Leighton (11638) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Pat’s birthday tasting at chriso’s. Pours hazy gold with a fine, white head. Big pithy citrus aroma. Light to medium sweet flavor, faint toasty grass bitters, more citrus pith, some straw. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Slightly dry to finish, yet more pithy citrus, light white sugar. Nice enough IPA. Nothing outstanding about it.
Ratman197 (10089) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a hazy tarnished gold with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, lemon zest, earthiness, pine, grapefruit and light yeast. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a lightly dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, lemon zest, pine and grapefruit with a crisp dry bitter lingering grapefruit finish.
EdKing (1967) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at Pat’s birthday tasting at Chriso’s. Colour is light cloudy orange. Nose is sweet tangerine, orange. Taste is light bodied sharpness and sweetness from tangerine and orange fruit. It’s lacking a bit of body and feeling thin. There’s also a hint of menthol on the finish.
harrisoni (14020) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Chriso Patriks Bday tasting. Pale gold hazy lasting thin white. Clean pale grapefruit aroma. Really decent. Some odd fruit but some puke as well. Malts are not good. Some apricot. Dont like the puke
rob6239 (643) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. Pours clear and light golden colour with not much head. Seems like not enough carbonation. Aroma of grassy floral hops, a slight bit of pine. Taste is a bit different than the aroma - thin and slight bitterness.
BroSpud (1720) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Big hop aroma. Lemon and grassy flavors though not very complex overall. A mediocre IPA that is still quite drinkable just not that memorable.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle... a bit ugly, dark gold with deep cooper notes, murky, light watery tan head... the aroma at first is some nice dank notes but then it becomes skunky, average... this seems a bit old, skunky with light grass, watery, not much here
thornecb (4503) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours slightly hazed gold into a Sam glass. Bright white micro head with medium retention recedes leaving spot lacing. Resin and pine aromas. Soft with sweet dough upfront turning to resin before the lasting grapefruit finish.
fmccormi (21) - Syracuse, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Straight pour from a pry-off 22oz bomber into a wit tumbler, no date.
Appearance (4/5): Rocky, 2 finger, just barely off-white head with minimal lacing but some head retention; clear, pure golden body.
Smell (7/10): Moderately aromatic, the smell is totally pine and some bracing (bitter, not sweet) citrus, with some very lightly sweet malts in the background. Hops are definitely front and center in the nose, and the scent is clear but not as strong as you’d think (and personally I’d hoped for).
Taste (8/10): Follows the scent, pine is front and center followed by bitter citrus, with a mellow, light and mildly sweet malt body on the mid-palate. The aftertaste is mainly bitter citrus, which I enjoy—very much prefer pine and acidic citrus in my IPAs, as opposed to overly “fruity” hops. Aftertaste lingers, and the hop presence is almost constant, with not a lot of room for the malt body. Makes it feel more sessionable though, which I like.
Mouthfeel (3/10): Relatively thin, actually, with very little carbonation. This was kind of a surprise after getting such a nice head, but it is what it is. It’s actually more like a cask ale, which is interesting. Not bad when you look at it that way, but for a bottle I’d prefer more effervescence. Hop oils offer a light coating on the tongue, but nothing major.
Overall (16/20): This is a decent IPA, and worth trying if you like piney American IPAs that won’t weigh you down too much. I’m marking it down a bit because it wasn’t quite what I was expecting for a straight pour from the bottle, but I’d LOVE to try this fresh and on cask.
KyotoLefty (6642) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the Lovin’ Cup. Dark gold color with lace. Big citrus nose with grapefruit, light malts. Great. Rather sweet malt flavor wth lemon and sweet orange, big citrus hops, grassy. A bit too sweet, but the hops are great and it’s darn good overall.