checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Bottle: Poured a dark amber with a small white head. The aroma was pine and grass. The flavor was sweet malts, pine, and a touch of hops. An easy drinker but average for the style. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Floral, light earth, a touch lactic, and some caramel notes on the nose. Pours hazy amber with a big creamy head, something a little reminiscient of an infection. Soft tartness, buggy, earthy, light floral hops. Kind of muted throughout with a noticeable unintended tartness. Rather carbonated as well. Not my favorite, would like to try without problematic aspects. alobar (3801) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Dark amber color with a slightly off-white head. Lots of head-very carbonated. Good lacing. Floral grassy aroma. Flavor is quite weak. Some caramel and pine with a hint of hop bitterness. Lacks the character of a good IPA. obxdude10 (2324) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2010
It’s almost a shame this brewer calls this beer an IPA. It has minimal qualities of a good IPA. It pours a dark amber color with virtually no head, but the lacing is good. The aroma is just about faint, with only a small amount of floral hops and earthy malt. The body is rather light and a little too carbonated. The flavors are mildly bland, with only a small hint of hops, along with some bready and earthy malts. The finish features more spicy and floral hops, but just not enough to satisfy my hop craving for a good IPA. I think our/their commerical description tells the real tale of this beer; it’s not aggressively hopped and the bitterness is held in check. That, unfortunately in my view, certainly describes this IPA. It’s not hopped as well as it could have and the the bitterness, dryness and spiciness isn’t what it could be. If Bavarian Barbarian was going for a beginners market in IPA, they may have found it. But with us hop-heads, they missed the mark. Maybe they should try a West Coast or DFH inspired IPA or DIPA. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 3, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy deeper orange with a large foamy white head that left sticky lacing. Aroma of nice orange and
citrus hop notes, caramel and lightly toasted sweet malts. Flavor of toasted malt, moderate hop bitterness, grapefruit, pine an caramel. Some earthy/yeast character as well.
italianjohn (3145) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Deep amber pour lots of creamy off white head lacingaroma of sweet malt and citrus hops ... sweet malt taste with a fruity citrusy hop flavor as well balanced with a finishing hop aftertaste ... a good simple ipa which if your a hop head like I am can be a disappointment, but its a nice english style ipa abv hidden well Sammy (12212) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2009
On tap at the brewery. A fine IPA, with lots of lace. Phoenix, Nugget and Pilgram hops. Some fruitiness, citrus. Drying but 44 IBU English style is appreciated. The clear winner here. They are tweaking it for hopheads and therefore sales, however I would get a hold of this while you can. Good drinkability. afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazy dark amber with a half-inch of lasting off-white head. Smells very "English" with notes of toast, nuts, and grass. The flavor is fruity and otherwise bland. Subtle hints of strawberry and mango. Definitely not your typical IPA. Balanced bitterness and a hint of sour. Dry throughout with a lasting finish. Not what I would reach for when I want an IPA but not bad, just very different. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Pours a dark cloudy amber/copper color with light golden orange hues and visible carbonation bubbling up and a one finger yellowish beige head with good retention that leaves sporadic rings of lacing.
Floral hoppy aroma with a caramel malt backbone and some dry piny and citrus notes.
Slightly dry with subtle pine and citrusy lemon peel and grapefruit balanced by a caramel malt backbone that is slightly sweet. Dry finish. DocLock (10706) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle from Wegman’s Williamsport. Pours turbid ruddy dark straw with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is fruity, malty, with hops and earthy notes. The flavor is heavy malt, earthy, hopcitric, with figgy fruit but an overall somewhat dry and earthy experience. Decent richness and complexity.