mkgrenwel (499) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Significantly muddy brownish amber pour. Head was sparse until I poured more aggressively to stir some up. Leaves since címon though. Aroma is not like anything I can remember. Itís mostly butterscotch, banana and toffee. Flavor is dominated by butterscotch. Some other fruity, malty tones ias well. Strawberry, orange, fruity candies. Hoppy finish, lacking enough bitterness to balance. Some pine. Tastes a bit flat and thick. Seems like it could be decent it itmwerenít ruined by the butterscotch. Itís not what I typically associate with diacetyl, but I donít know what else would cause that.
RamonaRampage (6) - - SEP 12, 2013 does not count
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A rich caramel aroma with a touch of sweet banana, color is amber orange with a white head, slightly sweet taste and some medium bitters, medium body and a very light bitter finish. Good but not great, the alchohol content on my label says 9% not 10.
blklab2007 (1777) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 9, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bottle born on date 022813. Another Total Wine old beer but the date on the total wine bar code sticker is 8/28/2013. What a trick I thought this one was like two weeks old because I did not see there was two dates on the bottle. Shame on total wine for buying six month old iipaís and clearly knowing it because they covered the original bar code with there in house sticker so it would scan at the reduced sale price. I saw it filling an end cap with other Cambridge beers and figured it was a fresh new arrival because it was not there last week. Pour has a deep red brown color and a nice covering of tan head that held up well. Aroma unfortunately shows the age, caramel, oxidation, and aged hops. Mouth feel is a medium and the carbonation is average. Flavor gets some bitterness, camel malts, aged hops, and bits of sweetness. Aged barley wine style I guess. I donít usually rate an iipa of this age but clearly the distributer and the store are in on this one and judging from other ratings the beer was not so great to begin with. I think this started at the top not so great and everyone down the chain stuck me paying the bill on this trick.
thornecb (3975) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 2, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours deep gold into a Sam glass. White head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Sour butterscotch and roasted rancid vegetable aromas. Soft with cloying overripe banana and decaying zucchini. Uh, sorry, but this is really bad...
ben4321 (3353) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Oak Tree (CT), 8/2/13
Aroma: The aroma is sweet for the style, with caramel/fruit, some booze, and some pine/fruit hop
Appearance: It pours a dark orange color with a huge (2 + fingers) foam of frothy beige head
Flavor: The taste is plus sweet, and mid-plus bitter, but the sweetness just makes it feel off-style
Palate: The body is medium-full, it is sticky, with lively carbonation, finishes dry and a touch hot
This one wasnít a favorite for me. The hop presence is really just not that exciting, and thereís too much sweetness. Itís a fine beer, but it its toward the bottom of the style for me.
phiconners (143) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours deeper amber than a lot of IPAís. Not a great aroma. Little sweeter taste, bitterness is there but not crazy about the overall flavor.
Reynolds314 (1879) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice heady floral DIPA with some light citrus. Moderate caramel sweetness and a slight astringency but overall enjoyable.
SanfordBrewer (1369) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2013
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
translucent dark orange with a big foamy beige head. medium full body with high carbonation.
aroma: stoney sour ßmetallic minerality, citrusy piney hops.
taste: really sour and bitter like grapefruit seeds up front, with a harsh woody finish.
honestly, iíve never had a good organic beer, though iím not sure if thatís the ingredientsí fault or the brewersí. too hard water for this much hops. nothing specifically disgusting or infected going on, just all around harsh and unpleasant.
mikem409 (1445) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours red with perfect khaki head. Fresh floral rose pedal aroma. Taste is dry and lots of flower grass hops
Damico (2211) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a bit hazy amber with a small off white head. Aroma is a bit perfumey blending malts and hops together, a tad too sweet. Flavor brings quite a bit of hop, nicely done for an organic brew. There is a drier bitter ending as well, body carbonated just well.