Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Serving: 12 oz. bottle.
Appearance: Clear gold color with a small, foamy white head. Good head retention and spotty lacing left behind.
Aroma: Big piney, earthy, dry hop nose!
Flavor: Mimics the nose mostly with some citrus notes and a little malt sweetness thrown in.
Palate: Medium, prickly carbonation with a medium-rich mouthfeel and a medium, bitter finish.
Overall: This one rinses suprisingly clean for an IPA. Good nose, good flavor. Definitely worth a go in a category where there is some stiff competition. 3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Pours light gold, decent head. Something smells like plastic, vinyl @ first. Dont ask. More in depth whiff releases some very perfumey, spicy, bold citrus. Tropical fruit. Mouth is fruity all around. Some peppery bitter. Great feel, balance, and hops. Earthy pine linger. Sweet hops. Satisfying. No alcohol present. Definitely a repeat. beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2009
A beautiful light gold color on the pour. Just under half an inch of head that wants to stick around for awhile. Medium bodied with decent lacing on the glass. I smell hops and more hops with a citrus smell lingering there as well. Great mouth feel on this one too. Strong hops upfront and through the finish on this one. Highly recommend this one especially if you love very hoppy beer. carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2009
pours clear and deep golden with small white head. aroma is piney green. mouthful is crisp with big fresh hoppinees of pine and citrus. very well balance and another great welcome to fall. GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Yellow-orange pour with a white head. Fruity hop aroma. It seems to draw you deep into sensory overload. Taste is a great balance between the malt and the hops. Nice lacing on the glass. Each time you raise the glass, the hop aroma hits you just as fresh as the first time you smelled it. The aroma of hops even stayed after the last sip. Thank you Founders.
tennisjoel (1487) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2010 Pours a golden hue with a white head. Really nice aroma of pine and citrus, very inviting. The hops are actually a little subdued on first taste. More prevalent are some caramel and biscuity malts. I do really like the way this beer is put together. Everything just seems to work well and the mouthfeel couldn’t be much better. Another winner from Founders, which has quickly become one of my favorite brewers since entering the Twin Cities. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2009
355 mL. Pours a clear, light amber almost yellow with a small, white head that has okay retention and leaves a little bit of spotty lacing. Aroma is insane: beautiful tropical fruits, pineapple mainly, butterscotch, spicy caramel, cantaloupe, and peaches. Smells a lot like Ballast Point Sculpin. Taste is a bit of a let down. There is a massive spicy hop bite but the tropical fruits are gone- no more juicy hops but there is white pepper, herbal hops. All around a bit one-sided. Long, dry aftertaste. I really liked this but it is no Sculpin. Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - OCT 9, 2009
(bottle) Pours a light hazy gold with a white head that reduces to a medium white head with good lacing. Aroma is a big blast of grass, grapefruit, lemon, pepper, tangelo, green bell pepper, and just a bit of malt that lurks underneath the fresh hop character. Flavor is very earthy and tastes as if there’s some coriander in here as well, with a lingering earthy, resiny, and bitter finish. Again the malt is subdued by the copious amount of hops, but it is faintly present. The hops also display a brief spike of sweet citrus which tastes very candy-like. Mouthfeel is medium with appropriate carbonation. ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2009
This beer pours a light yellow almost pilsner like hue. The head is about one finger and it retains this for quite a while. The lacing is very heavy with thick white foam. The aroma is not particularly strong. The initial flavor is very piney and full of resin. The aftertaste is very earthy, almost a bit like a pilsner. This beer tastes very much like Bell’s Two Hearted Ale with some very green earthy notes to it. This is quite an exceptional ipa. 13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2009 12 oz bottle from Princeton’s. Light golden color, thick foamy white head. Very nice lacing. Wonderful floral hoppy aroma. Sweet, citrus flavor with a nice hoppy bite and a slightly bitter finish. The "juicy hop presence" in the commercial description is a good way to put it. Excellent beer.