polomagnifico (1202) - 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 (4174) - 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 wasn’t 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 (6037) - 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 IPA’s I had before it, this rocks... but compared to the whole genre it is simply average.
cggipa (7) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 31, 2011 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden with foamy white head that dissipates at a medium rate, nice lacing. Very earthy hop forward aroma that comes across dry. Light body, oily feel on the tongue. Earthy, spicy hop resins grab your tongue and don’t let go. Peppery dry finish. Easy drinking, but not up to NW IPA’s. Will finish the case though!
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle -
Wow. A really, really nice find from Widmer and easy on the pocketbook. Looking forward if they continue to promote hop forward beers that are affordable. The beer pours out a light golden orange body, clear with a bright fluffy white head, with some staying power. It shows off the hops with clear notes of both pine and grapefruits with some support from light caramel malts (very light). Flavor is spot on with a direct showcase of dank, piney hops and some honey/pears showing up to keep the sweetness around. Really a treat for hop lovers and a great showcase for hops.
thegreenrooster (3209) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a hazy orange with a large with head. Aroma is a nice hop with a deffinate pepper. Flavor is a fruity hop with some juicy fruit and a dry cracker like malt. Finish has more pepper and a nice tangerine. This was a well done beer. Bravo Widmer
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: a mélange of coppers, oranges, and garnets under a fluffy pithy bubbly head which fades rocky and pocky. Continues to fade rocky and splotchy, leaving clumps of pith in its wake.
Nose: white and pink grapefruit, mint, and spruce needles. Pith under and in the back. Key lime.
Palate: soft, bready, frothy mouthfeel. Medium-light weight. Key lime and fresh squeezed lemon water. Spruce. Mint in the breath.
Final Thoughts: a solid simple IPA from Widmer Brothers. With the exception of their reserve line of beers, I have found Widmer to be consistently average over the years and the beers. Is this so bad though? It used to be impossible to find a decent beer on draft or in bottle and yet now we have a seemingly endless supply of tasty craft beers on draft and in the bottle to choose from as we quaff day to day, enjoying both the regulars and the white whales.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: Rotator X-114 IPA
Date: November 02, 2011
Source: Taco Mac, Woodstock
Appearance: clear copper, fine off white head, lots of lace
Aroma: sweet crystal malt aroma, lots of citrus, touch of sweet pine, light peppery spicyness
Flavor: robust citrus flavor backed by crystal sweetness, light bitterness adds balance but stays out of the way of the hops
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
mar (4842) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
crisp amber pour with a thin cream head. nose is chewy fruits, bitter, and resiny. smooth on the palate, nice hop flavor with a lightly bitter backbone, followed by light fruits.
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was a very big IPA. Clear golden, moderately oily, with mild carbonation. Huge orange and general citrus aroma, with a quite spicy hoppiness in the flavor. Those who love aggressive IPAs will find this suitably up their alley. Bottle.