BenDoshin (17) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2012
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This was the most god awful thing I have ever drank. It smells exactly like OFF insect repellant and tastes very similar. The taste is chemical at best. I was really surprised to see so many positive reviews of this stuff.
argo0 (13874) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(draft) Off-white head atop clear apple juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, light pine. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit/pine, lightly astringent. Light-medium body, some "hollowness" in the body with lack of grain. Great for a gluten-free, so-so for an IPA, and I rated to the latter.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewpub. Clear golden in color. Nice hoppy aroma, citrus- orange, lemon. Taste: Although this was the best sorghum beer I think I’ve had, I’m not much of a fan of that grain. Moderate to highly hoppy flavor with sorghum.
Lubiere (13383) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A golden IPA with a thin white head. Aroma of very pungeant c-hops, over an interesting grainy "malt" light notes of honey and herbs. In mouth, a strange lemony hops, with honey notes developping, herbal, grainy, bizarre, but good. On tap at brewpub August 2 2009.
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Vermont Brewer’s Fest 2009. Cloudy golden pour. Orange/grapefruit citrus and a bit of light honeyish sweetness as well. The flavour can’t hide the grainy sweetness of the sorghum but it’s not a bad try really. At least they’ve added enough hops to give this some character, but I can’t say I’m a fan of sorghum.
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewpub - Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow in color with a medium foamy white head that held up for a while. Some small lacing on the glass. Aroma is medium of citrus hops with a hint of spice. Flavor is a bit unusual... initially its the classic IPA, with citrus hops and a hint of maltiness. All of that is followed up with a lingering spicy graininess that lingered for a while. While not unpleasent, the effects of the sorghum add to the mystique of the beer... certainly not your average IPA and not intended to be, of course.
MartinT (9653) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2009
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
My Bottom Line:
This sorghum IPA at first wowed with its citrusy, grassy aromatic acrobatics, but then puzzled as strong sorghum flavors battled with the rising hop bitterness, crippling drinkability.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the light yellow haze.
-This is another highly alluring Alchemist hop perfume!
-The finish is a blend of hop bitterness, sorghum idiosyncracies and vagrant tartness. Just not pleasant at all, and VERY long lasting.
-This is a rare miss from The Alchemist in my book; but I know the Celia Framboise is going to be much better...
On tap at the Vermont Brewers’ Fest.