incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, amazing aromoa on this one. Lots of fruit, orange, grapefruit and pine. Wonderfully bitter and biting. A great IPA from TH, right on pace with M.M and the Simcoe Pale ale.
illidurit (2245) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour: Growler to pint glass. Nice light amber color with a huge fluffy off-white head that leaves some thick lacing. Really dense resinous foam displays great retention.
Nose: Sweet citrus, extreme tangerine and oranges and maybe even some lime. Very bright with no trace of malt.
Mouth: Tastes like hop juice to be honest. Pineapple, a light spritz of sweet orange, and a wonderful back-end orange-peel bitterness that lingers nicely. This is just the kind of pale ale I like. It’s not too malty, rather it derives both its sweetness and its bitterness from hops. Occasional soapiness but nothing too bad. Medium bodied and refreshing, with moderate carbonation and huge drinkability. One of the best APAs I’ve had.
ElGaucho (2320) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Winter 2010 growler. Nice, sweet hop aroma. Dark gold body with little visible carbonation. White head. Discernible hop profile. Not quite balanced enough; should be sweeter. A little thin and weaker than you’d expect for a winter apa. Otherwise solid. Brought it to a holiday party and one guy really liked it and the other, whose go to beer is much golden, didn’t really care for it.
arminjewell (8754) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy orange with nice fluffy white head that laced all the way down. Aroma is very hoppy with a bit of caramel sweetness. Taste is citrus with slight apple notes and gets a bit a sweet and finishes bitter. A nice strong and hoppy APA.
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy orange with a frothy white head and a lot of lacing. Aroma is strong citrus and piney hops. Flavor is pine, citrus, sweet caramel, nad some apple with a very nitter hop finish. A very good, very hoppy APA.
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear light copper pour with some nice honey tones. Head diminishes quickly. Aroma is all about the pine...smells like a fresh cut X-mas tree in the best possible way. Flavor starts nice, with pine hops, leading into some malt and light vanilla notes. Not a ton on the finish, perhaps just a touch of resiny hops...overall though, the finish is slightly watery, and this hurts the beer. A decent beer, but could have used some toffee malt notes to cap it off and add some mouthfeel.
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Poured into a pint glass a clear amber orange color with a slight off white head. Nice aroma of bitter citrus rind. The taste is quite nice with an abundance of citrus notes with a slight malty backbone. The mouthfeel is medium/light with more carbonation than I thought it would have. Some lace left on the glass. Overall, decent but really no different than most other pretty well done apa’s.
ketchepillar (1181) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super fruity and perfumy. Hops are rather unique and pretty tasty. I would have guessed Amarillo.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at brewpub. Pours a semi-cloudy, cheddar yellow. Aroma is new-cardboard-infused grapefruit. Flavor is new cardboard, grapefruit, and bitter orange. Average mouthfeel. Bizarre foretaste but it evens out in the end.
brokensail (13757) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: This one pours amber in color with a thin layer of off-white foam.
S: Smells kind of funky at first, almost like feet. That gives way to a pretty malt forward aroma of toffee and bread. There is a nice floral hop character to this beer as well as some grass.
T: The flavor is also quite malt forward. Lots of toffee and bread, maybe a bit of toast. The hop profile on the flavor is surprisingly different to what I picked up on the nose. Definitely a bit of grass but also some grapefruit and other fruit notes with a moderate bitterness.
M: This one is medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: The nose was just a little too off-putting for me. The flavor was pretty decent, however.