swoopjones (5342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample, GLBN IPA Challenge 2010. End of bottle sample, 3-4oz. Slightly murky darker golden pour. Big citrusy hop aroma, well balanced IPA, great hop flavor. Looking forward to trying more from this brewery
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Aroma kind of odd and grassy with crackery malt. Flavor though reassuring with plenty of citrus and somewhat tropical fruitiness along with cracker/bread malt. A mixed bag overall for me.
LilBeerDoctor (3370) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from the brewpub. Pours a murky dirty light brown with a small white head. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus, hop resins, grassy hops, mango. Flavor of rich caramel malt, plenty of grapefruit, citrus, and other light fruits with an almost tangy finish. Great IPA, so drinkable and enjoyable!!
Cletus (6331) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old cleaned up notes: Pours amber and hazy with a thin white head. Smells of citrus and caramel. Tastes of grapefruit, melon, merangue, some coriander, spicy. Nice blend of hops.
mkgrenwel (558) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very sweet. Sugary. Not really malty. Sticky sweet pine and citrus. Very similar to their IIPA, so much that I wondered if they gave me the wrong beer for a moment. Very full, chewy and smooth palate.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dirty orange copper body (almost opaque) with a small off-white head. Intense aroma of fruity and foresty hops. Taste is this big dirty fruity hops soup. Orangy, leafy, foresty, citrusy, grassy, blablaly… Just about all kinds of big american hop flavours in one big mess. The nice full body indicates a strong malt content but I didn’t taste it, and I didn’t care. This is an over-the-top hoppy beer that is… well… pushing the envelop.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Any first impressions?
-A sheet of foam stands atop the murky amber-brown.
-Rhubarb fruitiness, tea-like herbal leafiness, and resinous earthiness once again create a completely personable, unique aroma for an IPA.
-Leafy and citrusy hops harmoniously coexist with the rhubarb and strawberry fruitiness.
-Mouthfeel is creamy despite the fact that this is heavily unfiltered; the soft effervescence must help.
What if you dig deeper?
-Oranges and blades of grass fly about the palate.
-Malt is certainly there, but doesn’t contribute much flavorwise; this is a hop fest.
-I got excited for a while there, because I thought this was going to be the rare and well-rated Extreme version of this beer, but after having tasted it, I cannot be disappointed. This is yet another superb, intrinsic IPA from Willimantic.
On tap at the brewpub.
Cottrell (72) - Connecticut, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Damn, this is just a hop assault. I had this after a couple pints of Husky IPA and still got the puckered "holy hell this is bitter" face. This was just tapped the day I had it, and came a murky muddy dark orangish color. Aroma was strong piney, citrussy hops, that twinged at my nosehairs. Flavor starts with some hop sweetness and some mild malt sweetness, then turns very aggressively bitter. Finishes with an attack of pine needles, grapefruit, and orange peels. This is an absolute must have! Finishes very dry, and remains remarkably drinkable. Only 6.5%? Awesome.
Hopped with Chinooks, Simcoes, Tomahawks, and Ahtanum. Yikes.