50belair (3643) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Somewhat clear yellow/orange pour with a white head. Pine and citrus hop aromas. Tangy citrus/grapefruit hop notes with a big malty backbone. Honey subtones. Good body and mouthfeel. Zesty. SHIG (4962) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle: Poured a bright copper orange with thin off white head. Aroma is soft juicy hops. Taste is very fresh stick hops bitter with softening malt dry finish. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAR 1, 2014
The appearance is a hazy golden colored body with a one finger white foamy head and has some mild speckled lacing.
The smell has some bitter cooked hops that kinda come through pretty earthy but controlled with a decent backing by the malts.
The taste is bitter but sweet, not combined, just seems to hang there a bit to leave something to be desired. There is a mild malty yet bitter aftertaste with a dry finish.
On the palate, it sits about a light to medium, and comes across as fairly sessionable for the most part. Carbonation is harsh penetrating enough for an AIPA but not so much as a winter warmer.
Overall, this is not a bad beer, but not really a winter warmer, more of an AIPA that I think I would have again depending upon what else is there.
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
Cloudy, bright copper-orange with a small khaki head and good lacing.
Aroma of citrus, floral hops, bread, pine and caramel.
Taste of pine, grapefruit, biscuit, lemon and caramel.
Medium/full body and high/medium carbonization.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone bubbleflubber (2227) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Pours a tea-amber into the glass, with a wispy white head that leaves trace lacing. The nose is of grassy biscuits... with a weird hint of fish.... really weird. Sweet malt upfront, some nuttiness with a peppering bitter finish. The mouthfeel is a bit unilateral in underwhelming activity, not a lot of complexity going on. Maybe it just hit me at the wrong time. Average IPA, nothing standing out about the season or the complexity.
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Draft pour. Clear light amber color with ivory head. Mild, but nice tropical fruit, perfumed light pit fruit, spicy hop aromas. Medium bodied. Nice spicy, tropical fruit hoppy flavors with light pit fruits, on a crystal malt base___nice IPAReid (2539) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Earlier Rating: 12/14/2008 Total Score: 3.7
Clear amber with a fleeting head. Nice piney, grassy hop aroma. Medium body with light carbonation. Good caramel and nutty malt flavors with a strong grassy hop taste in the finish. Nice winter time IPA.
12 oz single from "Lifesource" Salem OR
Pours a slightly hazy golden colour wit a large thick and luxurious head.
Very nice hoppy aromas..mainly spruce/pine and some floral aspects, slight biscuity malt.
Taste is very balanced and sweeter than i thought it would be..a candy sugar sweetness..it mellows a bit but still sweet even to the end.Some hops but not nearly as much as anticipated by the nose.
Palte is fine enough just not good enough to support the near cloying sweetness.
OK beer just way too sweet for my tastes.
NOTE: this says Winterfish Ale under the initial title..but this is not the same as the regular Winterfish Ale i enjoy most years.
even if the alc is the same
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Earlier Rating: 11/21/2006 Total Score: 4.1
12 oz single.
Darkish orange beer with a small off white head, that goes fast, leaving some lace.
Great sweet spicy hop aromas more grapefruit than pine!
Lovelly tasty IPA indeed..great flavors of pink grapefruit and sour berries and a wonderful honeyish sweetness to balance the tartness.
Very nice mouthfeel quite smooth and delictable.
Overall a very very nice IPA.
12oz bottle pours with a slightly hazy deep gold body that supports a dirty white head. The aroma offers up sweet malts, pine hops, a bit of floral hops and then some mild fruity peach and apple notes. The taste begins with a pleasing mix of pine hops, some floral hops, peach, red apple and then some grapefruit citrus hops. It then slides smoothly toward the finish with a pleasing level of flavor and bitter citrus and pine hoppiness. I’m really digging this but it is a bit odd as an IIPA.mansquito (6435) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Earlier Rating: 11/29/2006 Total Score: 3.9
Poured the 12oz bottle into my cozy 16oz tumbler. The brew was copper in color and had a thin off white head. The aroma was freshly cut sweet tangelo or some apricot-grapefruit combo. Pungent. Behind the sweetness also lurks the more tart grapefruitiness of the hops. Tastes a lot like it smells. The sweet grapefruit flavor is so fresh it seems like there should be a wedge of it struggling to stay afloat in the beer. As the flavor progresses the sweetness of the grapefruit becomes more tart. At the same time the light malts begins to make an appearance. But the malts appear to be just the garnish next to the hoppy main course.
Total Wine, McLean 12oz: Pours copper with a white head. Aroma is piny, citrusy, with some malty backbone. Taste is hoppy, but mostly in a very bitter way. Kind of cloying without even being all that sweet. I don’t know, but perhaps my mood was not right for this beer, for I did not enjoy it very much. raphael (1254) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2013
orange lemon hoppiness like summer, flowery. thicker than I expected, but that’s good, citrus supplemented with leather & caramel, smooth balance, clear darkish yellow with modest off white head. maybe too balanced, for my own edgy leanings. well done in its frame.
Earlier Rating: 11/21/2006 Total Score: 3.7
sharply citrus hops. head thin and quickly gone. flattish and dense in the mouth, some good aroma escaping. my tongue is quickly numbed, grapefruit peeling, vague sense of honey. quite visceral. sugar-alcohol warming. sense the malt more by the weight than what my tongue can see. the hops keeps echoing in the finish.