IndianaRed (3742) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big citrus hoppy nose. Rathr dark, medium redish brown. Thick and swet for the style and lots of bitter and citrus flavor. Long lingering bitter aftertaste. A bit high on th FG but a nice flavorfull strong IPA.
Didn’t taste much British to me.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber courtesy of StFun. Pours a hazy amber with one finger beige head and nice lacing. Nose is sweet malts and light citrus hops. Taste is caramel upfront, then ripe citrus before a bitter resin finishes it out but it’s not long lasting. I didn’t notice any oak tones. Medium mouth feel. Good beer. Thanks Josh!
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2008 Bottle. Very flavorful and different. Citrus taste a lot deeper and darker then most IPAs. Almost a sour tangelo taste with a slight amount of pepper. FFF rarely disappoints, tasty!
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I thought this was really good. About as strong and hoppy as it can be, teetering on the edge of going overboard and getting thick, syrupy, and floral. Very citrusy up front and it stays there throughout. Too bad this is so expensive, i would drink it all the time otherwise
BrewCzar (108) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours orange with a medium tan head. Aroma is of sweet melon and floral hops. Taste is sweet and acidic with a fairly strong melon/pineapple presence. Finishes with a good amount of hops and bitterness.
TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - SEP 11, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rufous-orange with a golden sheen. Thick, pasty, and persistent white foam. Soft hop aromas evoke thoughts of peach marmalade, cotton, grass, and overripe apricot. Background note of lemon cake, vanillin and glazed wafery malts. Prominent scent of aspirin and doughy yeast. Opens with a well-rounded explosion of earthy hops coupled with an stewed peach and apricot-juice pungency. Delayed grassy bitterness surges forth to counterbalance the wafery, honey-tinged malt sweetness. While the hops are pungent, they stop just short of becoming astringently resinous. The core’s flabbiness is compounded by a twinge of sourness reminiscent of spoiled orange juice. Borderline-puckering acidity is short lived, however, thanks to the cleanness and softness of the malt. Firm yet well-composed oak snugly sinks its grip into the palate while, in turn, tempering the slickly fruity esters and oily hop aspects. A peach-cobbler effect is created as the gentle vanillin-oak fuses with the sugary malt and fruity esters. Lingering oak accompanies a breath of minty dryness and a trail of oily hops and honeyish malt. I love the recreation of traditional IPA, and have always pushed for breweries to make these. That said, this suffers from the overabundance of hop-derived acidity and sourness which happens to deaden much of the bright nuance, and a rampant doughy yeast character. Malts are clean, though, and the oak is relaxed. Average.
jrob21 (3403) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 10, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear yellow orange color. Astringent rye malt flavor and slight cherry flavor as well. Grassy piney hop aroma. Something in the flavor reminds me of glue. Resin flavor as well is a little off putting.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a bright translucent orange amber with a healthy 2-finger head and a steady stream of bubbles coming to the top. The retention is good and leaves solid lacing. The aroma is a balance of citrus hops up front and a strong caramel malt base. There is also a heavy dose of earthy hops throughout as well. The taste mirrors the aroma with a grapefruit and grassy hop kick giving way to the caramel malt base. There is a bit of spiciness in the finish as well as some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and leaves the mouth sticky with the earthy hop juice. The drinkability is fantastic on this one and I don’t notice the alcohol at all. The best example of an English IPA I’ve tasted to date.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy amber with a medium beige head. Aroma is medium sweet with melon, light biscuit, some floral and earthy. Flavor is floral, earthy, melon and biscuity. Light-medium body, silky texture. Medium bitter finish.
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma was hops, orange, caramel, and pine. Poured amber in color with creamy white head. taste was a little but bitter but sweet at the same time. A nice IPA.