heminator (72) - Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Given that this beer hails from Michigan, obviously takes itís name from the famous Hemingway short story Big Two Hearted River about a man returning from World War I who is working through his personal wartime trauma on a camping and fishing trip in the Wolverine state. Exept this being Hemingway, everything is so plainly laid out none of this obvious at first. The story slowly unfolds and the truth is somewhere between the lines. Which makes this beer a lot like Hemingwayís proseóitís incredibly crisp, greater than the sum of its parts, and very compelling.
tron3000atl (72) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Smooth well balanced ipa. Fruity and floral hop aroma, taste is fruity and spicy and awesome well balanced by malt. This is incredibly easy to drink, finishes clean and lovely and asks that you drink more. yum. kaiho (71) - - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle from an American friend. Instant attack of hops on the nose from the moment of opening. Beautiful straw color with persistent light white head. Intensely bitter without tons of caramel sweetness on the back like some IPAs get. This is a quintessential American craft IPA. Canít go wrong with this if looking for the style. Does not taste of its abv, another indication of balance.
Aromas of pine, dank pineapple and light citrus. Jjg226 (71) - Staten Island, New York, USA - APR 16, 2013
Pours a golden amber with thick, white head. Wonderful floral aroma with hints of citrus and pine. Great balance between spicy hops and sweet, malty backbone. Dare I say that this ale is the quintessential American IPA? It's certainly my favorite!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Oogiee (71) - Taipei, TAIWAN - MAR 9, 2014
bread, floral, citrus, spruce, earthy, tangerine,orange, red, golden, hazy, white foam, medium bitterness, lightly sour, umami, medium body, lively,
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
bottle: straight poured into a tulip glass, creating a large white frothy head. light gold (i like gold) cloudy from a good amount of sediment floating in the glass. Smells of a mellow hop, floral, citrusy aroma. There is no incredible hop explosion from this ipa..Fairly carbonated ale, with somewhat of a thin to moderate mouth feel, and a fruity aftertaste. well balanced, but I think i was biased in thinking that it would be bombastic..chill rowefam3 (70) - kendallville, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2007 I forgot how good this really was. The aroma is so fresh and hoppy with floral in the bakground. Huge frothy head. Lacing stays around for the experience. Taste is refreshing with the hops coming through evenly. Canít wait to have this one on the first snow day in northern Indiana. TappanGordo (70) - New York, USA - JUN 1, 2014
From a growler. Citrus and pine. Light amber in color. Not an overpowering flavor, just well balanced. darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Magnificent head. Orange color slightly cloudy. The aroma is incredible. Not sure if I smell flowers or grapefruit or both. Just the right amount of malt and hops for me. Donít think Iíve ever had anything this perfect. Everything an IPA should be. This may be my new favorite. PhysZac (69) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2006
First, this is one of the few beers Iíve had both on tap and bottle. Tap is so so so much better. On to the beer: amber nice carbonation. Lots of grapefruit on the nose and tongue. Intense citrus bitterness is bigger than the sweet sugary sweetness, but is well balanced. Lingering bitterness is pleasant and not at all overpowering. One of my favorite IPAs.