Stevesie (336) - - DEC 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Easily my favorite in the Rotator series. This beer is why I prefer IPAs--appealing appearance and nose, very hoppy and a well-hidden elevated abv. Typical good product from Widmer Brothers.
chickenflea (350) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer pours a bright copper color, slightly cloudy and a small foamy head. Aroma is right on: caramel malts with apricot, vanillla and bread. A wonderful sticky mouthfeel - lots of body. Moderate carbonation. Sweet like an imperial. Hops like grapefruit. Very bitter finish. This is a bid IPA. Very satisfying. Everything one looks for in an IPA is here. Might be the best Widmer brew I have tried to date.
bug102 (4) - - DEC 29, 2012 does not count
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
First let me say that I am not an IPA guy. Not because I don’t like the hoppy flavors but the bitter finish reminds me too much of life and beer is supposed to be an escape. This is a very fine beer, probably a great beer for an IPA type of person. Great hoppy aroma, hints of citrus. Darker than I expect for a pale ale but a beautiful burnt orange color. Wonderful floral notes mix with the hops - very tasty. Bitter finish is not my favorite, but also not overwhelming on this brew. Body of this beer is little heavier than I expected.
Westmeister (2061) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Mellow Mushroom. Pours a hazy amber/orange with nice off white head. Smell is predomitately orange and grapefruit citrus with caramel malts. Taste is mostly orange citrus with a bigger maltiness. Taste actually falls off rather quickly and shows some flaws. However, still a solid ipa.
jjuf1853 (1269) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Brass Tap Trinity. Pours a fairly clear copper amber color with a mid sized off-white head. Good lacing along the glass. Aroma has a decent amount of piney citrus hops. Flavor is good without being overly hoppy. Nice balance of hops and malt with a slightly dry hoppy finish. Tasty, easy drinking IPA.
jgb9348 (5062) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crisp copper coloured body with a bit of a light amber glow and almost no head at all. Aroma of grassy and candy sweet hops with a hint of yeast and alcohol. Medium-bodied; Very grassy and herbal hops with a perfumey kick and a nice malt flavour coupled with some herbal spice finishes. Aftertaste shows a good balance of hops and malt with a nice light sweetness at the tail end. Overall, a decent IPA with a lot of hops noticeable and a high IBU count, I’m sure, but when coupled with the malt and the subtle finish, makes for a relatively easy-drinking IPA. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Giant Food in Falls Church (Bailey’s Crossroads), Virginia on 12-October-2012 for US$8.99/six pack, sampled at home in Upstate New York on 26-December-2012.
LKay (131) - Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not the best. Do not intend to buy a six pack, but would try again just to be certain!
DedicatedToFun (3834) - Santa Monica, California, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent IPA, not hoppy or bitter enough for my likes and closer to an APA. But overall decent.
boxofrane (2387) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Wegmans. Pours clear copper with a thick white head. The aroma is grassy, a little astringent. The taste is lightly bitter with a nice grapefruit kick.. medium duration on the bitterness and a slight residual sweetness.
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured medium amber with a thick off-white head. Aroma and flavor leaned more toward the malty than hoppy. Quite a lot of caramel and doughy malt; moderate fruitiness; and mild to moderate bitterness, some orange and grapefruit. Medium mouthfeel. A very solid IPA.