CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a transparent bright orange amber with a thin, spotty-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with some dusty rye chracter and grapefruity hop spice. Starts fairly full and sweet with an interesting grainy component and good juicy, resiny hops. Finishes drier, crisp and bittersweet with a lingering hop bite. A pretty good Rye IPA.
TheAlum (6935) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of a 4 pack from Binnys (Orland Park, IL). Pours a very nice bright orange amber, light haze, fairly large beige head, thick, bubbly, laces fairly well and dies to a decent amount. Aromas push very nice citrus, grapefruit, caramel and rye malts, florals and a touch of pine, sweetening tropical fruit affect. Initial is decent bodied, the caramel malts stick out but the rye mellows it out on the backend, good floral and citrusy hops, light resinois pine, and the finish packs decent bitterness and some tropical fruit sweetness in the aftertaste. A touch soapy and biscuity, this is a well done IPA. A little thin in body, but fruitiness from citrus, orange, and faint tropical really make a nice soothing flavor.
JaBier (6892) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of BeerBelcher and opened at my refrigerator reduction tasting on 8/15/09. Pours a clear amber with a medium off-white head. Bready malt makes up most of the nose, but there are some citrusy and earthy hops as well. Flavor is a bit more balanced, with the citrusy hops coming through first before the bread hits you. Balanced and very good.
blutt59 (6502) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, light amber pour with thin foam, malty grapefruit aromas, flavors of grapefruit and pine, spice, finish is medium with slight graininess
riversideAK (6104) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of rye on the nose, almost like rye bread. Some caramel and an earthy spicy hop kick in there as well. Pours hazy amber with some floating sediment and a thin foam island through the middle of the glass. Flavor is somewhat sweet with lots of rye bread and tangy earthy/spicy hops. A hint of floral/citrus notes show up too, but this shows off the rye quite a bit and the hop finish is earthy and peppery for the most part. Lingering malt flavors as well as some spicy dryness. Well done, but I enjoyed others from this brewery more than this one.
thirdeye11 (6044) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
( 12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye, it also happens to have my likeness on it - see my avatar) Pours a rusty orange with nice bubbles. Nose is rye, floral hops. Taste is sweet and malty, some bitter rye on the finish, but quite enjoyable.
vyvvy (5782) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Terminus for picking this up for me on a recent trip. Pours clear copper with a soapy beige head. The aroma has light cardboard / oxidation notes, spicy rye, woody hoppiness, mushy malt and some nuttiness. Medium smooth body with quite a bit of semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with some rye spiciness, mushy toasted malt, light cane sugar sweetness and woody / spicy hops. The finish has a linger hop bitterness with some maltiness that seems to have some ago one it. Even though this doesn’t seem all that fresh it is still enjoyable. I’ll rerate if I get a fresher bottle at some point.
JPDIPSO (5588) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber to copper color with a tallish taupe head that is a a bit creamy looking and has a nice sheet of lace. Fresh hops aroma, very much like Bitter Woman with the citric notes. Just a hint of caramel and rye. Does not have the thickness and "slickness" I find in many a rye. Grass and citric notes in the flavors. The malt and rye seem a bit distant and when they do show up, there is a bit of astringency. Quite bitter in the finish and linger. Sharp and spicy, with pepper and grapefruit peels. My second bottle, and I’m not feeling the rye love, just the bitter woman.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the Orland Park, IL, Binny’s: Looks okay - a clear orange/amber body with a decent head. Smells kind of odd - mineral water, caramel, PNW hops. The "mineral water" is the odd part, and it remains in the flavor. Fortunately, there’s a peppery spiciness and an increase in the hops’ bitterness that brings it together somewhat. Okay, but I had anticipated a lot more.
Skyview (5543) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at the Tyranena taproom in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Pours a clear copper amber colored brew with a creamy off-white head that has some nice retention an spotty lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt, a hint of citrus, white pepper, and a touch of fruit. Taste is medium bodied, dry caramel malt flavor with grapefruit, citrus zest and plenty of grassy hops. Finish is semi-dry with a lingering dry hop aftertaste that lingers after the finish.