beernbourbon (1590) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Bottle. Pour is dark cloudy orange with a smaller white head. Aroma is faint rotten pumpkin, pine hop, light malt, and light toffee. Flavor is a bit more watery than expected, lightly hoppy, light black pepper, light malt. Light lots of faint flavors. It’s extremely drinkable, it leaps into my belly. The flavor is more enjoyable with every sip, just a bit light. Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2009
12 oz bottle from trade. Poured a light copper color with a big, fluffy white head which left huge chunks of lacing on the glassware. Aroma was mild citrus hop with some light pine and a decent backing of caramel malt. Flavor was a little tame for a West Coast hop head like myself, muted citrus and pine hops with a little too much malt. Not terrible, but not my favorite type of IPA. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Bottle and served in GI IPA tulip: Coppery hue with a big fluffy off-white head which left excellent lacing, yep it is bottle conditioned alright, lots of floaties in my pour. The aroma heavy juicy fruit gum, lots of citric notes as well as grassy and herbal vapours, biscuity and caramel malts, and a hint of mineral water. The taste is not nearly as hoppy as the nose let on, much more in balance of acidic fruity hops and sweet malts. Minor peppery hop spice finish. The mouth feel is lively and crisp, good body for style and a tad chewy with the floaties. All in all it is a solid IPA for sure jjkuck10 (66) - , Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Apperance is strong red-orange color with off-white/tan head. Aroma is hoppy with some malt, some pine, grassy, and citrus as well. Taste is malty with strong hoppy flavor, some sweet early on of carmel and toasted grain, moving to a bitter finish. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2009
bottle. Reddish orange pour. Caramel malt aroma with medium citrusy hop aroma. Taste is more malty but has nice hop presence. Pinet & citrusy hops. Sessionable ipa
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Copper red with a medium tan head, slowly fading tan head that leaves splotched of lace. Aroma of citrus hops and crystal malt with some mild pine mixed in. Taste of heavy grapefruit, citrus hops, herbal hops and caramel. Fairly sweet but not overly cloying and finishes up with moderate bitterness. Solid, though not spectacular. Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Pours a deep amber color with a frothy, thick, white head. Great lacing is left on the glass from the beer. Aroma has a pungent citrus and pine hop note, sweet malt and pineapple aromas with some caramelized, roasted malt notes at the end. Flavor is very full with a great citrus and pine bitterness, a great roasted malt flavor comes through in the middle with a smooth caramel malt sweetness at the end. Density is very good and mouth feel is smooth from the low, fine carbonation. Great lacing from this brew on the glass. A very fine IPA for a thirst quenching beer. DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Bottle. Hazy pumpkin colored pour, medium carbonation. Very bitter hops aroma and some citrus. Flavor was generic hops, malts, and nothing special to separate it from other IPA’s. Decent beer, but nothing special FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2010 No bottle date; Sampled May 2009ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2009
A solid pour produces a fat two-finger thick, light tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet glass. The beer is a dark amber, really plum color that shows hazy, light cherry color when held up to the light. The aroma is crystal malt dominated with stick caramelized malt sugars, a biscuit-like toastiness and even a bit of sweet tea aromas coming through. A touch of grassy, slightly herbal hop character is noticeable in the finish, but you really have to dig around to notice it underneath the heavy crystal malt notes. The nose on this beer has a nice, chewy malt character to it, but the hop character is just lame and a huge let down for a mild Pale Ale, much less an IPA.
A bit fizzy as it hits the tongue, the beer is not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests. The beer has a herbal, sometimes menthol like hop note that lightly flavors the beer and there is a bitterness in the finish that is somewhat consumed by the up front malt character during most of the flavor profile, but it does come out a bit more in the lingering, dry finish. Crystal malt derived flavor dominate in the second sip with sweet tea flavors, dry but caramelized malt notes, and a solid biscuit like malt toasted note. The beer has a medium fullness to it that is a bit heavier and chewier than I like in an IPA
Definitely a huge let down, this is a perfect example of a mildly hoppy Amber Ale, but I was really hoping for an IPA. There are not off flavors it is just too focused on crystal malt derived flavors.
Bottle. Citrusy floral hop aroma. Can’t really tell the color because I’m drinking it out of a styrofoam cup and because the yellowish, off-white head is pillowy enough that you can’t see through it. Flavor is very well balanced, with a solid sweetness offset by a very solid hop backbone. This brew is grossly underrated.