Finhead (1770) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2010
A clear copper pour with cream head. It has a citrus hop aroma and medium body. The bittersweet taste melds into a long bitter finish. LoFi (1729) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2010
Copper with a foamy head. Citrusy and piny hops, some caramel malt. Bitter finish. jdskinns (220) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Bottle. Pours slightly cloudy amber color with a foamy off white head. Aroma is heavy citrus hops with a little bit of a bready malt aroma behind it. Taste is citrus hops with a noticeable bitterness but not overwhelming. Crisp, thin texture. Very good. hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2010
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice murky dark orange color. Nice white head that pours 1 inch and last for a bit. Nice looking beer. Seems to have aroma of pears and lemons. First taste is bitter and nice...good solid IPA bitterness. Could be west coast, but is from Michigan. Not too much malt coming through, mostly the bitter hops and floral. Mouthfeel is in the middle, like you would expect a good IPA to be. Overall, I would definitely buy this again. Not sure it is the best IPA out there....90 min has my vote, but this is a good solid one. joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2012 Re rate, February 2012: my first experience with this beer may have invoked a lesser bottle. Wonderful depth on the finish, lots of interesting grassy, citrusy hop flavor, and a solid slightly sweet gingerbread malt to hold it all down. Very tasty.
12 oz bottle, poured at home. This is a truly beautiful looking beer. When I pour correctly, the head is a classic frothy and soapy texture. I would love a bit more, but it’s not an overt fault. The beer has a beautiful opacity to it -- hazy, not foggy -- and the colors range from amber to a deep orange gold. Aroma is hop dominated; grassy earth and floral scents are more dominant than citrus on the nose. There is a definite sweet earthiness in the scent.
However, the beer doesn’t perform as well on the tongue. It’s not nearly as complex as the aroma suggests. There’s an off concentration of bubbles and lemon zest on the tongue. It’s too much and I feel like there are more substantive tastes sliding by. The finish is bitter and one-dimensional and I wish the malts had more bulk and presence.
Here’s to hoping for some refinement!
shadey (2140) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Bottle purchased at meijers in Michigan. Pour is a bright clear gold with a soapy head. Aroma is all about the hops, bright and citrusy. A really attractive beer. The flavors are complex and well balanced. I can see how this sets the standard for Midwest IPA. gpekar (497) - Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Poured a slightly hazy bright medium amber with a creamy beige head. The aroma was floral with a light amount of citrus. A light amount of carbonation bubbles were seen rising up in the glass. There was a nice roasted malt backbone of caramel sweetness on the initial taste followed almost immediately by a good hop bite with a good pine flavor. Then the hops became more bitter and more of a citrus flavor. The hops remained well into the finish and faded away slowly. The head reduced to about 1/2" during drinking and left some light lacing. Very good combination of sweet and hops. Lots of flavor. lusikka (7814) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2013 355 ml bottle @ Olutravintola Pikkulintu. Rated @ 4.2.2010.FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Pours a orange colour with a frothy white head. Very fresh aroma of orange, apricot, lemon and floral hops. Same thing on the flavour too; hoppy, sweet, wooden and floral. Refreshing and pleasant taste. The palate is smooth and very balanced with soft carbonation. Sweet fruity and hoppy finish. Very pleasant IPA. 8-4-9-4-16 4.1
355 ml bottle.
Pours a golden copper colour with a white foamy head. Aroma of grass, floral notes, gooseberry bush and hay. Flavour of sweet caramel malts, grass, floral hops, gooseberries, biscuit, grapefruit and some tartness. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and foamy mouthfeel. Finishes lingering bitter with some mild berryish notes. Too sweet and truly has some unpleasant notes. Nice bitterness, though. Not nearly as good as I though this was. 7-4-8-3-15 3.7.
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2010 On-tap.
A - Hazy orange/copper color with an average size, creamy, smooth, frothy, white head. Pretty good retention with a nice creamy layer of lace left.
S - Pale and just a hint of caramel malt provide a nice background to the hops. Pretty strong grapefruit, orange, and pine resin aroma. A touch of musty floral hops as well.
T - Similar to the nose. Some caramel and toffee malt flavors provide a background for the hops and a slight sweetness. Hops are pretty strong with grapefruit, citrus and pine being strongest. A bit of musty herbal/tea hops also are present. A touch of lemony citrus mid sip to finish. Not overly bitter.
M - Medium body with a very nice amount of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.
D - Easy to drink, tasty and quite refreshing beer. Mouthfeel is just right and helps it go down even easier.
Notes: A nice, hoppy IPA that is refreshing and has a nice level of bitterness. Plenty of hop flavors that are pretty tasty. Doesn’t seem like an outstanding beer, but one that I would gladly keep drinking more of. changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Bottle from Vintage Cellar. The aroma shows pine, caramel, grapefruit and herbs. Smells like a good solid IPA. This pours a copper color with a good thick off-white head. Nice lacing. Tasty beer. Soft sweet caramel and doughy malty body underneath the sharp bitter hops. A bit grainy overall. Pine leads the way with lingering resinous hops along with citrusy flavors. Very balanced and drinkable. The word "solid" keeps coming to mind.