after4ever (6504) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12-ounce. Thanks, FranksnBeans! This is a dandy one. Pours medium coppery with a thick, moussy white head that leaves huge sheets of white lace on the way down. Lovely. Big piney nose with lots of mango and grapefruit dancing in with it. Nice medium body, active carb, and hop-forward goodness to the flavor on the attack. The mid-palate boasts more of everything we’ve already seen; tingly carb, lots of pine and fruit. The malt notes are understated, really just there in support, but there’s a hint of caramel and nut to balance the flavor perceptibly as well as subliminally. Nice clean fresh natural piney finish. Awesome.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Name: Nugget Nectar
Clear golden yellow, big sweet fresh hop aroma with a bit of citrus character, good body, lots of carmel sweetness well balanced by the hops and a long bitter finish,
Name: Nugget Nectar
Score: ii to iii
big sweet grapefruit aroma, well balanced citrus hop flavor backed by lots of carmel sweetness, the definative big IPA
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 14/20
WankerWeasel (18) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color with a nice big foamy off-white head sitting on top of the brew. The foam sticks around and some settles. Thick layers of bubbly lace cover the walls of the glass and a nice layer of thick foam resides on the top of the beer. Sweet malt comes through but is quickly overpowered by a killer pungent fruity hop aroma. Lots of smooth citrus like grapefruit and lemon. Touch of pine and a hint of berry in the distance. Just a slight hint of alcohol can be picked up at the very end of the nose. Smooth rich malty body with a nice touch of sweetness to it. Hint of caramel in there. The aftertaste has a very nice sweet hoppy flavor with grapefruit and apple coming through. Little bit of hoppy bitterness and then a strange metallic flavor at the very end. Not sure what the deal with that is. Smooth and slightly sweet at the end. No sign of alcohol in the taste. Tasty stuff, not sure what the deal is with the metallic taste.
IndianaRed (2727) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a slightly hazy light orange/amber. Lots of nice pine and citrusy aroma. Light malt notes as well. Big hop flavor and plenty of bitterness. Nearly a Double I’d say. Just enough carmely malts to balance, but leaving the dominant hops to maintain top billing. Slightly papery. Not very dry, and softly carbonated. Modest lingering bitterness.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours orange red out of the bottle. Smells very nice, classic red ale fuses with a nice IPA. Taste is incredibly balanced. Nice malt backbone blended with citrusy hops, finishing with a nice hop bite. This is not a super crazy hopped beer, but it is a very enjoyable brew. Wish I had another bottle.
mnicole (15) - asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a cloudy golden color. a nice citrus hoppy aroma. sweet on front with a bitter finish. a nice crisp refreshing brew.
Boutip (5031) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Sammy: Poured a deep amber/orangey color ale with nice foamy head with some good retention and light lacing. Aroma of bitter hops is well balance with some malt. Taste is a good enough mix between some semi-sweet malt and some citrus and bitter hops. Full body with some medium carbonation. Overall, while I thought this was interesting beer, I still think it lack some hops to make this as hoppy as they claim it is.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured into a tulip. pours a golden cloudy amber. very fresh citrus/hoppy aroma. citrussy hoppiness, sweet and light on the palate with a mild bitter finish. great balance between sweet citrus and hoppy bitter, very good stuff. sweet on the front, bitter on the finish, with a great transition in the middle.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks MP! Dark golden copper with medium head. Beautiful floral citrus aroma. Good IPA with lots of hops, but balanced just enough. Bitter finish.
melvin980 (184) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as good as I heard everyone say it was. A bit of a dissapointment. Not my favorite ipa, although it does claim to be an "Imperial Amber Ale" on the label.