Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A smallish off-white hat covers the dull orange-amber. Almost opaque. Mineral, gently piney, sweaty, earthy nose that is not particularly forward and certainly not bright feels like weíre not dealing with a very fresh product, yet it should not have more than a couple of months. Biting carbonation attacks the palate with liveliness as the slightly toasted malts, borderline roasty serve a support role to the otherwise herbal (chives?), earthy, again minerally hops. It kinda fails at captivating the audience in a world crowded with great examples. It could actually use some extra filtration. That dusty yeast worked okay for their unfiltered lager, but here, more brightness would be most welcome. Ultimately, a pretty unclean IPA and while I sometimes dig uncleanliness, it does not bring any extra interest here.
Ratman197 (9536) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a clear orange amber with a lasting amber head. Aromasof carmel, pine, orange candy and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, light pine and a hint of orange candy with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.
ben4321 (3812) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 9/27/10
Aroma: The nose has overripe citrus fruits, resiny hops, and a bit of yeast
Appearance: This one was a big gusher out of the bottle, it pours a hazy, dark golden color with a huge, foamy, off-white head that covers the inside edges of the glass in sticky lace.
Flavor: The flavor of this one doesnít stand up to the nose, subdued, bitter, but lacking depth
Palate: The carbonation is rather soft considering the gushing, a very short duration, and a bit watery
Well, this one was like a roller-coaster. First, it gushed everywhere sending beer all over my table. Then I got a whiff of that nice resiny/hoppy/fruity nose, and I thought I might be in for a good one, but alas the taste just didnít live up. It isnít a bad IPA, but it lacks depth and finishes way too quickly. I like some of the components a lot, and Iím not nearly as impressed with other parts, like I said, a roller coaster.
obxdude10 (2027) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2010
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
This is one of the worst IPAís I have ever laid lips to, if not THE worst. One whiff of the nose told me this beer wasnít going to be any good. 4 Seasons pours a cloudy dark orange color with a brownish hue. The head is tan, very thick and leaves some nice lacing around the glass. The nose is not inviting at all, with an awful combination of roasted malt, grass, lemon and stale bread. The flavors and finish were even worse. The body was slightly creamy, but very undrinkable. I got a lot of sour notes from this beer, with some flavors of week-old grass clippings, rotten lemon, stale bread, rye and leather. I could really only take three or four sips of this 22oz bottle, then had to put it to rest down the sink drain.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 Bottle courtesy of RegSpeir. pours cloudy amber with nearly no head. Nose is floral and herbal hops with very sweet brown sugar and candy.Caramel malts are pronounced and sweet. Very nice aroma. Taste is bitter hops of the same caliber but no sweetness and bitterness finishes it out. Aroma is far superior to the taste but is still good.
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass
aggressive pour revealeved a huge head which settled into a sudsy, off-white head which lasted throughout. Lacing was thin but also lasted. Color was a dark, cloudy orange/amber. The nose was VERY strong malt and not a lot of the hops you would expect in an IPA. There is some grassiness and orange and lemon, but the roasted malt is what hits you. The taste is not a shock after the nose - heavy roasted malt, a tinge of orange and lemon and ample bitterness, especially in the finish. Mouthfeel is a little creamy, moderate carbonation and fairly light. This beer reminded me of what an IPA would be like if kept in the cellar way too long. I know there are people who really like this style of an IPA but I am not one of them.
jgb9348 (4659) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Silver Cap - Green Label.
Deep amber coloured body with a bit of a copper glow and a very large dense tan head that leaves a very nice lacing. Aroma of strong malt, alcohol and a pungent syrupy piney hop scent - very nice. Medium-bodied; Assertive hops up front with a very bitter flavour then fading to a nice tartness and rather drying malt character. Aftertaste shows some faint bitterness and then caramel to finish. Overall, a nice IPA - not stellar, but showing a lot of good dry hopping and a substantial malt backbone. I sampled this 22 Ounce bottle purchased from Liquor Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 11-July-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 22-July-2010.
BroSpud (1673) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours medium amber. Pine, citrus and caramel. Decent amount of hops. Pretty tasty IPA.
kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a slightly hazy dark copper body with a foamy two finger light beige head. Lots of lacing. The nose is nice citrusy hops over a lightly caramel and toasted malt base. The flavor is a little too harshly bitter for the small malt backbone. Iím getting a little too much crystal malt flavor from it as well. The bitterness overpowers the malt so much that thereís just a touch of toasty malt showing through. The mouthfeel is resiny and sticky with moderate fizzy carbonation. Canít say that I dig this offering too much, the bitterness s just too harsh and unbalanced.
dmac (3919) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle of pure confusion purchased at Canalís Hainesport. What the hell?? Are series of IPAs that will evolve from "earthy and malty to citrusy and crisp". Arenít IPAs supposed to be citrusy and crisp? Well this one poured a super deep dark amber almost brown body underneath a large nicely lacing bright white head. Aroma is earthy and malty with some citrusand grassy hops. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a smooth finish that needs far more hops bite. Flavor stats off with a nice bite of fresh hops and then transends into earth and malty grains with some chocolate beans and crusty brown bread. This is an odd series and needs MORE HOPS!!!!!