blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 9, 2011
12 oz. bottle from Whole Foods in New York City. Appearance is totally clear copper, containing big bubbles and topped by a small head. Aroma is piney with some lemon. Flavor is big on the hops and has a sharp bitterness. There is a dry finish and minimal sweetness. This iPA really exceeded my expectations. Awesome brew. HartManSam (75) - Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Bottle Very drinkable ipa. Spot on bitterness with a touch of malt. Will repeat soon. =) JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2011
A true benchmark. Pours light amber with perfect notes of fruit/citrus on the nose with a very nice bitterness that is throughout the experience to the finish with a good base of malt that props up the hops. bookman10 (1302) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2011
I can see why this was chosen as a "benchmark" beer. Just about perfect as far as IPAs go. This poured a deep golden yellow with a thick, white, creamy head that stayed up and pillowy for ever and a day. Nice mix of grapefruit, piney hops, and that IPA bitterness, underlaid by a very welcome sweetness. Very nice beer. DuffMan (10772) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 29, 2011
Bottle @ Guidos. Clear Orange amber, low off white head. Spicy citrus and light resin aroma. Beautiful spicy Centennial hop showcase, lots of nice fruity character, smooth mouthfeel, medium bitter finish. Very tasty.
oOJUXEOo (303) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2011
Bottle, A very nice, well balanced IPA. Aroma and taste is citrusy, and malt is too. Another great Founders beer. Mad_Ferret (1028) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2011
Bottle. Hazy (when bottle fully poured) amber with a thick soapy creme white head that leaves good traces.
Sweet aroma with lots of caramel and flowery hops, tropical fruits like peach, mango and grapefruit.
Lots of sweet malt with caramel and cookie in the taste too (i like that). Makes the bitterness quite smooth. Grapefruit, pineapple, peach, resin and pineneedles. Sweet and quite smooth but ends fairly bitter.
Medium body with small light bubbles. Sweet and smooth ipa with a fairly mellow bitterness. I like it though. DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2011 12oz bottle. Amazing orange color; it might be because I nearly knocked the glass over but the bubbles are really lively. I had some brew-pub IPAs that were way too bitter last night, but the drinkability of this one compared to those is like night and day. It still has a bitter flavor, but it’s not excessive. Texture is perfect, not overly carbonated like Flying Dog’s IPA seems to be... Nice and crisp tasting. Pleasant floral hops taste that makes the aftertaste a welcome feature. One of the top 3 IPAs I’ve ever had, wish this one was easier to find. Nsanders (1190) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2011
Slightly clouded, medium orange color. Floral hops and maltiness dominate the aroma with very slight bitter apple flavor. Much less bitter than expected, moderately sweet. The lighter body was also a surprise for the 7% abv. thomas15 (694) - Alabama, USA - APR 27, 2011
really sharp hops on this beer. pours a great golden color with good sized head. good retention and lacing with a rocky head. light sweetness, very bitter, light body, medium body, creamy, average carbonation. citrus and pine. a good ipa but not my favorite and not my favorite beer from founders.