Taste has plenty of sweetness but not that rye kick I was looking for to balance. Light/medium body with caramel, burned sugar, grassy traits.
daknole (9044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish/amber pour. Off white head. Malty up front, followed by some light spice and some fruity hops. A nice brew.
Brigadier (2915) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle
A nice release from a known brewery this was another generous find from a Florida trader. Proving that there is more to Georgia than just heat and humidity, it is one of those beers that I wish I could get locally. Maybe someday they will expand northwards into the Ohio market.
Aroma / Appearance - A deep maple base grows as the thick white head settles over time. Malt and caramel tease the senses with a chewy texture like a heady wine and chocolate coated red vines. Hanging in the air like a morning fog it sets itself apart from the start.
Flavor / Palate - Warm malts, iced tea, and loaves of rye bread fresh from the oven fill the mouth with flavor. Soothing hops carry effortlessly to the polished finish. It does get a bit heavy by the end but is never unmanageable. This is highly recommended for anybody in the right market who likes hop driven beers.
smaynard6000 (623) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours a dark reddish amber with small creamy beige head. Aroma is mostly malty with caramel notes and a touch of chocolate. Flavor is nuanced- caramel malt notes combine with a touch of spiciness an a bit of hoppiness in the finish. This is a malt-forward beer that tends more towards sweet than bitter than you might expect with a beer that has "India Pale Ale" at the bottom of the label. Tasty, but more of a Red Ale than anything resembling IPA.
Goodgrief (1782) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark honey brown color, smallish head. Sweet caramel aroma. Lots of biscuity malts with a hint of butter. Tons of rye graininess. A bit too sweet, almost like it wasn’t fresh, but "best buy" date is stamped for 5 weeks from now. Pine and resinous hops in abundance. It was enjoyable, but I would have liked more bitterness and less caramel/butter.
Frank (2817) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had pretty high hopes for this one because I have been a fan of all mosaic beers in the past. It pours a slightly cloudy amber brown w/ a thin head of mixed bubbles. Nose is a bit piny w/ a touch of caramel malt, surprisingly mild for an IPA. Taste is similarly a bit tame. A bit more earthiness comes out on the back end and it does have a fairly decent hop flavor but there is nothing about this that strikes me as particularly vibrant or spectacular tasting. There is also relatively nice malt presence w/ a bit of sweetness and toffee-like flavors. It is a bit thin across the palate w/ mild carbonation that doesn’t really help matters. It finishes w/ a bit of alcohol burn which I almost never notice in a beer under seven percent alcohol. I’d say this was definitely a bit of a disappointment but not a terrible beer at all.
gripweed57 (632) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Hazy deep reddish orange color. Nice creamy beige head clings to glass for duration. Fresh citrus hop nose with notes of earthy caramel malt. Toasted malt flavor has subtle hints of rye and brown butter. Complex and spicy with an earthy dry finish. Nicely done.