RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   ABV: -
This is an American style IPA. India Pale Ale originated when English breweries were contracted to supply ales to the British troops in India, in the 19th Century. They were brewed to a slightly higher gravity than local London Ales and then allowed to mature shipboard, en route to India. A dose of fresh hops was added to each barrel (a process called “dry-hopping”), to protect the brew from spoilage and increase shelf-life, as hops are a natural preservative. Unlike most military ration, IPAs really caught on in popularity with the troops who began to demand it in local pubs, upon their return home. American IPA is hopped a little more generously than its British cousin, with our more aromatic American hop varieties. Ours is brewed with American, German, Belgian and English specialty malts and then liberally dry-hopped with a blend of Cascade and Columbus hops, from the Yakima Valley. This gives it a nice, bright, citrus, floral aroma.

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mcc5468 (122) - USA - SEP 1, 2008
Noce fresh citrus hop smell. Pours a dark amber color. Taste did not disappoint - fresh grass/citrus hop taste. Not overpowering but enough to let you know you are drinking an APA. Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Good beer.

BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - JUN 4, 2008
A very distinct floral hop nose, with that ever present citrus in the background. This does not have the depth of flavor that other IPAs have had at this brewery. This one is slightly one-dimensional. A little too agressively hopped, with a malt background that never gets up to snuff, and stays intimidated in the background.

unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2008
tap. Light orange/amber color. Rocky white head. Flavor is very sweet and extremely floral. Big hop florals travel way bback on the palate. Citrus aroma. Perfect lacing. Reminds me of Pliney... with less personality

MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Gentle spicy, floral and citrusy hops bloom atop the honeyed maltiness, leading to a calculated wooden hop bitterness for a balanced and highly drinkable IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the misty honeyed gold.
-Orange fruitiness seeps out of the malt and hop union.
-This is surprisingly not that intensely hopped for an American-style IPA.
-This is expertly brewed, but may lack that little dose of personality to distinguish it from the slew of very good IPAs out there.

On tap at the brewpub.

KieferUGA (462) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Draft. Pours a cloudy, golden color. Thin white head. Aroma of citrus. Small amount of lacing. Flavor is a pretty decent balance of caramel malt and citrus hops. Medium bitter finish.

desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Slightly cloudy amber body with little head. Aroma is hoppy and sweet. Flavor is full of citrus and pine hoppiness; crisp and fresh, balanced with moderate maltiness. Finishes clean and dry. There’s nothing like a super-fresh IPA in tap.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: Spiny Norman IPA
Date: January 04, 2004
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: hazy light orange, whispy white head
Aroma: sweet grapefruit aroma
Flavor: aroma follows through with the flavor of a grapefruit sprinkled with sugar, lots of good sweet carmel malt well hopped with cascade and columbus hops, low bitterness

Name: Spiny Norman IPA
Date: July 26, 2005
Score: iiii to ii
Aroma: good fresh citrus hop aroma
Flavor: good bitter hop flavor with nice balancing sweetness, long bitter finish
Overall: good but not the grapefruit wonder from last year

Name: Spiny Norman IPA
Date: December 31, 2005
Score: ii to iii
Appearance: muddy burnt orange, great lace
Aroma: big sweet grapefruit aroma
Body: big body
Flavor: lots of hop flavor on a well balanced malt base, nice sweetness, good grapefruit flavor, not quite back to the first year but a great improvement over the summer release

Name: Spiny Norman IPA
Date: October 08, 2006
Appearance: holding steady with the prior release, looks like this one has been tuned in
Flavor: the hop flavor is taking the forefront with the toned down sweetness, quite tasty but I miss the original that was almost a double IPA

Name: Spiny Norman IPA
Date: January 27, 2007
Mode: atl cask fest
Aroma: sweet piney aroma
Body: body comes off a bit thin
Flavor: nice pine flavor with enough sweetness to boost the pine, nice light bitter finish

Name: Spiny Norman IPA
Date: March 07, 2007
Mode: draft
Source: brewpub
Score: 3.3
Score: ii+

SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 11, 2007
very nice floral, hoppy aroma. lightly cloudy amber with a medium sized white head. flavor is bitter and hoppy. fresh. very nice biscuity, bready finish. an extremely well made ipa.

Cybercat (6433) - Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2007
Pours a somewhat cloudy brownish-golden with a fairly thick head. Aroma is strongly hoppy and has a piney hint that promises a well-hopped beer. Flavor is seriously hoppy and has a smoky undertone and fruity hints. The satisfyingly hop-bitter finish will please anybody who likes the taste of hops.

pivo (2689) - GERMANY - MAR 27, 2007
Big hop nose, deep amber color, low tight head. Soapy, lavender, even perfumy hops witha tight cutting bitter. Metallic and crisp texture. Dissappointing. Aggressive, but out of control.

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