firstsip (727) - Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bubbly amber. Spotty lacing. Cereal grain nose. Yeasty body, almost raisin like notes. Bitter without being a palate wrecker.
arnold931 (1254) - Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at The Keg Stand. Pours murky brown with some off white head. Not very attractive. Lots of grain and little hops in the nose. Some bitterness in the taste but tastes a lot like a barleywine.
suprchunk (2945) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber color. Big off white head. Plenty of lacing. Nice malt aroma with notes if bread and slight hops. Nice malty flavor with a bitter punch in the back.
Bulk_Carrier (3546) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reviewed from notes. Rcvd in trade.
She pours a nice cloudy burnt orange color and leaves the same colored body with a nice one finger white foamy head that leaves super nice spotty spider web lacing. The way the head dies is enthralling as it lingers a bit, turns lumpy, picks up the pace and then slows down, not sure how else to describe this, but what a show! The body is clear yet there is no carbonation seen rising. The smell has a magical earthy, bitter hoppy and malty, aroma that wants to pierce my olfactory senses but maintains a super nice balance between all. Its practically almost perfect.
The taste brings back the earthy, hoppy, maltiness and gives a good citrus back-up that I really like.
On the palate, she sits about a medium, with a superb creaminess, nothing harsh on the tongue. Though the ABV is fairly high, this is a fairly drinkable IPA.
Overall, for a long time I didn’t like IPA’s and then I learned to distinguish between English and American and thought I liked the English more, this one really changed my mind.
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Lot 2521, vintage 2011
Pours a dark reddish brown with a solid finger of soapy, peanut foam leaving behind pretty cobwebs. Smell is piny, earthy, tea like and has a solid malty backbone; some notes of toffee.
Flavor is quite malty, with a Smacks cereal flavor. The malts definitely own this one, the hops come through as a cameo but are subdued to simple earthy, sweet notes, nothing particularly notable. Medium bodied with moderate carb.
This is a lesser fresh hop IPA. If they marketed the beer as a fresh hop ale, versus IPA, then maybe a little more like my tastes. As it is, it’s a decent enough brew, but know it is not your typical IPA at all. That being said, I don’t know the freshness of this either.
Serving type: bottle
badwhale (419) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours a clear amber color. Nice nose of some citrus and floral notes. A bit more malty than I’d like for an IPA. Still, good flavors of floral hop flavors. Heavy malt backbone.
naivepegasus (361) - USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy orange with a hint of ruby with a half a finger of slightly off white, slowly dissipating but not overly foamy head. Not much aroma, just a really faint hop smell. Despite the odor, surprisingly strong taste. Starting off with caramel taste, it then sort ends with a slight hop bitterness. This is actually a very well balanced beer, and the hops aren’t overwhelming but the flavor is quite good.
DialSquare (4203) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Andersons in Sylvania. Deep amber pour with a good sized off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, biscuits and citrus. Tastes are bready, floral, grass, sweet malts, little earthy, light spices. Little oily, moderately bitter, easy drinking.
sawbuck (610) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Average aroma of hops....mostly floral....hint of alcohol. Amber in color....darker than anticipated...tan head. First taste is a mixture of very sweet malt and hop bitterness. Malt is stronger than bitterness until the finish. Finish is a bit too long and overpowering.
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Willamette. Pour is golden to amber with thin white head. Aroma is floral hop with some grain. Taste is floral and grapefruit hops, roasted grain character.