ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 20, 2013 TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an almost translucent golden amber with a medium bubbly/creamy off white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, some piney and citrus hops notes. Unfortunely this IPA doesn’t bring the hoppy nose I was expecting. Flavor profile lets the hops shine a bit more. Pine, citrusy hop mix and Cheerios. Something about the maltiness in the nose turns me off a bit. Still drys out nicely and the hop bitterness is spot on for an IPA.
This is an okay IPA, but for Free State this is a rather weak offering. Has a great aroma of grass, resin and citrus. Nice golden appearance but the flavor of butter is distracting. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Tasted 5/18/11 with phaleslu and STLWill. Growler from the brewpub. Pours mildly hazy with an amber golden hue. Webbed off-white head. Aromas of sweet citrus and mild red berries. Mild piney hops. Medium to full bodied and nicely bitter. The sweet fruity aspects take a back seat to the bitterness of the palate. Good malt backbone with a splash of honey. Medium roasted malts with a soggy note. Grassy and astringent hop character with an earthy note. Lingering and tangy finish with a mild abv. Solid! phaleslu (10267) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Rating #2400. Pour from a growler shared by STLWill- thanks again, Will! He said they were calling it a DIPA at the brewery, and I believe it. Pours a barely-cloudy orange-gold color with a small white head. Huge aroma of herbal hops, grass, pine, oil, pale and sweet malts, pineapple, lemon peel, and honey. Wow, I could smell this all day. Flavor of pine resin, herbal and grassy hops, lemongrass, sweet malts, and caramel. Light-medium bodied, with an oily mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Drinks pretty smooth and easy. Great! VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Fruit. That’s the first thing you smell when you take a sniff of Lupulus Maximus. There’s citrusy hops, almost like Juicyfruit gum, dancing on your nose. This sample is from a growler I picked up at the brewpub a few days ago. It’s a light amber, somewhere slightly beyond gold, with no real head (again, we’re dealing with a growler here). The last time I tasted this at the brewery, I got tons of fruit in the flavor, but this time out I’m getting hops. And lots of them. There’s some herbal notes in the front, followed by the holy trinity of earth, pine and grass in the middle, and finally chased with citrus fruit in the finish. Malt is there to add sweetness and not much else - it’s completely obliterated by the cavalcade of hops. Bitterness is pretty heavy, though not completely tongue-crushing as it is in other DIPAs. This beer is quite flavorful, and though in some ways I’ve moved on from uber-hoppy IPAs and DIPAs, it’s beers like this that will always remind me why I fell in love with the style to begin with.
theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Shaker pint draft at the brewpub in Lawrence, Kansas. Pour is alight haze orange copper with smallish off white head. As the beer recedes, pretty streaky lacing is left behind. Aroma is bright and fresh, hoppy tropical fruits along with a nice resin. Really reminds me of the Sculpin nose. It’s more or less bursting with freshness. Taste is mostly the bright citrus pineapple fruit, followed with a nice resinous quality. The taste is nice, but not as burstingly fresh as I was anticipating from the nose. Regardless, this is still delicious stuff. Palate is medium to light bodied, crisp dry finish. Nicely made IPA, probably the best hoppy Free State beer I have had.
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - APR 26, 2011
Draft at the brewpub. Hugely hoppy aroma, dank and fruity, piney and resinous, some dusty, almost grainy, sweet, honeyish, toasty, malt in the background, but overall just really fresh and leafy. Wow! Clear light-medium golden amber color, head is fine and uneven but persistent, lace is very nice as well. Flavor = huge hops! HUGE, I say! Really nice blend of strong hop flavors and bitterness, ranging all over, from citric and piney to spicy and floral, but balanced out nicely anyway, even finishing with a touch of sweetness amidst the substantial bitterness. This is like a fresh hop IPA, but hoppier and fresher. Slick, smooth, oily and well-carbonated feel, body is medium-full. Amazingly good, this is totally my new favorite Free State IPA, perhaps even my new favorite IPA of all time, and I’m really upset with myself that I didn’t bring a growler along (I would have bought one, but I just bought a second growler not 2 weeks ago...grrr! In my own defense, I had no idea this stuff was going to be so awesome). Must...have...more...