cheap (4571) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2011
1.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
From a 12 oz bottle. Has a down to earth thick hop aroma that hangs like fog on a coolmorning. Cloudy with a slight haze almost like a hefe or witbeir in appearance. . Creamy head. Big strong nasty rude over the top flavor of pine tar and spuce oil makes me shake. Wewwwwww. They can leave this stuff over aqt the west coast IMHO. Soap in mouth nellie smashes my palate from top to bottom and down the gully. Terribly on style, probably should be a double ipa, resinous flow of nagging knashing stuff going on here pal. Interesting in that it does not trigger a gag reflex but cruelly persudes my brain to keep trying this viscous brew. Scary at times. I have no idea why this is not a 100 on this site. Lager lover? Forgettaboittit.
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Poured hazy medium orange with a short, dense white head. The aroma picked up juicy orange, pine, and fruity hoppage over sweet caramel and bready malts.. very fragrant and enjoyable. The flavor also showed a significant, lovely hop impression.. orange zest, resiny pine, and grapefruit leading.. some black pepper and rye sprinkled in there too.. soft bread and orange meat at the core.. finished dry, spicy, and bitter.. loved it! Medium-bodied, spicy, and very bitter on the palate.. near-perfect balance.. this was fantastic.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, thanks to Brigadier: Pours a clear deep bronze orange with a spotty-lacing white head. Has a fresh grapefruity hoppy nose with some lightly toasted caramel sweetness. Body starts with pretty good fullness and sweet light caramel maltiness with lots of resiny pine and citrusy hops before a crisp, bittersweet finish. True to style and dangerously drinkable.
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 (10280) - 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 (3250) - 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 (6331) - 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 (4191) - 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.