fidelis83 (2003) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber pour with a 1 finger, creamy off white head . Aroma is mostly earthy citrus and passion fruit right away, some sort of soapy, floral and fruity berry-like hops come in along with some biscuit, toast and bready notes, if I really get my nose in it. Flavor is earthy floral and passion fruit right away, followed by citrus zest, tart cherries, under ripe tangerines, and finishing with a sort of lemon curd- like sweet tart taste that would really be better with just a hint less bitterness backing it up. Medium body, fairly neutral entry, medium, sharp carbonation and dry finish. Good stuff overall, I can’t really say I am in love with the hop notes, although they are interesting, but it is definitely enjoyable. I guess the ratio of bitterness to hop taste and aroma seems a little low.
HuskerTan (569) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 3, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A- Berries, citrus, wheat.
A- Orange color, clear liquid, white head.
T- Citrus, berries, hops, wheat.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, crisp finish.
O- Not a bad beer but certainly not great. The flavors are pretty mundane and don’t blend well. No bitterness up front or anything for that matter than then some bitterness on the finish. I thought I’d love this one and it was average at very best.
queenholly (3018) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ brewery. Minimal hops aroma ... I was really surprised I couldn’t smell much in this one at all, because the flavor was there. Hazy amber with a large off-white head. Earthy cheesy hops, citrus, and biscuity malt flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation. This one was surprising/confusing for me. I’m familiar with the flavor of NZ hops, and I wasn’t really getting any of the usual tropical flavors associated with NZ.
BVery (6965) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Krug Park. Somewhat hazy golden orange pour with a white head. Tropical fruit but not bold and assertive. Mild bitterness.
TXBadger (1522) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a hazy orange with white head. Light fruits mainly on the nose, just a hint of wood as well; follows onto the palate. Finishes with malt notes.
Ratman197 (10200) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a hazy orange amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of bread, yeast, grapefruit and light blackberry. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, earthiness, citrus and a hint of blackberry with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.
strongpieman (1538) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Moderate IPA, lots of malt balance, nice bitterness that is not overpowering. A good choice if not looking for something too powerful.
dfroms (348) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, dated 5/1. Pours orange-y amber color, no head, light carbonation. Aroma: sweet malts, pine, light grapefruit and peach. Taste: heavy caramel malt and some almost Belgian-style spice with citrus zest finish. Syrupy. On the malty end of the style and NZ hops aren’t especially present.
BaileysBrew (3) - - MAY 26, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is like no IPA being made in the midwest, using New Zealand hops that are distinctly different from American hops. Pours a golden hue with a white head. Initial flavors are blackberry, floral, and tropical fruits. Like a super pale ale, not overpoweringly bitter. Nice beer.
CanIHave4Beers (3351) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Crushed with Jakebra
Pours a golden color with a smallish head and decent lacing on the glass.
The aroma is a touch grainy, it’s got some juicy hop aroma but nothing much that jumps out and grabs you. Not a bad smelling beer... I just like more pungent hop aromatics in the nose when it comes to hoppy beer.
The flavor is fairly grainy again, the hops are far more pronounced in the flavor with bits of nice citrus rind and grapefruit... the bitterness is ever-present and just subdued enough to be enjoyable, but the trouble is that this one is awfully malty, thankfully it’s not a caramel bomb... but the malt flavor really takes the focus away from the fancy hops employed here. The beer is only lightly sweet and finishes fairly dry.
jbuskirk (486) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2014 A New Zealand IPA is a great idea and Zipline very nearly gives this concept the treatment it deserves. The aroma is minimal but the pine tones are very pleasant. Somehow, the taste manages to be even but also a little baffling. The flavor is citrusy sweet but has some peppery spice in the finish. While I’d prefer this ale to have some refreshing bitterness, it makes for an interesting IPA. A little refinement could take this beer from okay to great.