Iphonephan (6985) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2016 NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy, although the bottle was stored cold for some time and carefully poured - still OK. Very deep amber (almost brown) with a thick cream colored head that lasts. The aroma is of earthy and lightly citrusy hops backed by a soft caramel malt. It’s full bodied, but with a zesty mouthfeel from a high level of carbonation. The malt flavor is much fuller than suggested by the aroma, and the hops take a backseat in flavor but not in bitterness. A little rough around the edges. The finish is quite dry and hoppy. Overall, a very nice beer.
On draft at the brewpub. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Aroma of pine. Flavors of mandarin orange and caramel. Moderately bitter finish. zizzybalubba (1868) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2016
22 oz. bottle purchased at Buckeye Brewing Co.’s Tapstack, Cleveland, OH. Dark orange pour with a short off-white head. Aroma of wet grass, faint citrus, and damp pale malt. Decent flavor with hop forward tangerine and grassy hops but there is plenty of sweet, almost sugary, caramel and toffee malt to be found as well. A little too sweet for an IPA as far as I am concerned but by no means a bad beer. pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Aroma: Rich floral and resin hops.
Appearance: Light amber with a light head.
Taste: Medium bitterness throughout.
Palate: Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation, soft finish.
Overall: This is interesting. There’s big aroma of hops, but in the flavor, it’s mellowed and much more drinkable than many of the more acerbic IPA offerings. The balance is intriguing, and there’s enough there to catch my attention. sturmthis (1149) - Bavaria, GERMANY - SEP 5, 2015
On draft. Cooper color with one finger head. Citrus and slight caramel aroma. Taste is similar with some floral in there too. baraciisch (3234) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Caramel in color... Minimal hop aroma... Nice malty flavor, decent hop balance... Not terribly hoppy but a decent IPA
Ron (3956) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle brought back from Ohio. Orange pour with large fluffy off-white head. Citrus hop and caramel aroma. Caramel malts balanced well with the hop bitterness in the taste. Good clean bitter and toast in the finish. alexsdad06 (10389) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2014
22 oz. bottle from notes. Pours a hazy deep amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor had floral hops, lightly toasted bready malts, caramel, orange citrus, hints of pine, grapefruit. Medium bodied. Better than I thought this would be as I may have found a pretty fresh bottle. falco242 (398) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Hate to say it but just not my cup of tea. Lots of malt and sweetness and just wasn’t looking for that. Not super toasted but a bitter finish. Ok overall. RamyG4 (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Bottle thanks to fatknitty. Pours a mostly clear copper-amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma is citrus, some tropical fruit, fruit-flavored candy, and some bready malt. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter, quite malty. Bitter finish. Nice, big, atypical IPA. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Wow... this beer had a freakishly active level of carbonation. It took a half hour to pour this beer before my wife and I were able to drink it. It looks slightly hazy, with a dark/medium pale orange color and an off-white, wickedly billowy head. The lacing is thick and frothy, and looks like it’s sticking to the glass with super glue.
The nose is clean and lightly hopped with somewhat fruity, with Cascade hops dominating. Gently. In the mouth, well, I’m actually feeling a little let down here. My wife thinks it’s skunky, but I think it’s just... odd. Cascade greets the tongue as it enters the mouth, followed closely behind by rich caramel malts. Its body feels just a little too full, and it makes that caramel feel very heavy on the palate. It’s good, don’t get me wrong, but where it seems odd to me is mostly in the finish, which is bitter - just lacking. There’s definitely a strong yeast character that seems to have stuck around. Most likely this excessive yeast was also to blame for the beer’s excessive carbonation.
Maybe a thinner body and higher alcohol would help... or maybe less caramel malts. Or maybe a different yeast strain. I’m not sure, exactly, where this is off, but it could go in a few directions for improvement. It’s definitely a heavy IPA. Good, but misses the mark.