ClarkVV (6893) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Draught samples at the American Beer Fest on 6/16/06.<!-- br -->Very pale yellow, with strong straw tints, slight glassiness of clarity and a foamy, messy white head that provides some light lacing and shows fair retention.<!-- br -->Subtle (or weak, perhaps) hops in the nose reccomend light lemons, spicy grass and rather weak orange juice notes. I get quite a dry feel from it, certainly none of the heavy caramel/crystal malt influence that many American IPAs often show. Clean, without any yeast apparency as well and rather sharp to the nose. Alcohol is not perceived whatsoever.<!-- br -->The dryness noticed in the aroma comes out full-force in the flavor. The hops seem a bit soggy and dismal, with grass, some plastic notes and a bit of lemon rind. A stale, bland, extremely attenuated malt body provides very flimsy backing to the hops and the mouthfeel is tremendously lacking. Almost no malt sweetness/softness and much more in the way of a golden ale. The hops do not seem terribly PNW-like at all, rather it seems like a double or triple hop schedule of budweiser. In all, the beer rather seems like a hoppy budweiser and certainly no IPA. While clean, it is difficult to discern if this is a lager yeast or ale yeast. You would think an ale yeast, but there is almost zero fruitiness. No alcohol is noted in the flavor either. dwyerpg (6454) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Has some pretty good hops in this. The bottle says not for sale all over it. Flavor is not complex up front at all, but has a quite nice bitter finish. Quite a pleasant surprise from AB. thornecb (6089) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2006
On tap - Barking Crab. Pours clear amber into a shaker. Micro head slowly dissipates leaving no lacing. Mild bread and citrus aromas. Very little flavor -- what is there is a mild hop with a lasting off-bitter finish. Sort of non-descript...didn’t order a second. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 10, 2008
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Clear orange pour with not much foam. Aroma is very floral and hoppy with a light touch of sweet malts. Flavor is nice and hoppy at the beginning with a smooth and floral middle and a bitter and lightly sweet finish. Quite nice. boto (2266) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - SEP 15, 2006
Draught: Guest tap at Cambridge House: OK, I did go into this with an open mind. I actually didn’t mind the Winters Bourbon Ale. This was a different story. The beer pours an absolutely clearamber with a twinge of orange to it. The head was very small, and left no lacing. The aroma was a bit weak. It was mainly grassy hops, with a hint of citrus. The taste is a bit off. There was a bit of a bitterness to it, but it was definitely dumbed down. The malt body was a bit thin. There was a dryness to the aftertaste. There was also a bit of a staleness and harshness to the taste. This had to be part of the profile and not being old, since this was tapped last night for a tasting sponsered by A-B and had never left the refrigerator. I have heard that the production recipe is different from the prototype that they put out earlier. What happened to the days of when AB put out Elk Mountain, which actually was half decent. I definitely won’t be buying this one again.
wxman (1853) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2012
On tap at the St Louis Microfest. Not sure this is the same IPA rated by others here, since other ratings are from long ago. Pours a clear golden amber with plenty of sweet caramel malt and smooth yet assertive hop bitterness. A little grapefruit evident as well. once again, proof that aB can make a quality beer of any style, when and if the choose. changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Sampled this on two different occasions while visiting Anheuser-Busch in Merrimack, NH. This is by far my favorite beer from them. Nice copper color with an off-white head and some nice lacing. Citrusy hoppy flavor with some crisp bitterness. Nothing too great but heck, it’s pretty darn good for AB. WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2006
I was disappointed that I did not hate it ... given that it is from A-B and given that the name was originally offensively close to some beers that I really do like, like Victory Hop Devil. Looks good ... a clean, clear golden ale with a small white head. Tastes good ... malt, bitter hops, with some orange citrus. Mouth is thin, but not offensively so. Bitter finish. Not great, but the best Bud I’ve ever had. Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - APR 19, 2008
Got this from a freind whos father is a distributor. Was not expecting much, and was not dissapointed. Orangey, clear pour with little to no head. almost accrid taste, mild to no hop aroma. Only thing good about this was that it finished a bit bitter which i enjoyed a bit. Not For Sale.. Good ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 12, 2006
On tap at the Great Lost bear. Saw a devil’s hand holding a beer and i had to try it (being reminded of Victory’s hop devil) BUT being made by AB i knew i may be in for a disappointment. This isn’t a bad beer though by any means. It’s just nothing special. It’s mostly citrus style hops, and yeah for AB it’s pretty hoppy, but not anywhere near what a hop head would be looking for. Get some cascades in here. We need more hops!