dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle from daknole). Pours a clear dark golden color with white head. Aroma is wet grass, tropical fruits. Taste is sweet malts with a weird hard candy. Ok.
daknole (10220) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange pour. White head. Dank, rotting mulch, bong water, mandarin. Flavor is bitter, caramel, dank hop notes.
Brigadier (3225) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle
Finally getting around to rating this after having it several times I can only appreciate how well crafted it is even more. Whether on tap or freshly bottled the experience is an affordable accessible IPA. Now that it seems to be in regular rotation it should be relatively easy to trade for if you can find someone in the Cleveland area. If not plan a trip sometime - it is a good place to visit for craft beer during a vacation.
Aroma / Appearance - Carbonation, white crisp head, and a bubbly amber body sparkle in the glass. The light spindly legs crawl down the sides. Wet leaves in early fall couple with a squeeze of lemons and fresh Christmas trees just before harvest. Striking a good balance it is easy to admire this without even taking a sip.
Flavor / Palate - The warm bubbly mouthfeel chips away at the boredom. By the second sip this beer has your full attention. Bitter hops nibble at the back of the throat. With a mixture of lemonade and Pine Sol the finish is citrusy and smooth. It’s not quite as much of a budget beer as it once was yet this is still a great six pack to pick up / trade for if you want to know what Ohio breweries are capable of these days.
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A gift from Nate (ney7039). This pours a deep gold. Perfectly clear. Nice head soft carbonation. Aroma is not as mind blowing as some IPAs that features citra hops nor is the taste. Yet it is still pretty freaking good. Nicely balanced. Smooth and bitter finish. Nice body. Solid for sure.
AmEricanbrew (6320) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber color/ off white head. Nice fruity, grassy, spicy, cat spray hoppy aromas. Medium bodied. Tropical fruit, citrusy hop flavors and a big malty base makes for a very tasty IPA--
boFNjackson (4189) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured pale, golden with a white head. I feel like the obtained the hop bitterness and a decent malt profile here, but not a strong hop citrus, piney, and pepper spice that you’d hope for in a west coast IPA. It contained those characters but not enough to overcome the bitterness. Some earthy hops, and residual bitterness.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like this beer. Is it that distinguishable from so many IPAs? Not so much. But it does have a great citrus explosion in the flavor and a very strong citrus hop aroma. Crisp, amybe not so clean, I mean who can tell? But not oversweet in malt dept like soooo many IPAs, so it it a quite bitter beer overall and quite drinkable. Unidimensional in the aroma and flavor - but if you like what it gives, it works. Bracingly fresh, great conditioning and lacing and vibrancy.
AverageMan (40) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.
Ar- Bright citrus, citrus zest, floral notes and pine rise from the glass atop a layer of caramel malt.
Ap- The body of the beer is a bright clear golden coloration. The head is 2 fingers high white coloration.
T- The beer is hop forward. Nice grapefruit, citrus zest / pith flavors. Thin caramel malt layer helps to balance this beer out. Nicely done.
P- The body of the beer is almost medium. Active carbonation helps this beers general character. The hops are a bit resinous and hang around for a long time.
O- The beer is enjoyable. Serra Nevada pale ale or Torpedo was my go to easy to quaff hop fix. If this is a year round offering I will definately have it as my routine hop fix.
DalzAle (2009) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to StFun! Clear dark yellow pour, medium carbonation and a nice fresh/sweet orange hop aroma. Flavor is light creamy orange hops, light malty backbone and finished with a little more hop bite. Very enjoyable, will definitely buy some of this if I ever come across it!
nickd717 (3624) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle via trade. Clear deep copper color with a one-finger whitish head. Big hoppy aroma or citrus and pine with some caramel and sticky resins. The flavor has a nice malt base of caramel and toffee along with a huge bitter intense pine and grapefruit blast. Some resinous notes and other citrus. Sticky yet somewhat dry mouthfeel with fairly lively carbonation. An impressive IPA.