DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2008 Aaah yes, their beer I’d been looking forward to the most. Sweet and fruity hoppy IPA aroma that I love and an incredible taste. Tangy sweet ginger, more fruit and firm bitterness. Amazingly smooth! A gruff manly bitter beer with a super gush of fruit at the top. Dangerously good. I dream of this beer...
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an orangish brown color w/ vizable carbonation and a nice tall well laced white had. SMells good, big crisp orange and citrus hop w/ a nice light carmel malt back. Palate is sticky and well coated as well as fairly creamy. Flavor is pretty bitter, grassy front light light carmel and a good amount of grapefruit and lemon rind. A very well done IPA but a little to small and simple IMO.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Town Hall. The beer pours to a hazy bronze body with a frosting-like white head. The beer has awesome lacing. The aroma has lots of citrus hops (orange and lemon) with a caramel malt. The flavor is nice and smooth. Hoppy w/ hop oil that coats the mouth. The malts balance nicely yet let the hops scream. Light oranges. The palate has a lingering bitterness from the hop oils.
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bitterness in the right place, hop flavor and body off the mark for my tastes. it tasted like it was too heavy on the high alpha-acid bittering hop side, and not enough on the flavoring/dry-hopped side. Add more unfermentable dextrins into the mash and a bit less bittering IBU and trade that for more lower AA% IBU. This is one of my favorite styles, but I don’t think this style is the brewery’s specialty. The 1800 was much better.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2nd in the line-up at my tasting party, again shared by Hey_Kevin, from a growler. wonderful hoppy aroma of grapefruit and peaches. a nice dark amber in color with an off-white head settling down to a ring of lace. a nice balance ( for an IPA ) of caramel malt sweetness to the hops. additional flavors of grapefruit & some pine. a medium body with a dry finish. tastey stuff!
heemer77 (5242) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2005 Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest 2005. Sampled again from a growler courtesy of hey_kevin. Good enough, I tried it twice. The nose is absolutely incredible with oranges, caramel and toast. It just jumps out and screams IPA, that is not over hopped. The taste has toast and grapefruit. Incredibly rich taste. The mouthfeel is thick.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, 8/13/2005. It was good to come back to Masala Mama after a day of Bourbon barreled beers and barleywines. Masala Mama was the last beer I sampled before leaving the grounds, a good manner of parting. This is one of the more nicely balanced IPAs between the citrus (predominately grapefruit) and the pine (which reminded me of blue spruce). That being said, its not the finest IPA out there. A 98 score strikes me as very high for this good, but not exceptional, IPA.
tennisjoel (1314) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap. The aroma is floral and piney. Dominated by hops, this is truly one of the best IPA’s I’ve ever tried. Very easy going down. Nice job, Town Hall!
jsquire (4076) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to secret santa for getting me this great growler. I pours a golden copper color with a huge rocky off white head that left tracks of lace on the glass. This beer does not seem to be affected by the shipping at all. I could smell the nose at once when I opened the growler. Very fresh floral hops with pineapple and tangerine. Lots of sticky resin when you drink it. Tangerine, peach, pineapple, caramel all on buttered toast. The finish is more grapefruit rind, and it just fads slowly off your palate. This is an excellent IPA with all the right flavors in all the right places.
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JUN 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A sample from my roommate, from a growler. Burnt orange body with a voluminous, fluffy head. Huge bitter orange, lots of pine resin, grassy flowers. Toasty malt. Sharp hop presence. Long-lasting hop bitterness. A great mouthfeel due to the creamy, full body. Simply a lovely beer!