Suttree (4742) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy orange, thin ring of foam. Smells like a nice mix of citrus and caramel. Nice woody flavor, with a mix of citrus, honey and caramel. Fairly heavy palate. Simple, but tasty.
KUEric (867) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A very bland, basic, nothing special beer. Not all that hoppy for Colorado ipa. Macro pale looking, minimal aroma. Slight sweet and malty with a little pine grapefruit flavor.
adnielsen (7586) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2011 Tap at brewery. Burnt orange appearance with a big off-white head. Some hops but not overdone with the malt characteristics present which are usually harder to really smell in depth in American IPAs. Light floral hoppy with a good pale-amber malty flavor. Less hoppy than almost all IPAs but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
GatheringBrews (45) - Derby, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a pint glass with about half inch off white head that dissipates in short order but laces nicely. Aroma is very faint, mostly of light caramel and a hint of hops. Taste is a little sweet, not particularly bitter. Definitely more English in style, as far a IPAs go.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can, pours caramel with white head. Nose of caramel malt, touch burnt, some sweet citrus and pine but very mild. Flavors are sweet caramelly, malty brew here, some bitterness there for balance but not much in the hop flavor dept. Not an ipa, more like an esb and not that bad if it said that on the can.
Atom (1118) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz can pours clear amber with small khaki head. Aroma is sugary caramel, floral, slight citrus, and pine. Taste is a malty sweetness with fruits into bitterness and alcohol. A little too sweet for me, bitter alcohol finish doesn’t really do it for me here either. The malt and alcohol seem to cover up other flavors.
BrewDad (4499) - Olympia, USA - NOV 22, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz Can – Beer Bloggers Conference 2010 – Boulder, CO
Light golden in color and clear. Light aroma and a very mild taste. This was a decent lawnmower beer.
dalekliz (809) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Pours a clear amber with a white head. Aroma is bitter and light, of pine hops, malt, grass. Bitter, grassy taste, of hops, earth, malt, yeast. Lingering sharp bitterness. Ok.
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
can. Pours deep auburn color with minimal grey head, soon is only swirls. Not much on the nose, soft sweet, resiny, piny hops and some malt detectable though. Flavor is pretty much balanced for an ipa, pretty malty and the hops take on a sweet, resin, pine sap character. Malts are caramel and hay. I think I can taste the snowmelt aspect of the water, which I don’t know is the best decision. However really this IPA is not bad. It is not a mega hopped american version but more traditional, and in some ways thats a breath of fresh air these days.
onceblind (3191) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark, clear yellow-amber, with enticing aromas of roast malt (?) and grassy or floral hops. Intriguing to smell that much malt presence in a standard IPA. Sweet mostly, but with a solid hop profile vying for attention. Taste was particularly British. Even handed, and very un-American in terms of hoppiness (not a bad thing, just not as hopped as certain California IPAs). Lots of malt character upfront on the palate, followed closely by a floral and grassy hop bitterness that rounded things off nicely, remaining not-too-bitter, and smooth enough to hide the moderate alcohol content. Not too complex, but tasty enough to not deserve the harsh ratings it has received thus far.