3fourths (8345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. clear amber. brighter hop nose than the previous variants but still far too dull and peaked for IPA, and the obligatory chalk / vitamin yeast dirtiness is still present, as is a metallic tin note. medium body, lightly chewy / syrupy across the middle, drying somewhat into a creamed orange / caramel malt / rye finish. spice is certainly there, and it’s a bit odd to have it linger so late but the hop acid hold its well, though the hop flavors seems to slowly gravitate towards a celery stew situation. it’s about the only nice thing about this beer. it’s ain’t bad, no, but it’s nothing special and when you’re putting out a new IPA and going for a "twist", you gotta bring more than this. this is pretty plain and uninteresting, and there’s enough of that out there already.
DocLock (8184) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottles from Wegman’s Collegeville and Capone’s. Pours deep caramel colored with splotchy off-white head. Nose is a nice mangoey, piney, semi-feety aroma that reminds me of Simcoe and Citra, my 2 favorite hops, although a bit hot. Tastes rather hot, with a high IBU level, a lot of bitterness, rye malt-light, and some mangoey fruit. The flavor is a bit of a letdown after the smell.
DrSilverworm (7692) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Mildly hazy light brown / amber color, minimal off-white head. Nice rye grain here, nice spiced bready taste. Moderate but crisp carbonation, good dryness. Taste is bitter, but a bit savory. This is a pretty good rye IPA. Decent aftertaste.
BVery (7267) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Light amber pour with a nice white head. Aroma is caramel malt, rye, and mild pine hop. Moderate mouthfeel. Taste is spicy rye, some malt, and muted pine hops. Very good.
Ibrew2or3 (7232) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle pours clear deep copper with off white to light tan head. The aroma is a pleasing and full spicy hoppiness mix with spicy hops that run up to the point of chewiness and backed by some modest malt sweetness. OK, I’m really digging this stuff. The taste has near robust levels of spicy hops and likely spicy rye notes that grow from flavor hop notes right into near resiny bitter hoppiness. To midway I notice notes of grapefruit and tangelo citrus hops coming to the surface. The citrus is a nice added touch but it does manage to steal away some of the hop glory from the firm spicy hop contingent. Lovely.
DuffMan (7231) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bright copper-orange, crystal clear, medium white head. Lovely grapefruit hops aroma, very bright (even though I am certain this is nowhere near the bottled-on date). Zesty pink grapefruit hop flavour, underlying caramel malt, barely detectable rye spiciness. A really tasty IPA, rye or otherwise.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle: Pours a clear effervescent bronze with a spotty-lacing white head. Has a fresh resiny hoppy nose with a touch of rye spice and sweet light caramel malt. Starts with pretty good fullness and light malty sweetness giving way to a healthy amount of piny hops and bitter balance before a drier bittersweet finish. Well-balanced and drinkable.
bb (7052) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a light tan head. Grapefruit aroma. Pine and grapefruit flavor with light earth and light spice. Medium bodied. Nice bitterness. Pine and grapefruit lingers with earth.
marcus (7001) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours bronze with a tiny off-white head and a crude oil aroma. There is a smooth rye flavor with a dry bitter finish.
douglas88 (6611) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Mike. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. A nice spicy rich fruity nose. A smooth rich rye, citrus, low bitterness, a bit thin. Quite good.