viverlee (18) - - JAN 10, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013
I get it. If you’re not experimenting, you’re not trying. It’s not avant-garde. It won’t make the beer magazine cover. Still, I can’t wrap my head around these sugar-sweet IPAs.
STYLE: American IPA
LOOK: Root beer float head, it comes quick. Looks a lot like Buffalo Bill’s Alimony Ale. There’s a nice roasted color beneath it all, if it would just come down so I can drink the stubborn thing. It defines retention.
NOSE: Flat Christmas cookies. One-dimensional.
MOUTH: Brown sugar and gingerbread, especially on the lips. Malt for days, a hit of copper bitterness right in the middle. The texture is there, clinging in the right spots for the right amount of time. It just isn’t calling me back for more.
Beeradvocate Rating: 74
ratebeer Rating: 28
Hayward Abbey Rating: 72
Dal9000 (552) - Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
At Lager and Vines in Medina. Initial soft city's hops with a sweet caramel finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy
Iphonephan (6551) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draft at Brew Kettle in Ohio. Pours a cloudy amber with an off white head. Woody aroma. Very malty for an IPA with a hint is smoke. Mild bitter finish
Pailhead (6529) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, light fruit, and floral hops. It pours a transparent dark amber with a two finger orange-tinted off-white head that has good retention and leaves behind a lot of soapy lacing. The flavor starts with moderate-heavy sweet caramel and fruit. The finish has some citrus and lightly floral hops. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, this is hedonistically an okay beer (think American Strong Ale). Rating to style, this is a horrible IPA. It’s too sweet and not hoppy enough .
EapDdw (2) - - APR 24, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is best taken from the freezer and poured slowly in to a tulip glass. I think you have to be careful not to shake too much or it has too much foam...but over all this is one of my favorite IPAs of all. It goes really well with all settings and meals!
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a murky brown-red color with a very small foamy head that quickly fades. Aroma is sugary and floral. Maltier than it should be. Taste is not very good. Light sugary malt up front that quickly turns very bitter. Flavor is lacking, light floral hops and not much else. Reminds me of my first homebrew batch that did not turn out well.
BVery (9943) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2013
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap at the Pub in the Cleveland airport. Not as hoppy of aroma as you might expect. Very unbalanced bitter taste. Not well made at all.
JStax (5761) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 ounce bottle shared. The beer is a clear orange color with a white head of foam. The aroma is strongly malty and resinous. The taste is like an over extracted malty sweetness. Almost cringeworthy. Possibly the least hoppy IPA I have had. Maybe it was an old bottle, but I could not locate a bottled date to verify. Medium body and on the higher end of the carbonation spectrum.
ryanfolty (2456) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
May 15, 2013 - tap at The Pub in the Cleveland airport. Brownish orange with really no head by the time I got it. Aroma was citrus hops and malt. Taste started with the citrus hops, then sweet malt and finished with a mild floral bitterness. Medium body and slight carbonation. Waitress said it was really hoppy so I prepared for the worst, but that was not the case at all.
sloth (2844) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2013
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Popped the top and it took off. Transferring to the glass, quickly yields a lot of foam and little liquid. Amber/brown colored IPA. Nose is weird. Lots of CO2 and some medicinal notes. Fizzy, sticky mouthfeel, astringent. Soured, funky flavors. Obviously, BAD. Sucks.