dogfishho (646) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
After a few months of age, this poured a nice copper color with a thin, white, large bubbled-head. The aroma is pure hops, but they have some quality that muddles them and makes the aroma smooth and pleseant. The flavor is interesting. Sure, there’s the trademark grapefruit hoppiness with some very herbal, piney notes played against a sublty sweet malty background. Along with all of this, though is a very fleeting mint note that makes the whole flavor profile much more intriguing than your dime a dozen IPA. The alcohol is not strong and the whole, very balanced taste finishes nice and clean. Overall, it’s worth the wait for it’s once-a-year release.
mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper, with a nice foamy, soapy white head. Piney, junipery herbal aroma. Hops and malt seem to hit the tastebuds at the same time, so bready notes are mixed with spruce, caramel with pine, resin and citrus. Nice beer.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, courtesy of Immy (thanks!), pours a clear light amber with an off-white head. Aroma of hops; citrus and pine, and maybe a bit off. Flavor is a mild bitter bite, but not much flavor comes along with it, a bit watery on the backside. Palate is medium, but thin. Not offensive, but just okay.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAY 14, 2007
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle,shared by Beermouth, thanx) Golden-yellow, clear and no head. At the tasting we al agreed; the aroma was the one of a cat-litterbox,mixed wih caramel. Soft mouthfeel, although the powerfull bitterhopping apears rather early and dominates into the very metallic finsh. Unbalanced brew.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Assertive hop nose, minor crystal malt. Cat piss like flavor, overly bitter hops, ugly malt background. Don’t like this at all.
Suttree (5388) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I misread my notes and thought it said "Nugent Nectar" Now, regardless of how one feels about the Motor City Madman, that is just a disturbing image. Copper, with a nice foamy, soapy white head. Piney, junipery herbal aroma. Hops and malt seem to hit the tastebuds at the same time, so bready notes are mixed with spruce, caramel with pine, resin and citrus. Nice beer. Thanks to Springslicker for this one!
Stine (1644) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden amber color. Citrus hops, canned peaches and cut grass on the nose. A vague chlorinated urinal scent on the back end. Tastes of sugared grapefruit, bitter herbs, some pine resin. Smoked wood and sourness in the finish. Aftertaste retreats too quickly. Medium body, quite smooth, maybe just slightly watery. Not the best example, but reasonable. Thanks Jason!
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from jb175: First, this beer says its an Imperial Amber on the bottle not an IPA, Cheapdarks review before mine seems to be on the basis of this being an ipa. On to the review: Pours a golden amber color with low carbonation and a nice carmel malt and fresh hop aroma. Flavor is malty but also pretty bitter for an amber but a little less than an ipa. Has a great floral fresh hop like flavor. Best amber i have had.
cheap (4430) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer was sampled on tap at the Bocktown in Robinson.
For an IPA this was a little less than I expected, son.
A color that is just a bit darker than pale yellow.
Has a slightly strong aroma quite similar to B-O!
The taste has a strong hoppy impact.
But not like the typical IPA compact.
The hops develop in the front of your mouth.
In the back of the throat the hops are without!
It lacks the back of the throat hop bitterness.
It makes this brew enjoyable none the less.
I taste and can like the character of this Indian pale ale.
It is enjoyable without the insulting hurricane gale.
The finish is so odd for an IPA beer.
There is no back of throat bitterness, how queer!
Probably the best of this style I think so far.
My feeling of IPA has been set ajar.
SpringsLicker (3221) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This clear, medium amber colored brew throws up a huge, creamy, off-white head that lasts long enough to coat the sides of the glass as the level of the beer goes down through the sampling.
The aroma is nicely mixed with nutty caramel malt and bready-cookie notes.
A bit more malty than the usual IPA, this one can pull off being a malty IPA or a hoppy Amber ale. Dangerously easy drinker that I would gladly drink more of if it were readily available here.