thedm (4848) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 25, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized white colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a typically carbonated hazy yellow colored body. The aroma was malty. The semi-flat smooth mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of hops. Not one that I would likely buy again.
kdm1984 (561) - Missouri, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Of the two widely available Widmer IPAs, I preferred this a little to the OíRyely IPA even though that one is slightly higher rated overall (found it just a tad too sweet and rye-forward to be a great sipper). Some decent citrus sweetness here. Solid hops. Doesnít stand up to the greats, but a good IPA for the price and availability.
jgb9348 (4274) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly cloudy copper coloured body with an orange glow and a thin, off-white head, about a centimetre thick. Aroma of very resiny, citrus, grapefruity and herbal hop notes with a bunch of alcohol and some pungent sweetness noticeable as well. Medium-bodied; Pungent hoppy note with citrus, pine and grapefruit at first, but the body doesnít last long and more of a bittering flavour is left with no harsh and deep malts. Aftertaste is more bitter and herbal than anything else, with less malt than most IPAs and no real sweetness. More of a one-dimensional hop hit, which is nice, but not very well rounded. Overall, a decent beer that isnít bad at all, but not showing the malt backbone and full complexity that make good IPAs stellar, but nice for hopheads that donít care about the body as much. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased at Giant Food in Arlington (Baileyís Crossroads), Virginia on 08-February-2012 for US$9.99/6pack, sampled at home in Washington on 27-April-2012.
chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. iíll go ahead and call this "experimental" hop a fail. weak ipa with no stand out character. my least favorite of the rotator series (minus the spiced/veggie concoction) iíll still drink it if you put it in front of me though.
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours amber, slightly orange in colour. Slightl off white head. Pig piney, citrusy aroma and taste. Pretty good!
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
So you guess it, this beer is full of citrus. But not a overwhelming amount. Thereís a nice caramel backbone here that melds nicely with the citra and makes for a pretty balanced IPA. I picked up a 6 pack of this stuff and before you knew it, they were gone.
19Ei8hty (1110) - Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another strong Rotator from Widmer. Nice bready malt body, a little chewy, but fresh and pleasant. Spice is not as pronounced as I anticipated - there is some nice peppery notes. Strong citrus character that is quite delightful. Sticky pine notes. Grassy, moderately astringent finish. Very enjoyable - loving this series.
polomagnifico (1144) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of citrus, flowers, red pepper corns, cereal and caramel malts. Hazy light amber hue with a small off-white head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Palate is medium bodied and oily soft. Overall a very solid brew from Widmer Bros. I did like the spicy hop profile and the solid malt character balanced it nicely. A very good IPA but the appearance could use some work.
Aurelius (3717) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy, honey gold, big white head, bad label. A very nice, fresh, citrus-caramel aroma. Tangy, moderately sweet, a very drinkable golden ale. Citrus pith flavors, not too bitter - more like an APA than an AIPA. A pretty crisp finish. This wasnít a huge AIPA, but it would be a good compromise for the hopheads and the more casual PA drinker. You could certainly go through a six pack while watching the game without it getting too clingy. This would probably be a good marinade/ingredient sort of beer as well. ABC, Kerry Forest Pkwy.
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle and served in Ommegang tulip: Pours a a clean medium golden hue with a fizzy frothy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of pink grapefruit, mango, juicy fruit gum, clove, white pepper, slightly boozy and chalky, medicinal and metallic, moderate pale 2-row malt. The taste fails to match the nose, lightly resiny and piney with a moderate citric and tropical character. Slight "lemon pledge" tone as well as a biscuity and doughy grain bill. Sort of a one note beer, okay I get the hop character of this new X-114 but this cries out for a hop companion or two. The mouth feel is aggressive but far too green and metallic, sort of watery too. Well compared to the two crappy IPAís I had before it, this rocks... but compared to the whole genre it is simply average.