phaleslu (5875) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from michael-pollack- thanks again, Pollack! Pours a cloudy orange color with a small off-white head that leaves a creamy ring. Aroma of citrusy, floral hops, tangerine, pineapple, and sweet malts. Flavor is the same, with a melony note throughout along with pale malts and straw. Dry finish. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a fruity, malty, and bitter mouthfeel. Nice IPA.
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyable IPA, thanks to Michael-Pollack. Pours medium golden, with a lasting foamy head. Smooth mouthfeel, this was very drinkable and with a well balanced bitterness enoyable though high abv
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this side by side with 38 and 40. I missed 39 apparently. I believe this was about 3-4 month old when I had it. Which would be pushing "fresh" in my book for an IPA. Pours a hazy golden orange with a medium creamy off white head. Aroma of munich and caramel malt sweetness, almost barleywine like in the nose. Some sweet citrusy notes but overall aroma of very malty/sweet. Flavor of fruity and citrusy hops...but followed quickly by the sweet caramel and munich malts. It’s decent, but malty/sweetness is pushing it too much for my taste.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, sampled sequentially with 38, 39 & 40. Small white head atop lightly hazed amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, straw, grapefruit, some apricot. Taste is moderately sweet, grape, grapefruit/orange. Medium body, some resin.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Churchkey, side-by-side 37-38-39-40. Cloudy golden color. Aroma of pleasant feet and Christmas wreath. Taste of citrus, light pine. Scant bitterness. Tasty.
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Pours a hazy, light amber with a thin white head. Nose is of faint citrus. Musty. Has a funny taste, like cleaning solution. Some mild bitterness.
brokensail (9944) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A: The pour is a slightly cloudy, but generally clear, straw yellow color with a white head.
S: Starts off with a decent citrus aroma before taking a nose dive. Lots of abrasive smells to this one like rubbing alcohol and cleaning solution. I get a little bit of candied lemon, but it doesn’t really help.
T: The flavor isn’t any better. Again, very harsh with lots of alcohol and solvent character. There’s a weird candy sweetness in the middle of tall of this, and a moderate bitterness.
M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.
D: Unfortunately, this Scratch beer was not really up to what I expect from Troegs. Not a fan of this beer at all.
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a central PA courier who I killed a la Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern once he gave me the beer so he wouldn’t reveal to the assholes in the PLCB that he gave it to me.. Pours turbid deep canary orangy, although more on the "first piss after a Centrum" end of the yellow/orange scale than the pumpkin puree end. Nose is resiny and fruity, with notes of malt, spicy peppery, and citric zest. Tastes rich, [retty hefty on the palate, with a big fruity hoppy blast up front, giving way to some dry floral notes as it hits the posterior of the palate. Smooth, the citrus fruitiness remains throughout, as does the substantial hop and malt bills.
oOJUXEOo (212) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a a vibrant gold color. Carbonation is light. Fruity nhop aroma and taste. Citrusy. This is a nice one off IPA. I love the Warrior hop.
cblack85 (36) - Fort Mill, South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got this one in a trade recently.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Smuttynose Big Beer Balloon Glass.
The beer pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a small white head that slowly recedes leaving behind lots of sticky lacing.
The nose is full of citrus and tropical fruits. I get lots of orange, grapefruit, and pineapple; and to a lesser degree lemon, mango, and floral hops. The bready and sweet malts are also quite noticable. The aroma is quite nice with the exception of a slight off aroma that I can’t quite put my finger on; almost like a rubbing alcohol (or as some have said, a cleaning product), but this is just a faint hint that is barely noticable.
The flavor is that of citrusy and fruity hops. As in the nose, I get lots of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, some mango, some pineapple, and some very faint floral hop notes. The malt character is bready and sweet, and just big enough to help balance out this beer without overpowering the hops. Surprisingly, even with all of the sweet malts and fruity hop flavors, there is a bitterness in the finish. Not overly bitter, but definately more than I expected given the smell and sweetness at the beginning of the beer. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Fairly easy to drink, and the 7.7% ABV is well masked.
Not your typical flavor profile for an American IPA, but pleasant none the less.