jeremytoni (2889) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Light malty hoppy flavor with a quick finish.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour is a very dark brown with a full, creamy, tan head which settles to a creamy froth and leaves drippy, soapy lace. The nose is certainly interesting with definite Nelson Sauvin notes of juicy lychee and kiwi, lots of fresh grass, some dirty leaf notes, melons, light resins, and pink grapefruit. The flavor is similar but less juicy; more dirty leafy notes, still grassy, some resins, pink grapefruit, melon, and faint caramel. The palate is medium, soft to lively, drying, and oily. The finish is drying, resinous, still leafy, and melon rind. This one seemed like an amazing beer when I saw it had Nelson Sauvin from a hoppy Stone beer, but there were just too much of dirty leafy notes I usually find in English ales. I am not very familiar with the Delta hops, and I’m not sure I am very fond of them. The hops were so completely dominant without a very intense bitterness, leaving me to wonder why the darker malt were even necessary. I have had much better from Stone.
pfhyde (54) - Davis, California, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer was disappointing. I had no idea it was bottle conditioned, otherwise I would have not poured out the sediment into my glass--but there it was: a thick yeast/malty load that mucked up the flavour of everything thereafter. There’s a lot of potential behind the idea of this beer--it reminds me of a Dopplebock--but its actual offering is a bit flat, home-brew, and disorganized. The more you drink it the better it gets (perhaps because the conditioning load settled to the bottom of the glass), but it still tastes more like a red ale than a (brown) IPA, as advertised. I could see this same beer concept going expertly well if tried again with more organization. Hope is what I feel as I sip along further into my glass.
JulienHuxley (2418) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown pour with thin white head, light lacing. Aroma of molasses, quite potent, peppery hops, hops are rather timid. Flavor is sweet, molasses and roasty, bitter finish. Thick palate, med carbonation.
madmitch76 (13043) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
9th January 2013
Opaque dark brown beer, thick pale tan head. Palate is light and semi soft with mild fine carbonation. Softish malt, not sweet. A little malt cream. Decent piney hops, touch of mint. Finishes soft and semi dry and somewhat wishy washy! Mild bitter linger. Okay, lack a bit of cohesiveness.
TURDFERGUSON (3874) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown with small whiteish head that fades. Green, piney nose, faint roast. Thin mouthfeel, green and astringent, hardly any malt character. Meh.
cocoapuph (10) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a root beer color with a lot or floaties throughout.. definitely smells of an ipa. A slight touch of pine and then grapefruit and orange peels. Taste comes through just a little bitter/hoppy but rounds out pretty nicely with more orange flavors than anything else. Mouth feel is chalky and yeasty. Was an OK beer but the cloudiness didn’t do it for me.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle... muddy dirty dark brown, light watery tan head, not a pretty beer... the aroma is pretty nice, mostly hoppy, pine resin, a touch of resin... the taste is a touch too resiny, too much alcohol for 7% as well, not much of a black ipa but pretty decent hoppy brown
Danyel (442) - Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown, light head. Light to medium body. very bitter. Quite the kick of hops in the beer. Pretty much just taste bitter. Good. Not worth the price though.
dinkle50 (877) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is sticky hops. Almost marijuana like. Brown liquid. Lots of noticable chunks of sediment. Appearance kind of looks like nasty water. Taste is very bitter. Lots of citrus and hop resin. I like this one. Nice collaboration. Palate is pretty thin. After taste is all hops.