TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One sure way to make a hop head like me happy is to brew up a batch of outstanding AIPA, and Willi does that and then some. In fact, you will often find a number of different IPAís on draught at Willi, brewed with a number of different grain bills and hop varieties. One AIPA I have been looking forward to trying is their V.E.G. IPA, and last Thursday, Iím happy to say I finally did. This beer is brewed exclusively with Columbus hop varieties, with six seperate hop additions. Hops are in this beer by the bail load, and this beer is pure hop juice, but with a malty enough base to stand up to that hop attack.
V.E.G. IPA pours to a beautiful, bright, deep golden to light amber color with a dense, bright white head that slowly fades, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer hits you from a mile away. Huge waves to resiny, piney, zesty hops aromas flood the nose. It is clear this beer has been dry hopped with lavish amounts of Columbus, the nose on this beer is intense and pungent. The palate is firm, there are some pale malt flavors and some estery fruit in there, trying to hold back the assault of hop flavors, but hop flavor has won this battle. V.E.G IPA finishes with a huge, long, dry, resiny, piney, extreme, mouth puckering, face wincing finish that lingers for what seems to be an eternity.
Cottrell (72) - Connecticut, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Simply put: Awesome. Ranks right up there with the best IPAs Iíve ever had. Served in a standard pint, came a hazy gold/orange with a finger of foam, with great retention. Aroma is powerful, some nice sweet but backgrounded malt, and hops galore; citric grapefruit, orange rind, and strong resinous pine flavors. Flavor starts with some malt sweetness, mixed with some strong hop sweetness. Tangerine, crushed pine needles, grapefruit rind, and some lemon hints come in a rush of bitterness. Finishes a little dry, with a longlasting bitter citric aftertaste. As I said, awesome. A hopheads wet dream.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - APR 13, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewpub. Hazy yellow/amber with a white head. Wow, thatís a big nose - very citrusy, grapefruit and orange, some peach and sweet caramel. Some parfumey floral notes come out as it warms a bit. Big grapefruit zest bitter flavor, floral behind that. a bit of pine. All that, and the caramel malt behind it still will not go quietly - itís sweetness backs the hop assault with aplomb. Mildly dry grapefruit and pine finish. Nice lace, medium bodied. Seems far bigger than it is. Amazing beer!
eaglefan538 (2925) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampler size sample. A very nice IPA, poured with the usual color and a nice head and lacing. The aroma was strong grapefruits and citrus rinds. The flavor was grapefruits and citrus rinds along with a significant pine presence, quite strong in the hopping with enough malt balance to support it underneath (although I canít attribute much of the flavor to the malts). Mouthfeel was on par, fairly smooth.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler shared by Miketd. Thanks Mike! Pours copper color with off white head. Aroma is a nice grapefruit, bitter, and flowery. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and has a perfect balance of bitterness, grapefruit appeal, some rind, and finishes semi dry. A touch of caramel and maybe some oxidation, but does not distract from the drinkability and enjoyment of this beverage. Thanks again Mike!
Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A white cover tops very hazy amber looks. Intensely coniferous and perfumey nature. The hops complexities keep on coming sniff after sniff. Sweaty columbus like hops are not among my favourites by any means, but this one is just so aromatic and using them well and in a complex manner that I can only stare, smell and savor. Soapy and grapey marriage with the big malt backbone complement the richness. Firm medium body, rolling happily on the tongue. Fresh spruce/pine come out strong in the finish while the considerable citrib bite kisses you goodbye. Thatís a winner!
jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great hoppy aroma and flavor, with a perfectly balanced caramel malt sweetness. Very impressed with this.
glennmastrange (2400) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Light caramel for the malt, heavy grapefruit and flowers for the hops, moderate soap for the yeast, with hints of date and pepper. Head is small, frothy, white with good but thin lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy light amber/orange. Flavor starts lightly sweet and acidic, then finishes moderately acidic and heavily bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a lively carbonation and avery drying finish. Not a big malt presence in this IPA, but the way the flavor amplifies for each sip and the citrus-y hops really does it for me.
Reynolds314 (2755) - Connecticut, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice IPA from willibrew. A lot of citrus rind as well as a dank resiny pine hop as well. The malts are very mild with some white bread and biscuits. The finish is mildly bitter and pleasant. I like this.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
New England Road Trip Easter í05 with MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere, beer #43. Small tap sample at the brewpub. Hazy light sunny amber with just a wee bit oí head...massively fruity/spicy nose, citrus, honeydew and perhaps some pine...pungent, well-balanced sweet-sour body, grapefruit jousting with brown sugar...stinging finish, full body. Another excellent IPA from this hoppy trip.