SaintMatty (7559) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2009
330ml Bottle (Villi Waino, Helsinki) - Gold/amber in colout. Enticing aroma with grapefruit, tea and a hint of peaches in syrup. Hoppy and slightly sweet taste, with grapefruit, tea and a sweet, bitter and hoppy finish. VertBaconStrips (2408) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - JUN 15, 2009
Poured out a light burnt orange brew with a subpar sized off white cap and the standard ropy lacing. The aroma overall is not strong but subdued. Oranges, grapefruit and pine are the most dominant aromas but there may be a light woodiness and something else that keeps this from being really enjoyable. With that said, it is slightly different than the standard offering. Taste initially seems softer, dark and sweet but then the hops come roaring in. They are not overpowering but seem to have some extra bitter quality - interesting. Some odd spice is there along with some heavier than normal malts, and weak citrus fruits for the style - maybe even some peaches. Mouthfeel seems thick but smooth. Hard to even say that when you get steamrolled by a truckload of killer hop aftertaste. The carbonation is extremely fine. The aftertaste also has lingering flavour something like spearmint. I prefer my IPA’s more fruity which should make this well below average on my personal scale but it’s just different enough to keep it afloat. I think I have better options for IPA’s. AcctError76287 (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2009
bottle. bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Pours a clear light copper color, tin half inch of white head; despite small size head, lasts for a while and leaves plenty of lace. Nose of spice and pepper, cut flowers, and some bright citrus orange and lemon notes. Hardly any percieved sweetness in the aroma. Flavor starts with sharp, spicy bitterness. Lots of black pepper, some grapefruit, and some noble spicy floral hop notes. Plenty of hop character, hardly any sweetness for balance. Palate is sharp and aggressive, suffering a bit from the heavy peppery spice. Overall, an interesting take on a classic style IPA, though not the most enjoyable brew.
Bottle at McRaney’s. Orangy amber. Very citrus and floral hop aroma. Not great but not bad. Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 8, 2009
Beer looks to be the same color of clean motor oil with a slight haze to it, a 1” rocky crown was produced and it as ok retention. There is something about the color of the brew that seems a little off to me it looks a touch to yellow it is hard to explain. Aroma is fairly mild with the hops is most noticeable as they should be, lots of floral notes and sweet caramel type malts. For an IPA the aroma is a little too passive it’s not aggressive enough for me this would be a wicked smelling American pale ale but to weak for this IPA. Mouth feel nice and smooth, good carbonation and doesn’t feel thin. Taste is much better than the aroma, aggressive hops, a unique lemon lime flavor witch I have never come across before, pine, and lots of very rich malts. Very easy drinking brew I can see myself drinking tons of this it seems to go down easier than most other IPA’s
GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Light amber pour with a white head. Citrusy hops and a tad bit malty. Flavor is the opposite. More malt flavor than hops. Leaves a slight hop flavor at the end. Lacing on the glass. It was alright. Drake (14109) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2009
12 ounce bottle from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a thin head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is malty with caramel and citrus hops. Taste is bitter, leafy hops with a nutty caramel note. Medium bodied. Best by June 2009. beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Pours darker golden brown with minimal head. I get hops on the aroma, a bitter smell from the hops and a bit of malt there. On the palate up front I get hops, subtle malt and really not much else. I guess it is doing what it should to an extent for an IPA, but not much else. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Purchased at Ross Deli in Lakewood as part of a mixed 12 pack. The aroma here is a nice slightly buttery malt with a good helping of citrus. The flavor follows with that buttery malt, but the bitterness doesn’t lend itself to it as well as I would like. It comes off too crisp, but in a dry and bring manner. It could use a little sweetness to liven this up. ZR2Blazer (87) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Bottle - Pours light amber with low white head. Aroma is nice, typical of IPA, not as strong as some, and very smooth. I think this is one of the less stronger IPA’s. It is very drinkable, a nice intro to IPA’s. Aftertaste has a little lingering carbonation taste. Hops in the aftertaste dissipates faster that most IPA’s. Overall nice brew.