arjoseph (634) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap on Clark St Ale Houseís hand pull. Looks like a cask beer should with a big fluffy soapy head. Hop notes are restrained and are almost just highlights to the toasty and somewhat lactic sweetness. Peaches and cream (which is my interpretation of the oak-derived vanilla sweetness, I guess) linger with some mandarin oranges in the finish. Very clean, almost delicate. Slightly resinous in the finish too. Not for hop heads, this nicely balanced beer is enjoyably sessionable.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4442) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a dark amber color with a small foamy white head that faded and left no lacing. The aroma was a bit sweet and tangy with hints of pine and grape soda. The flavor was tangy with notes of fruity hops, pine, grape soda, a hint of bread and a touch of caramel. No oaky presence at all. Long sweet grape soda and fruity hop finish. Medium body. Odd and disappointing.
harrymel (1434) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: pours a yellow-gold ale with near excellent clarity (hint of haziness). single finger soap sud head falls to shin sheet of the same. Rare and spotty lacing.
S: Citrus, grapefruit, oak, metallic (copper). Not a particularly good smeller, but not bad either.
T: The oak on this is a bit too strong. Sweet ale with domineering citrus hopping and hints of pine and resin. The sweetness is persistent.
M: Medium to high body with medium to high carb. Not impressed. Too much carb for this beer.
O: Well done, not the finest oaked IPA Iíve had, but quite drinkable. I would likely pick up Great Divideís oaked IPA before this one side by side.
Serving type: bottle
OPIE788 (214) - Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Straw yellow with little head. Pine and malt with slight oak nose. Pine hop and subtle oak flavors a bit sweet.
MadIndian (2265) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Isaacs. Nice notes of Caramel malt, pine and citrus, Body was a bit thin, but I enjoyed the nice wood finish.
bth122 (1103) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Golden color. Full frothy head. Floral hop aroma along with caramel like matinees. Light bitterness. Honey notes, pine, with floral hops. Hard to pick out the oak aging. Itís subtle. Overall a good tasting beer. Balanced.
glennmastrange (2114) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. moderate aromas of caramel for the malt, pine and herbs for the hops, light soap for the yeast, with dried apricot and alcohol in the background. Head is average size, frothy, white with excellent lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is clear medium amber. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Palate is light to medium, slick with a moderately alcoholic finish. Maltier than most IPAs, drinkable but not a favorite.
jmagnus87 (2183) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a hazy dark orange with a half finger of white head. Aroma of dank earthy hops and grapefruit. Taste is light bitter. Earthy pine and grapefruit. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Lively carbonation and a long boozy finish. Not bad. Pretty good actually, but Iím thinking this may not be a fresh bottle.
jcwattsrugger (10889) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle trade with jmagnus 87-white-gold. A-pine/orange, lt/med malt. T-pine/orange hops with some bite, woody, lt/med malt-bready.
Aurora21 (24) - - OCT 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured into Pint glass, Best By: 11/14/13
Standard pour, very little head that dissipated quickly. Lighter, less opaque copper, almost reddish. Almost no lacing to speak of.
Not terribly aromatic, smells mostly of grapefruit, perhaps even apples.
Very easily drinkable, light-medium body. Lightly fizzy. Some grapefruit, light hop bitterness, but tastes unignorably like apple juice. Not in a bad way, just very unexpected from an IPA. More malty sweetness than one would expect as well. Sweet finish that doesnít linger.
Thereís nothing wrong with it per se, but it doesnít seem to stick to the style much. Itís an enjoyable drink, but if I were to drink this without having an idea what it was, I would think lightly alcoholic, semi-sweet, carbonated apple juice.
My first review, take with a fistful of salt.
b3shine (4154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster. Looks solid; light though. A transparent light golden range with foamy white head. Smells solid too; hoppy and oaky with a well-balanced pale malt backbone. Tastes like it smells, only less robust, with a thin mouthfeel. Solid, but not spectacular.