ChainGangGuy (4116) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a clearish amber body with a small, frothy, ivory-colored head.
Smell: Candyish caramel aroma with notes of citrusy orange peels, pine, and three cardboard boxes.
Taste: Sweetish caramel malts transitions into a sharp, fruity citrus hop juice taste that provides a medium bitterness and is, I dare say, a lil’ citric. Hint of Moving Day. Bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: An A-OK IPA.
jcwattsrugger (10000) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle-pours a foamy tan head and hazy orange/brown color. Aroma is citrus/pine hops balanced with medium malt-caramel. Taste is bitter, citrus/pine hops, balanced with medium malt-somewhat sugar/burnt caramel. OK carbonation. Nice. Finishes bitter with some tannins. Cross with ASA.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice copper color with a white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, and resinous piney hops. Flavor is malty, caramel, and bitter grapefruit finish.
CaptainCougar (7093) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent deep bronze with a stringy-lacing spotty white head. Aroma of lightly sweet toasty pale malt and some lightly grapefruity hops. Body starts lightly sweet with some caramel notes and decent bittering hop balance before a drier bittersweet finish. A pretty well balanced and drinkable IPA.
MartinT (6928) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Wooden hop resins and its spicy, earthy brethren lead to a gripping hop bitterness with minty edges. Papaya-like fruitiness stems from the union of lean caramel malts and the aforementioned hoppy array and a simple and quite efficient IPA is born.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the hazy brown-tinged amber.
-Balance is not quite created, but I’m not sure there was any aim for balance at all.
-The soft effervescence allows us to enjoy all hop flavors and bitterness.
-The fruity mangrove which grows within is particularly pleasant as it evolves beyond the citrusy range initially announced (just look at Bov’s rating for a few more ideas).
fiulijn (12179) - Malmö, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber color. Nutty aroma (peanuts and hazelnuts), with a touch of vegetables, then caramel and hops. Medium body, with a dry toffee flavor, oily hops, some pleasant sweetness, a bit resiny and fruity. The final is well resiny and bitter. Good and quite powerful, but somehow chaotic.
Bov (8158) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
courtesy of fiulijn - clear reddish in colour with a little foam; very fruity hoppiness (litchies, apricot and passion fruit); solid malt body; deeply pronounced bitterness, moderately dry and very bitter, long hoppy fruity finish - a beautiful brew
raiderfost (168) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from the fresh. All bitter no citrus. Not a bad brew but not great. I drink this beer but there is really not much going on.
Beerdedone (2338) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled. Pours a dark copper color with a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, pine, floral and light citrus. Flavor is toasty malts, caramel, piney hops, and some orange zest with a bitter finish.
Bockyhorsey (2607) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle courtesy of eaglefan538. Aroma is what you would get if you had to go out and plant those flowers the wife just brought home from Lowe’s. Dark amber body with foamy off white head. Flavor has some bittering hops at first. Bitter mellows out and some chewy malt and citrus orange flavor appears. Mild sweet dry citrus on the palate, an enjoyable refreshment. Thanks Brian