solidfunk (9741) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2017 UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Long line at Buffalo Beer Fest for this. Amber hue capped by off white head with good retention. Nose is of citrus and pine. Taste follows with addition of a caramel malt body. Has a bit of chalk and soap too. It would be a good beer if they could figure that out.
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2017 Doesnt quite achieve the drinkable level like Flint water. Actually tastes smoky. Bitter finish. Strange. Got this for a buck on discount at ABC. Bill Becker (2012) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 20, 2017
From Aug 2008
I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!
Nice slightly hazy golden amber in colour with a 1 finger head of foam. Good lacing.
The smell has a lot of different hoppy characteristics with fruity-citrus, grassy, and floral notes. There's some malt there as well but it's really faint to my nose.
The taste is bitterly harsh. Grapefruit, grass, spice, a faint bready malt presence just before the finish, err...this one is tres bitter and it actually puts some heat on the back of my throat.
It's light bodied and the carbonation is medium. It finishes with big bitterness and a slightish fruity tartness the latter of which I favour.
Btw, head retention is pretty good.
Overall, this is a decidedly difficult brew for me. I don't get any balance at all and the flavours go into territory that my palate doesn't like. Oh well, I'm still glad I got a chance to try it.
Ernest (7890) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2016
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is light amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (sugar cookie, toasted grain), moderately hoppy (apricot). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
The aroma is pleasant with cookie-ish malt and apricoty-peachy fruity hops. The sugars linger just a tad too long in the finish, and the mouthfeel is pretty average (watery, almost syrupy), but ultimately it’s a nice enough mouth experience. Purty good. ganache (6089) - New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2016
Bottle. Pours a pretty bright golden out of the neck but picks up significant orange hues in the glass, clear with medium carbonation and a jiggling off-white head, lace. Caramel and dough in the nose, not much vegetal but the hops have leaned away somewhat from citrus and juice; amazing to say, though, that it’s the malt profile of an IPA drawing me in for the first sip. Taste semi-dry but drying to "quite" or "rather", heavy earth and caramel, medium-strong bitterness, soap-like cleansing power over the suddenly-thin caramel, some mild resin and medium pine, minimized PNW characteristics, but the whole thing seems caught in some sort of pattern buffer. Soft medium-full body, again the malt is the main calling card, greener hops in the aftertaste but there really is something appealing here, a certain nimbleness amidst the flab that makes me crave another. And even another! [2016.04.09: 3.2] unclemike (3197) - Junction City Kansas, Kansas, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Poured a clear deep gold with a small white head. The aroma is fairly floral with just a little sweet almost sugary caramel malt sticking out. Some citrus under that. The hop flavor is earthy with some citrus. Cereal and caramel notes. Light bodied with a dry liight but long bitterness
Claves77 (260) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Mild aroma, pale weak color. Nice flavor, resembles session ale, not very heavy or hoppy. Ok, but not what I would reach for. LetsGoState (914) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Appearance is medium white head with amber color. Aroma is mostly citrus hops. Taste has medium bitterness with a nice citrusy balance. Overall a nice IPA. srwalker155210 (108) - Port Orange, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Not nasty, not great. Closer to the bottom than the middle - just not my favorite. Little flavor, little taste. Definitely non offensive, but it's not my thing.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone HourGlass13 (1101) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Pours a light orange color with a small off white head. Aroma is odd. Like some stale fruit and citrus hops with pale malt. Taste is super dry and fruity with some malt coming through. Kinda tastes like a fruity cereal. Semi dry finish with a hop aftertaste. OK freekyp (2470) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2015
An IPA that evokes warm summer Caribbean mango flavors. Pine and resin and eve citrus are dialed back allowing a hearty island fruit melanfe to shine through in both aroma and flavor. Pours light golden with a frothy white head. On the thinner side, but is appropriate for the style they are targeting.