bpreo (2187) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
A spicy and herby IPA. Normally I would avoid this kind of beer at all costs, but I still have to try it.
The added spices are not very noticeable. This beer mostly comes off as a typical IPA with an especially harsh aftertaste.
brent1989 (9) - USA - MAR 27, 2012 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Very strange beer, tastes of cinammon and chai tea. Lingering taste of tea. As odd as it seems, comes together pretty well. The 7% ABV sneaks up on you too!
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Widmer in Portland. Really kind of cool. Definately an IPA but every sip screams Chai. A tea spice beer that works as being cool but also as an IPA. Flavourful and enjoyable. Good with food.
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Grapefruit and light pine aroma with light summer fruit. Grapefruit and tea flavor with light tropical fruit and pine. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Tropical fruit and grapefruit linger with tea and light earthiness.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of malt, tea, ginger, spices, cardamom, florals, and hops. Poured copper/orange in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, off-white/tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of floral hops, strawberries, malt, slight resin, spices, and berries. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Light to medium sweet, malt, hop, floral, slight resin finish is dry. 7%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Not much spice in the flavor.
hopasaurus_rex (109) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice golden orange. Aromas of clove, ginger, cinnamon, tea, hops and slight malt. Initial taste is smooth, and gets a nice spiciness from the ginger. The clove really comes out up front along with the tea leaves and cinnamon. There is a nice spicy bite from the ginger that just sits on your tongue. Interesting. Mouthfeel is nice. Smooth. Not too oily or sticky. Doesn’t much seem like an IPA...more like a pale in my opinion. A solid and different beer nonetheless. Worth trying.
keepersj12 (2985) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This should be thought of as a Christmas beer with all of the spices in the aroma. The flavor has a nice hoppy bite that balances the spices nicely. At first whiff, I thought I would not be a fan of this brew but after a few sips, I came over to the spiced side. Nice peppery feel leaves a dry and refreshing finish.
BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2012
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. The different spices make for a very confusing flavor. Mild bitterness and thin body. Aftertaste is oily and hoppy.
jkwood04 (4960) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Aroma of citrusy hops, a lot of spice, and some caramel malts. Flavor about the same with lots of spice. Average texture. A pretty good IPA considering it’s spiced.
bookman10 (775) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It’s actually a lot better than the list of ingredients might suggest. Though perhaps there’s just a bit too much black pepper (a similar problem faced by Furthermore’s Knotstock). Pours a fairly clear golden yellow with thin to no head. Aroma is a strange mix of spices that smells a bit like a fancy English tea. Flavor is a bit dominated by the pepper, but the other elements do come through, particularly the cinnamon, anise, and ginger. And then there are the hop and citrus elements of an IPA. Overall, it’s interesting but just a bit too busy for me.