michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2008
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of yeast, vinyl, and chemicals. Very plasticy. Poured golden/amber/honey in color with a tiny, fizzy, white head that disappeared almost immediately. Cloudy. Some medium and large-sized particles. Not sparkling. Slightly sweet. Almost no flavor at all. Tastes of water, lager yeast, and a bit of caramel. Terrible. Light to medium body. Thin, watery texture. Average carbonation. Lightly dry, slightly sweet yeast finish. More of a flavored water than a beer.
daknole (9401) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Eh, not great. Light amber pour, small head. Where the hell are the hops? I dont get these IPA’s that just have no hop bite...dammit.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle. Pours hazy golden amber with a rocky off-white head. Aroma of grain and lemon, without discernible hops. Sweet malt flavor with some lemon and grain. Hops are only faintly evident. Long, grainy finish, thin watery mouthfeel. It’s a decent enough beer, but certainly not an IPA.
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2008
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2008 Wow, where are the hops? They sure didn’t put many in mine! Copper-orange color. Rather small head and a little bit of lacing. Slight hop aroma, but by saying slight I really mean it. The taste is sweet and fruity but again, where are the hops? Seriously, this doesn’t really have any. Thin and watery. I thought I was drinking a fruit juice. Maybe I was. There’s nothing offensive about it but this is a horrible representation of an IPA.
hopdog (9059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with 46er3498 (thanks!). Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a small sized white head. Subtle aromas of citrus and fruity. Tastes of citrus and grainy. Thinner taste and thin body. If I had this blind, i wouldn’t have guessed it was an IPA (amber ale).
blklab2007 (1999) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 24, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle poured a lighter amber in color with a thin head of white froth and steady small bubbles of carbonation. aroma has peach, apricot, some minerals, and light hops for an ipa. flavor is good but very thin and almost watered down. fruit is less noticeable than in the nose and light flowery hops blend in with some sweetness and malt. finish is going dry with some light bitterness. cant believe from the label and name this brew is as thin and ho-hum as it is.
rocbyter (1906) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 6, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Apple and malts in the aroma. Hazy orange color with a lot of dark sediment and a small white head. Mild taste throughout. A slight amount of hops in the finish.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This doesn’t really fit in as an IPA, but I did think this was a fine pale ale. Easy to drink, a good session brew.
Hippystomper (35) - Narragansett, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 31, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from the Brattleboro Co-op. I really didn’t enjoy this or the other trout river beers I tasted in a mixed six pack. They all had a slightly off taste which makes me think maybe they were old or had been stored poorly. To be fair I had them after a long night at McNiells and my palate may have been influenced by alcohol/fantastic brews. I would be interested to try them again and see if the problem is in the beer, me, or some environmental factor.
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Active body, hazy light amber color, massive, fizzy white head. Fair lacing. Aroma is of cloves and bananas. Initial taste is moderately sweet, moving to a light sweet finish. Body is light with a watery texture, soft carbonation. We’ll be swimming up river away from this one if it comes our way again.
Reviewed on February 12th, 2007.