emacgee (3740) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clean golden yellow with one finger of off white head. Nose is spicy and citrusy, interesting aroma. Notes of juniper/sweet spruce and evergreen. Resinous and lightly bubble gumish flavor. Lots of evergreen character. Dry and piney palate with spicy finish. I dug this one.
mjg74 (2428) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from BevMo. Decent hoppy nose. A bit of spice is noticeable as well. Good amount of spice up front. A decent hop kick in the finish. Quite interesting.
vyvvy (3416) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours crystal clear copper with an off-white head. The aroma definitely lets you know this is a spiced IPA with spices all over the place along with some hoppiness. However, there is a buttery aspect that could be diacetyl. Medium crisp husky body with a decent amount of carbonation. Starts with a bit of caramel malt, but that is quickly overtaken with the spice and tea aspects. Those flavors really dominate the beer. There does seem to be some spicy and hints of pine from the hops, but they are fighting to be tasted at all. Iíve like the others Iíve had from the Rotator series, but this one didnít work for me. It sounded interesting, but the spices are just too much for me here.
improvjock (312) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear gold yellow with light white head and some nice lacing. Aroma of sweet malts and light spices. Very nice taste, the spices really help balance out the hoppy bitterness of an IPA. I liked this better than most IPAs.
TomTron (325) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy yellow with a thin white head and decent lacing. Aromas of some dough and malts but pretty weak. Good bit of maltiness in this one with some rye qualities and some cinnamon coming through. Alcohol is masked pretty well but it does have some warmth when it hits the belly. Overall a decent offering but nothing spectacular by any means. Next...
boozedude (1440) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good stuff...clean spice mild fruit aroma.... Pours amber. mild hopos and well played mild fruit taste...good stuff
notalush (4449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lightly hazy gold beer - moderate lace - a lot of black tea notes in the nose, as well as earthy, spicy hops, black pepper, ginger, clove - no one trait is dominant, so the nose is actually quite pleasant - lightly sweet up front, with notes of tea and ginger - earthy hops through the middle - a lot of the spices arrive late - cardamom and black pepper mostly, with the black pepper coming on particularly strong in the finish - a cool, minty flavor combines with the tea in the finish - it gets a little rough and messy near the end, but comes quite close to pulling off the experiment really well.
Reid (1717) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
6 pack from Fred Meyer, Wilsonville $6.99
Clear,bright golden hued ale with a large thick and frothy white head.
Aroma mostly spicy,sprucelike hops with a touch of pepper and leaf black tea.
Taste intresting combo of the piney hop, black tea and a peppery ginger..cinnamon appears well after the sip is down the gullet.
Nice pallet//loved the long lasting after tastes.
I really enjoyed this one from Widmer..well done and unusual
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Caponeís. Poured a golden color with a small sized head. Citrus with spices. Some floral hops. Personally Iím not too crazy about spices and this one leaned toward heavier spice beer vs. IPA.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very bright, aromatic, spicy and tea-like IPA. Tasted like a blend of IPA, saison, chai and yerba mate. Unfortunately, the spices completely overpower the malt flavors, though some bread and cracker notes did come through here and there. Hop flavors and aromas were difficult to separate from the spices, but I got some floral notes in the mix. Overall, itís an immensely interesting beer. My only complaint is that the spices are too dominating. If they were dialed down just a bit, I would drink this beer more often. As it is now, my olfactories become spent after just one or two of these puppies, and then I have to move on to something else.