Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
On cask at Rustico - Alexandria. Served in a pint glass.
Pour brings a reddish-hued copper-colored brew with a very slight white head. Given that it’s a full glass, I drank it down a bit and swirled. Not much head creation--just a few bubbles that didn’t last for all that long. The nose was a bit plain with some moderate floral and herbal hops and a bit of bready malt beneath. The taste was interesting with a rather potent front-end bitterness without any real hop flavor or bitterness in the finish, though it was fairly dry. Feel consisted of a medium body with moderate levels of carbonation. Not a bad beer, but nothing too special about it.
Serving type: cask
Reviewed on: 01-27-2011 birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Deep copper with a white, two-finger head. Excellent lacing.
Pine and citrus aromas. Solid melted caramel malt aroma too. Hops aren’t huge in the smell.
Nicely sweet with a bitter twang. Hops are evenly balanced with sweet malts. Hops have pine and juicy grapefruit. Subtle hops but they provide a very juicy mix with the malts. Aftertaste is dry from the malts not the hops. BeerandBlues2 (13304) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Tap. Pours clear copper with an average, creamy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toasted), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of apricot. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of apricot. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry and biting finish. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
04-Aug-08 and 28-Sep-08 (12-oz bottles, Enjoy by October, 2008: Free sample bottles for stewarding the 2008 World Beer Cup in San Diego, CA) Upon pouring this slightly hazy, golden-amber beer, the mildly aromatic nose is malty, caramely, a little sweet-smelling and fruity, with dusty, earthy hops in the background. On the palate, the entry is decidedly malty and caramely with moderate sweetness level and lightly bitter, resiny hops. But almost immediately, the hops become more assertive and eclipse the malty backbone, coming across as quite earthy, but also much more piney and weedy than the aroma suggests. But over time, the nose changes, offering more of that earth and resiny pine aroma, especially the latter. Medium-full in body and medium in carbonation, the bitterness and finishing dryness from the hops keeps the palate clean and refreshed. The modest, chill-induced haziness clears up completely as the beer warms. The inch-tall layer of off-white head gradually settles to a thin, but complete cap. Random patches, rings and strands of lacing decorate a large portion of the glass. All in all, this is a nicely balanced and reasonably complex IPA, very flavorful and quite enjoyable despite the slight "green" weediness of the finish. The solid malt base is always important for a hoppy IPA, maintaining the requisite balance, but in this case, it also brings focus toward the impressively balanced flavors, preventing one from getting stuck on the slight weediness of the finish. A solid IPA. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2011
(12oz can, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, pine, earth, and grass. Flavor of caramel malt, pine, and grass with a moderately bitter finish.
blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2011
canned, thanks to dkachur in trade, orange amber color with piney malt and hop aroma, flavor of citrus, some metallic , bitter finish DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Poured into a snifter.
4.0 A: Clear medium orange color. About one finger of creamy off-white head. Average retetion but lots of lacing.
4.0 S: Very nice. Overall, very clean with a great usage of yeast. Grassy and citrusy hops. Some hints of orange and mango. Neutral malts with some toffee.
4.0 T: Overall pretty neutral, but also earthy and slightly grainy. Soft moderate hop bitterness with herbal and slightly citrusy flavor. Again, this is incredibly clean. Nothing mind blowing, but tasty.
4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be a bit creamier, but overall pretty good.
5.0 D: This is incredibly easy to drink. I could have tons of them with no qualms. Not stunning in terms of taste or mouthfeel, but good enough and so clean that it’s impossible to hate.
Serving type: can
Reviewed on: 08-06-2010 02:56:45 Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2011
12oz can - thanks to Blutt59
Decent amount of fresh pine aroma - smells better than it tastes. Nothing really stands up, the bitterness, citrus, and pine flavors are all there - just not enough of them. Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2010
64 oz growler
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Thanks to Santa for sending this surprise at the bottom of a well packaged present. Knowing the lifespan of an IPA in this form I had someone over to share it. I’m glad as otherwise some would have gone to waste. A beer this good is too amazing to sit overnight and oxidize. I hadn’t heard of Blue Mountain before but this puts it on the map for me.
Aroma / Appearance - Highly carbonated and sparkling the bronze body and vanilla creamy head like the topping on a frosted cookie. Pine, spruce, and maple sweeten the air like a spring sunrise. It almost smells like a woodshop after a hard day’s work.
Flavor / Palate - Maple syrup, pine, and then a smooth bitter aftertaste warms the throat. There’s not much depth but I was not expecting too much. I could see putting down a pint or two of this at lunch. It wouldn’t be completely impossible to finish a growler but the sheer volume would be overwhelming. Just thinking about this beer makes me want to figure out how to get more.
bottle. deep golden pour with a 1/4" white head. citrus / floral hop nose. medium body with hop resins, citrus notes, deep floral bitterness and layers of orange peel. bitter finish with more citrus notes. good carbonation. soft palate. enjoyable IPA.