GJF (1248) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this on a recent trip to Boulder. It was drinkable but not a great IPA. Kind of a sharpness and metallic quality that wasn’t great--but a good bit of caramel and hop to it.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. First reviewed 11/4/2011. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.
With an aggressive pour, a monster beige sea foam froth forms, resting on top of a deep amber colored beer. The beer is a little bit hazy and there are a few flecks of particulate matter at the bottom of the glass. Spiderwebs of lace coat the sides of the glass.
The aroma has a dry bitterness with a strange aroma that reminds me a bit of sawdust. Some peat and and other earthy notes combine with a light caramel sweetness and medium strength grain character. This smells much more English than American IPA.
The flavor is also consistent with an English IPA. A full grain flavor is most noticeable with just a bit of caramel sweetness. There is a lot of earthy, peat, and moss character that leads into a long, full bitterness that lasts through the finish.
The mouthfeel is somewhat dry, especially for an IPA, with a body that drinks right around the 7% ABV. The carbonation is fairly standard in magnitude and creamy smooth. There is no real lasting bitterness or hop residue. If anything it is a little bit grainy and has a mineral character to it.
The flavor definitely surprised me a bit as I was expecting more of a West coast style IPA, but I thought this was a well brewed beer. I would be interested in having it again.
Skyview (5209) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Received a single 12-oz can via trade. Pours a semi-hazy brownish amber colored brew with a decent sized off-white head that has some nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, floral and mild spicy hops, a hint of toffee and some cooked squash. Taste is medium to full bodied, plenty of caramel malt, some dark pitted fruits, and some tangerine & floral hops. Finish has a lingering mild bitterness with some extra alcohol warmth.
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can-pours amber with a light tan head. Aroma is resin, medium malt. Taste is resin/dank/herbal hops, medium malt-roasty/caramel.
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can to tulip. Aroma is heavy on citrusy grapefruit and pine. There is also a slight floral aroma. The pour is a very beautiful amber orange with a moderate off white head. Medium body with long bitter finish. Like the tagline says, this is definitely bold. I think its worthy of flagship status. One of my favorites when I go to CO.
Strykzone (4933) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Clear and coppery. A decent white head. Nice lacing. Light hops and caramel in both the aroma and the flavor. Nice and straight forward.
jonno (2325) - JAPAN - NOV 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very Colorado. Bigger beefier body than the West Coast. Quite chewy with the big hops on top. Probably not enough balance for me, but I could see east coast IPA lovers digging this. Very workmanlike, but certainly no slouch in any particular area.
jtclockwork (8440) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can shared by Jcwattsrugger. Pours dark brown with off white head. Nose of tree sap, caramel malt, resin and chocolate. Taste is dry caramel sap, tree bark sap, syrupy sap, birch sap and maple sap. Did I mention its sappy? Decent. Lots of dry resin and sap in finish. Medium body.
PorterPounder (5553) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Superior, Co. - Superior Liquor - 12 oz can. Very dark copper pour, thin but sticky khaki colored head. Aroma has some very faint spruce notes, a hint of cinnamon. Rich, bold flavor with some Juicy Fruit gum sweetness, a hint of grapefruit bitterness, some malty toffee-like notes. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, Interesting little IPA.
ROGUE (2099) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Freshcraft. Poured a slightly hazy light amber with a dense foamy head and good lacing. Smells of toffee and a lot of spiced tea in the nose. Taste is mostly made up of tea and earth flavors with a heavy bitterness. There is a little grapefruit citrus, but not much, and a bit of metallic in the finish, before ending with a nice lingering bitterness. Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.