NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Jasonmech77. Thanks, Jason. The aroma, while hoppy, was not the nose crinkling, senses jarring experience I’d expected fromt he label depicting a hand scqueezing every last drop of hop oil from a hop cone. In fact I smell me some caramel malt in there. The body is a tea colored amber with a diminishing tan head that leaves copious lacing. Fore is, again, not as hoppy as anticipated. Definitely a hoppy brew, but there is a bracing malt balance and the hops lean toward a kind of essence oil of citrus and pine. Finishes fairly sweet and malty, but mixed with hop bitterness. Drinkable and not the hop bomb I feared.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale Amber Color with White Skin. Nice Easy Balance off Wet and Dry Hops on the Nose...with Light Citrusy Notes as Well. Sweet Malt Foundation and Citrus Notes. Well Balanced Mix of Wet and Dry Hops. Wet Hop Aftertaste with a Slightly Dry Bite. Wonderful.
BuckeyeBoy (2471) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Bottle Pours out a nice amber topped with a small head. WOW what a great HOP aroma. The aroma was Great but the tast not as hoppy as I was thinking it was going to be. Overall not to bad.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light amber with little head. It has a lovely hop aroma; mainly pomegrante and floral/earthy tones. It doesn’t taste as good, but it is still pleasant. The flavor is less sweet and more piney. It is very bitter but that fades after the smooth finish.
pinkzambia (1395) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Clear gold with a white head. It has a powerful hop aroma full of juniper shrubs and pine needles. It smells better than it tastes, but after a while you start to dig the flavor as well. A pretty good IPA. Thanks BuckeyeBoy for sharing this one!
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a slighly cloudy llight amber color with a med white head. Aroma is pine and orange/citrus rind. Flavor is also full of pine and citrus, with a slight amount of balancing malt. Good dose of bitterness. I really enjoyed this beer. Highly recommended.
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: Some pine in aroma, but basically it was dominated by a ruby-red grapefruit juice-like aroma. Much like that juice it’s a little harshly bitter at first but after the first few sips you get used to it and then it start going down easy. This is a beer I avoided for a while because I thought it would be way too bitter, but it is really well-balanced. This was a nice surprise. This is definitely something I will drink again.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium sparkling, amber with a small white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma was mostly ruby-red grapefruit as was the flavor with a short to average finish. The body was medium and dry up front with lively carbonation and a finish pretty close to ruby-red grapefruit juice without the pulp.
cantchangeit (39) - Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Tap at Capitol Ale house in Richmond, VA. Deliciousness. This little nugget is super dank. A real heady experience,
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with jasonmech77 - Pours a clear amber color with a 1/2 finger thick off white head. Lively carbonation. Very light spotty lacing. Has a wonderful floral, pine, and light citrus hop aroma. Flavor is mostly hops with some very light caramel malt presence. No unpleasant astringent after taste. A big plus in my book. An easy drinking, clean, medium body IPA. Very nice. Thanks Jason.
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from MrBendo. Slightly hazy light orange body, thin off-white head. Fresh, bright, piney, grassy hops aroma. Like opening a fresh package of hops flowers. The same fresh, leafy hoppiness carries over to the body. Bright and clean, bitter, with a light bready malt backbone. Damn, this is very nice. Three great IPAs in two days. The other two (Tyranena Bitter Woman from Hell and New England Sea Hag) characterized by complex malts and a stew of hops varieties. This one by fresh, bright hops and a simpler malt backbone. There is diversity in this style to seek out, indeed.