Ernesto987 (3222) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at brewery, started very boozy but thinned out to a toasty biscuity stronger ale, safe drinkable beer
joebudzjoe (663) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz glass at the brewery. A cloudy blonde hue, this unfiltered IIPA has a strong flavor and a heavy body with plenty of citrus flavors and lots of brown sugar taste from the residual sugar. A little too sweet for my liking.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a white head. Smells of pine resin, lots of floral hints, touches of biscuits. Tastes of caramel with lots of up front spicy qualities probably coming from the selection of hops. Mouthfeel is oily with a finish that is sugary.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transparent viscous copper amber pour has a stringy-lacing white head. Aroma has a big resiny piny hop presence with some caramely malty sweetness. Starts rich and caramely sweet with a lot of big bittering and grapefruity flavor hops. Pretty well-balanced and drinkable, a nice IIPA.
portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at the brewery. Pours a dark amber color with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. Heavy aromas of grapefruit, hops, and spice with a hint of mint. Flavor is of citrus fruits, hops, and grass with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth. Awesome brew!
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler provided by kmweaver. Clear amber body with a tiny off-white head. The nose is herbal and sweet with cotton candy, grapefruit, tangerine and cat urine. The flavor is lightly sweet, moderately bitter with cotton candy, tea, spicy herbal hops and orange peal. Medium/full body is soft and sticky with low carbonation.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub, listed at 7.7%. Hazy amber with a white head. Huge nose - boldly floral, perfumey, with sweet orange, ruby grapefruit and an underlying pine resin. Wow! Bracingly bitter flavors of grapefruit rind, spicy orange and a sweet malt spine. Excellent lace rings. Another hop head orgasm from Willimantic - excellent!
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Perfumy floral aroma, great orange juice notes. Sweet and inviting. Murky brownish haze. Very floral sweet bouquet, Excellent malt hops combo wet and sweet citrus fruit flavor finishes smooth and dry. Love it.
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a growler. Bronzey orange and mostly clear, somewhat of a thin syrup. Rich plum, bold grape and caramel aroma; red apples, cinnamon, spicy hops. Dry, and intense. A heavy and ubiquitous vinous characteristic tends to dominate; this is a mysterious hop shade of some kind that seems common and unique to these Willimantic pale ales. This presents itself richly in the flavor with a bright raspberry sweetness, which develops an acerbic bitter character in leading toward dry pear skins, banana, and grasses. Vanilla and butterscotch; crisp brown sugars. Smooth, slightly slick and a bit thick in the mouth, finishing with more dry berry tones. Quietly unique, certainly; sweet, and pleasant, though not entirely stunning. Thanks for sharing, Ken!
kmweaver (3203) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler, courtesy of Vanessa! Pours a hazy, golden amber color; slightly oily and heavy; very thin off-white head. Dense, viscous and weighty aroma; concord grapes, ripe fruits, and floral notes; generous and very vinous, without the harsh hop character typical of ASAs. Relaxed carbonation, but still very pleasant and dense in the mouth: candy sugar and floral notes, with a persistent grapey, gooseberry note; very light bitterness with resiny, wet hop character (citrus, floral); much less aggressive than one might expect; like a gigantic wet hop ale with well-hidden alcohol. Medium, bready and grapey finish; a bit drying.