durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2010
Bottle shared by JCB. Thanks, Jason. Pours darker than expected (coppery) with a generous beige head. Aroma is barely hoppy--much sweeter than expected with some dark fruits, even toffee. Similar taste, with the focus more on the malt sweetness than the hops. Slick, light palate. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Bottle from BeerBunker. Thanks! Nose is sweet and fruity, almost like English Barley Wine light. Some darker fruits, toffee, caramel, earthy hop notes as well. Pours darker than most IPA’s - dark copper, nice head, decent lace. The flavor starts with a mix of fruity sweetness and earthy mild hop bitterness, caramel, toffee, light tropical fruity/sugary notes - which appears to be palm sugar most likely, some moderate floral notes. Medium earthy bitterness in the finish. Smooth, somewhat sweeter than expected, but nice to drink. BelgianBeerGal (4140) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Traded bottle with the burgundy wax...because somehow wax makes the beer taste better; but I digress. Pours a clear, dark brown and bronze colour. A small off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma started huge with resinous hops but fades pretty quickly to include some of the sweeter malt notes. Nice, well balanced flavour that is far from a hop bomb. Nice bitterness lingering after the finish. mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Pours red amber with off white medium head. Aroma is caramel, sweet malt, nuts, rye maybe and subtle hops. Taste is a toasty caramel, sweet malt, nuts again with a backbone of bittering hops in the finish. Probably a different beer when first released, but a nice English style IPA nonetheless, TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2010
22 oz bottle. Clear brown with a frothy beige head. Nose is orange and strawberry with a touch of grapefruit. Medium light with a buzz. Starts with toffee and apple. Citrus peel leads to crunching pine bitterness.
StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2010
650 ml bottle courtesy of Honkeybra. This is a burgundy wax brewers whim bottle. Thanks Andrew. pours a cloudy amber-brown color with a medium foamy off-white head that has great retention and some lacing. The aroma’s are soft with toffee, breads, and some earthy yeast. The flavor is hops forward with bitter walnuts in the forefront, and rye breads, toffee, and caramel filling in the sides and back. The palate is a silky smooth, the carbonation is prickly. Finishes long and biter with lingering biter walnuts and some pine. Overall: Once again this brewery exceeds my mile high expectations, a beer to remember. drfabulous (8486) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 11, 2010
Growler thanks to Jarrett. Malty English style IPA. Nice, sugary taste and backbone. Thin body. Malty. Good take if not an intense take. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2010
Bottle via Miketd. Pours an amber brown body with a yellow off white head. Aromatics are citrus, pine, dusty hop tones, dank malt tones, and a mild grapefruit dryness. A viney mineral herbal body, light earth and soft hop resins. Roast y caramel malt bill, hints of tea and a light roast y hop character. Nice. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2010
Bottle thanks rcieasla via mikeTD. Mahogany brown pour with light tan head. Aroma is earthy and a combination of bittering hops and sugar caramel malts. Flavor follows with hops and sugary malts, some spices effect the flavor as well. Frank (4225) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2010
The term English IPA bothers me in cases like this where the beer is, essentially, just an American IPA brewed w/ English hops. It is cute to pretend it’s more like a "real" IPA from the bad old days but the fact of the matter is there’s little historical data to base this on. (Not to pick on Flossmoor; they are far from the only ones and this is a good beer besides.) Whatever this beer is, it’s a red copper color w/ a small head of mixed bubbles that leaves lace in nice sheets. Nose is mild w/ pine and some herbal notes. Very bitter and hop forward w/o being soapy. Unbalanced but in a way that suits the style. Solid beer but it’s not necessarily what it says it is.