TomTron (462) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2014 Troobie99 (60) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2002
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Sampled Nov 2000) Honey-colored, cloudy, off white, slightly limp head. Lemon-sharp hops in the nose. Astringent with English hops, caramel boost to give it a bit of complexity and a note of candy. Nice beer.
Pours a clear copper with a minimal white head. Faint earthy hop aroma. Tastes more like an hoppy pilsner or a weak pale ale, but as an IPA this just doesn’t cut it. It severely lacks any hop character any IPA should possess and not much else holds up very well in any other part of this brew. Must say my first offering from Casco Bay is a disappointing one. PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2013
This is Casco Bay IPA, from the Casco Bay 12er variety pack I just picked up in Western, MA. Not sure why I cant find it, but this seems close enough. Abv reads 5.75%, aroma is muddled soil, grass, and hay, overall a complex farm like musty ipa. head is large and forthcoming, very nice, and holds up nicely as the brew settles. Taste is not overaly hoppy, maybe a tad more than a pale ale, no realy hop bite, but for a sessionable ipa this one can gravatate towards enjoyment as its composure still carries a microbrew mentality. Color is burnt oragne and bronzed cheddar cheese. Mouth feel is medium/full and carriers thoughout. Overall i was hoping for more bite and hopfullness in this, but rathers its a mellow ipa that grows on you as its sipped. Not that bad, but not that great either. VTHopHead (1513) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Bottle - Amber/brown in color with a good white head. Needs more hops; not nearly enough for a decent IPA. Decent drinking beer, but not sure I would buy again. kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2003
Thick, white, lasting head on a light amber body. Grassy, herbal hop aroma w/ a light caramel. Hoppy, burnt, roasted malt flavor w/ little fruitiness...very little. Seemingly well balanced, but a little too well for an IPA. Hop flavor is low and there's not much complexity. Bitterness is way to low for an IPA as well. This might work better as an American Amber if it had more crystal/caramel malt character. Body is watery, and it's over carbonated for IPA, as well as lacking alcohol. Again, this might work better as an American Amber. JCW (1279) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2003
Prett good IPA. Its fairly balanced for an IPA. Malty. Hops are almost pepperish. Bitter, dry finish.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 11, 2003
Thick, foamy white head sits atop a yellow/brown, slightly cloudy color. Aroma is yeasty and hoppy, with a faint but distinctive note of black olive (I know, strange, but I definitely smell it). Flavor is smooth early on, with a hoppy midsection and a medium bitter finish. This is alright overall, but nothing particularly good. Could use some more malt perhaps, or maybe a little sweetness, to balance out the bitter finish. Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2002
Ugh. this one was very disappointing. Tasted like dirt and dirty laundry. some hop character, but overwhelmed by ickyness. Panzuriel (2446) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2002
Hmmmm, I didn't like this one all too much. I think my bottle was a little old. Good aroma, nice color, but just a musty taste. Not nearly as good as some other people's experiences with this brew. krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2002
(southern accent here please): i received a calling. yes i did. to provide the ratebeer sactified brethren with the first testimonial for this glorious IPA, praise be to bacchus! i bear the good news gospel that this is a kick ass, uh, i mean, most exalted beer. golden as the grail, some haze. upon tasting, i spoke a curious message in tongues, perhaps some member of the flock could translate: 'yubba dubba doooo'(okay, enough televangist) creamy white upholstery on top is plush and holds up to considerable wear and tear. loquacious aroma of grapefruit, bamboo (y'know, like stuff at the pier one), and yet even some bread notes emerge from a sound underlying malt structure. almost tart, lively carbonation, on the dry side, loooooong pleasing bitter finish. ace beer, one does suspect divine intervention. ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUL 4, 2002
Had a few bottles of this IPA prior to warming up the grill. Pours a clear sparkling
copper. The generous tight creamy off-white head is fully lasting with good lacing. The
fresh clean nose is roasted malt, spicy resinous hops, and the smallest hint of dried fruit,
and dough. The brew starts flowery with a moderate acidity and finishes with heavy
bitterness. This ale has nice depth and complexity. The finish is long and very rich as I
would expect from a good IPA. The medium body is both creamy and lively with a nice
dry finish. Very well done.