Brigadier (3580) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub
This change of pace for Against the Grain is a welcome addition to their bag of tricks. An enjoyable IPA fits in nicely between the light sessionable taps, the smoked handles, and the big imperial specials. Hopefully something like this stays in rotation all the time.
Aroma / Appearance - The orange coppery base is decorated by a starchy white head. Citrus glaze, grapefruit, and sweet hops are bright as if walking through a fruit orchard or greenhouse. Without being over the top it makes its presence known.
Flavor / Palate - Creamsicle, resin, and a solid bouquet of fresh hops are almost like drinking an alcoholic version of orange Fanta minus the carbonated soda water. The fluid mouthfeel binds everything together for a pleasing experience that is worth at least a sampler if not a full pint
tmoreau (3843) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and dispensed to a Czech-pils glass showing a clear & bright golden hue, with creamy, off white head foam, and waves & spots of lacing. The nose was modest, with some mintiness, florals, and citrus. The taste was bolder, with some noticeable alcohol, and presented an assertive hop bitterness that was dry, earthy, citrusy, astringent and very lingering, but tempered just enough by some smooth malt to make it acceptably palateable. Almost overly hopped for the malt content imo, but finished to the last drop, as any dutiful hop head would have.
50belair (3467) - Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Against the Grain. Clear light amber pour with a white head. Dank hop aromas. Smooth and easy drinking with floral and almost pilsner like hop notes. Some resin in the finish. Decent body and mouthfeel.
drfabulous (6912) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
64 ounce growler filled at Whole Foods. Clean and crisp IPA with strong bitter and citrus notes. Balanced malt build. Slight caramel. A solid IPA offering.
Tmoney99 (13762) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap sample. Poured copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate complex green citrus hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture with soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium duration. Very interesting brew.
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ brewery. Funky cheese hops aroma. Copper with a moderate off-white head. Slightly sweet malt and earthy cheesy hops flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation
shrubber85 (10885) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Light earthy bleu cheese, orange malt, and orange peel aroma. Golden yellow with moderate head. Strong grass/orange peel up front with orange malt finish. Pretty good but got funkier as it warmed.