Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from State Line. Pours a clear amber color with a thin foamy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of big sticky resin hops, herbal notes, candied citrus. The taste is very catty, herbal and a faint bit of resin. Medium bodied. Decent.
obguthr (4902) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cat urine backed up by pineapple on the nose. Clear amber, medium head. Grassy, decent biterness. Well made, tasty IPA.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
THOUGHTS: Not enough balance. Not enough malt to balance all the hops. Maybe they should stick to imperial stouts and sours.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, dark, brownish orange with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma was every weak compared to the flavor, but contained light cookie; very light caramel; and light to moderate perfume, pine, citrus and earthy hops. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and moderate to heavily bitter; while the finish was heavily bitter and slightly acidic with a long duration. There was grain, slight citrus, pine, concentrated grapefruit, citrus rind, metallic hops and straight up hop pellets. The nearly medium body was dry with fizzy carbonation and a dry and metallic finish.
Butters (3990) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2014 Sampled at Dan’s after Top of the Hops tasting. Clear golden pour with minimal offwhite head. Very earthy, foresty, woody, slightly lemony hops. Strong lingering bitterness. Body is a little watery. Kinda like hop tea mixed with an ipa. Meh.
Upon further review, this hazy golden elixer is better this time around. More pungent than I recalled. Better flavor, not as watery. Decent ipa.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mostly clear lightly hazy golden with a smaller white head limited retention... Malty sweet fruit with a light hoppiness underneath... Not nearly hoppy enough to be called an ipa... Medium to medium thin body...
Nickls (2064) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Fluffy white head lightly hazy orange hazy. Musty dank grassy hoppy nose. Touch of garlic, grassy hops, some light grapefruit. Medium sticky body. Just ok
Nejhleader (1393) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice IPA, pretty basic a nice faint hop aroma, good body, taste is a bit of citrus, pine, mildly bitter hops.
mansquito (4455) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
New Beer Distributors, NY 12oz ($2.25): Pours a light orange with a white head. Aroma is mostly simple citrus, with some pine and malt. Taste is pretty standard IPA. Very sessionable and drinkable, but this ain’t nothing to write home about.
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, brown pour, small off white head, slight hoppy aroma. lightly bitter, salty, light body (not necessarily good for an ipa), on the thin side. Overall decent brew, decent ipa, it just seems to be missing something to be great.
jgb9348 (5231) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crisp, slightly hazy golden coloured body with a very thin white head. Aroma of fresh grapefruity hops, a bit of malt and a definite and pungent sweaty gym sock scent that really dominates once you think of it. Light to Medium-bodied; Grassy and very herbal flavoured hops up front that are dominated by a bunch of the dry hopping characteristics with a mild and perhaps under dominating malt backbone with a little of the earthiness on the palate, but the floral and perfumey hops dominate. Aftertaste shos a pleasant hop bitterness with a minor malt note, some refreshing herbal characteristics and not much of a complexity - but that’s okay with the good, yet light, hops. Overall, a decent IPA - not great, but a nice beer to sample with a good cause, makes a beer worth searching for if you like the style. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle from a six pack, purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 22-July-2012 for US$9.25/6pack sampled at home in Washington on 10-September-2012.