kmweaver (3143) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of TheBeerCellar. Thanks, Matt! Pours a clear, medium orange-amber color; fizzy off-white head with decent retention and lacing. Tons of caramel and candy sugar and sticky hops in the aroma; forthcoming but messy. Solid jolt of carbonation and citrus on the tip of the tongue, but most of the feel afterwards is a malt bomb: some mineral / citrus hoppiness persists, but nothing fresh or resiny; mostly biscuity malts and unresolved dried fruits and sugar; also, sugar. One-dimensional hop and malt profiles. Old? Medium, sticky hop and doughy finish.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Appearance is gold with a small head. Aroma is not hoppy, more grain. Taste is a little hoppy, but not really for this style. Not at all a IIPA. Finish is not very bitter. Body is a little thin. Again, not sure how this is an IIPA. Not a good beer beyond that either.
beerbill (3044) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of at rade with TheBeerCellar. Pours a clear coppery orange with a thin yellow-white head that faded to an uneven film after the first sip and left a sheet of lace after each sip. Pleasant aroma of caramel and some citrus. The hops aroma was a bit light for an IPA. The flavor was caramel up front with some hops kicking in towards the finish. Smooth, almost creamy on the palate. If the label did not say it, I would not have taken this for an IPA, however, that in no way diminshed my enjoyment of this beer.
kyzr (1140) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to TheBeerCellar. Pours amber with good sized off-white head. Nose of pine and hops with a lot of malt. Flavor is rather malty, sweet and some roast. Good amount of alcohol up front with a decent bite of hops that leads to a dry finish.
mar (4244) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
courtesy of rollinhard, nice amber pour with some froth up top. hoppy, creamy, wood and slight vanilla scent. nice thickness with a huge malt taste and the hops kick in afterwards. very good beer.
sthlm (1227) - Iowa, USA - FEB 11, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[Bottle, thanks Tytoanderso] Pours golden with a small white head. Aroma is very grainy with some light hops. Slightly more hops are present in the taste but still far less than I had expected Medium-thin mouthfeel with a somewhat dry finish. I would not have pegged this as a IIPA, but regardless of what it is, I didnít really care for it.
JK (3966) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not very inspired. Some hops and medium sweet malt. Lightly bitter, but not enough flavor or palate for a beer of the style. Gold color.
Skyview (5023) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering in Maplewood, MN and supplied by tyleranderso. From a 12-oz bottle pours a clear golden orange brew with a fast dissipating white head that leaves behind a thin ring. Aroma of light caramel malt, citrus and grapefruit zest, and a touch of pine. Taste is medium bodied, some carbonation with flavors of mostly citrus zest, some light bread malt and a touch of herb spice. Finish is semi-bitter with a lingering citrus aftertaste long after the finish.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Many thanks to tytoanderso. Gold color with no head. Faint taste in of malt and hops.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden-amber color. Aroma is bready, sweet and caramelish with some subtle citrus and floral hops. Flavor was of a subdued citra-floral hoppy nature with way too much sweet malts. Either way too old or not hop forward enough.
MaltOMeal (1087) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from trade with TheBeerCellar. Pours a clear orange-amber with a very thin off-white head. Some irregular lacing. Aroma was pine hops with some sweet malt. Flavor was more malt than expected with a strong hop taste. Mouthfeel was medium with some carbonation and a good bitter aftertaste. Seemed just a tad hoppier than an IPA, probably because of the added malt.