Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.
Pours a nice copper color with a good white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some faint pine and citrus notes along with a bit of bready malt. Nothing too special there; a disappointment compared to HopBack and Nugget Nectar. The flavor falls a bit further off with some malt and not too much in the way of hops. Light-medium feel with some slight chewiness and a faint bitterness. Decent, though not to Troegs’ normal level.
Travlr (21631) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Churchkey, courtesy of staff - thanks! Clear amber gold color, massive tan head. Aroma of flowers > pine > earth. Taste is floral pine, not overly bitter.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear red pour with a medium white head. Herbal spruce and pine in the nose lead to bready caramel malt and hints of citrus. Medium to full for the style with a resinous finish.
reggiedunlop (3667) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a coppery amber color with a medium tan head...nice lacing. Aroma is on the maltier side with some earthy and caramley notes...tea-like hop notes. Flavor has some malty and fruity notes and some earthy/spicy hop notes. Fairly blalnced for a DIPA...though I think this should just be an IPA. Mourhfeel is medium and lively with a dry, earthy/hoppy finish. Pretty tasty.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler. Poured crystal-clear medium amber with a sticky, well-retained off-white head, The aroma picked up grapefruit and dank, earthy hoppage over mostly biscuity malts.. quite a bit of clean yeast as well.. not bad. The flavor found bready sweetness and molasses at the core, with darker fruit and grapefruit bitterness around.. increasingly bitter through the resiny finish.. tasty stuff! Medium-bodied with lower carbonation on the palate.. balance and freshness were on.. I enjoyed it.
BeerandBlues2 (12187) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours clear tawny with a medium, creamy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is caramel, toast and nutty malt with light fruity esters and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant, fruity esters and light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.
radagast83 (7387) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the brewery. Had both filtered and unfiltered versions. Poured a solid amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma was malty, with a touch of floral hops. Flavor was mostly caramel malts, touch of hops. Decent.
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
First and foremost this beer is an Amber Ale, not an IPA as this listing claims. This review is for the unfiltered version, served on-tap in the Tasting Room.
A - Pours slightly hazy copper orange with a big three finger tall off white head leaving thin streaks of lace down the glass. Yup, definitely an amber ale...
S - Smells just like hopback, probably because it is...Hints of bready caramel malt and citric hops, remaining bright yet restrained. Not too bad.
T - Starts off with a big dose of chewy caramel malt slowly giving way to the bright citric hop bitterness. The sweetness ticks back up once the bitterness dies down, combining with a touch of dryness to linger on the pallet throughout the finish. It is well balanced and easy to drink, pretty good.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, bitter, feel that is very easy to drink.
O - Considering this IS Hopback, supposedly the first batch brewed in the new facility, I knew I would like it going into it but I actually found myself liking this unfiltered version a tiny bit more than the regular old Hopback. Goof stuff none the less.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler pours amber with a light tan head. Aromas are floral and malty. Taste is bitter with a floral hoppiness, caramel maltiness and a bit of grass. Body is medium, not much lacing. Overall, a nice malty IPA that is very drinkable.
jsmerig (1493) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unfiltered in a growler purchased at the new brewery in Hershey. Pours a reddish amber with thick tan head. Aroma is of spice and oranges. Taste is initially sweet and sweet in the late aftertaste. However very spicy in the middle. Very drinkable.