Darkmagus82 (1937) - - JUN 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-20-12 -
Served in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a deep golden color with a tiny white head. The head faded fast to give a light amount of lacing.
Smell – Nice and hoppy with aromas of citrus and some herbal notes are heavy and most pertinent. There is a nice sweet biscuit aroma present as well mixing with the aforementioned hop aromas. There are some lighter hop aromas of more earthy characteristics.
Taste – The taste starts out a little on the more malty side. The biscuit in the nose is mixed with a nice sweet caramel flavor. These are not the only flavors present however as some of the citrus hop starts out the taste. It is of sweeter citrus and a light herbal flavor at first. These hop flavors intensity as the taste advances however and more hop flavors begin to come into play. More bitter grapefruit citrus works its way in with a light shot of earthy hop coming into play. At the very end the grapefruit is quite strong and with a biscuity malt largely dominates the flavor and leave a rather bitter taste in the tongue.
Mouthfeel – Above average in thickness with a slightly average level of carbonation. The higher carbonation gives it just the right amount of “exciting” bubbles on the tongue but don’t take away from the nice flavor transitions that occur with all those hop flavors.
Overall – With is big transitions form sweet to bitter this was a very nice and diverse IPA. While the transition is large it is still very easy to drink. This is one to try!!
Damico (2787) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clearer golden orange sunset in color with a decent white head. The subtle but pleasant aroma brings some grass and pine and sweet notes for sure. The flavor is one of the smoother, better summit hops beers I have had considering this was such an experimental brew! The flavors of hops, bitter, sweet, and piney, all blend well and smooth on the tongue. Deliciously unexpected!
UDBeernut (1990) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery’s tasting room pours a lovely burnt orange shade, translucent, capped by white head and sticky lacing. Nose is pure pine. Caramel holds to pine and citrus together and has a nice full body. Yes!
orangesol (952) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on-tap at the brewery.
A - Pours clear golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head, dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving light lace down the top of the glass.
S - Smells of light citric hops, caramel, toffee, pine needles and some dulled spicy yeast. The grains start to take over as it sits in the glass.
T - Starts off with quite a bit of sweet grain, plenty of caramel and toffee right away. Once the initial sweetness passes the citric hops really kick in but it is such a short time that it is almost a tease. Plenty of hop bitterness in the finish, combining with the grains to linger on the pallet long after consumption.
M - Grainy feel initially with growing hop bitterness the rest of the way. Smooth body with moderate carbonation round things out.
O - Another interesting IPA from the scratch series. I am not the biggest fan of summit hops but they are nice to try every now and then. I won’t be rushing back for more but I would never turn another down.