jspronck (162) - BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2015
Hazy amber, nice off-white head, beautiful nose with hoppy aromas of flowers and citrus, slightly bitter and short finish, lively carbonation, creamy texture, Good IPA bikeclj (27) - Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Dark gold in color. Thick head with tight bubbles. Smooth taste easy drinking. Poured from 22 oz bomber.
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Tap @ Sharp’s - near Seatac: Clear gold color with a small white fizzy head. Wonderful hop aroma of citrus and floral notes. Hoppy flavor but not too over the top bitter. Floral and citrus notes noted in flavor as well with a bitter hop trailer. 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2014 Bottle. Strong American hop nose showing the apricot and orange marmalade signature of Cascade and Centennial, but also showing an unpleasant brined lemon / catty pet urine quality that I find most often in Simcoe and Citra. Grassy and raw mixed with lemon peel and green onion sharpness. Malt seemingly transparent in the nose. Sweat / burnt butter aroma suggest diacetyl. Medium body, sweet and juicy and oily in the mouth with relatively low bitterness. Candy-like dried pineapple slices and a dose of garlic butter in the finish. It almost works, but lower the sweetness, find some fresher hops and check for diacetyl.
beastmaster (381) - Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Beautiful pour golden haze almost hefe like. Crowning head. Orange aroma, citrus. Taste is so citrus like I’m in love. Fantastic ipa. Light malt backing. Well carbed.
smallfry (169) - - NOV 28, 2014
(Can) Nice IPA. Not too overly-bitter (although people who don’t like IPAs won’t think so). Nice slight malt sweetness and good perfumy hops. jsnicholas (709) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Tap at Northlake Tavern. Golden with white head. Going by memory, but thought it was well balanced, a little more malty than most IPA’s mild bitter ness. Easy drinking Doofgoblin (513) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Nice! The aroma is citrusy and piney with no onions or overly grassy notes. Taste is sweet malt with a delicious hoppy goodness that’s citrus and somewhat resiny. Finish is a malt smoothness with a zap of bitter--a go to IPA. Beaver (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2014
22 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy orange gold with a medium frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.Ernest (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2014
The aroma is sweet bready malts with soft fruit and grassy, fruity, piney hops.
The flavor is sweet bready malts with light fruit and grassy resiny hops with good bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, a nice sweet fruity IPA with good bitterness.
Head is initially large, frothy, rocky, white, mostly lasting.
Body is dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (apricot, grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with a note of souring vegetable matter (celery, yellow squash), hint of diacetyl.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Gosh darn it. At first pour and for a couple minutes thereafter, I was thinking this was high 3s for sure. But therein lies the problem with rating from small samples or doing quick reviews for any reason. Problems rarely reveal themselves right away. And here we have an initial strong hop aroma that seems nice enough on the surface (I don’t like the resinous hop character, but the apricot-grapefruit notes make it tolerable). As that settles down (after the massive, beautiful head finally recedes somewhat), out comes this sour vegetable juice odor. I wouldn’t say DMS, this is more raw and maybe just from poor malt extraction, but either way vegetal odors do not bode well in any kind of beer (the mild butter and vitamin B notes don’t help either). It never quite overpowers the hops, thankfully, but once it shows up to the party it just won’t leave, and I no longer enjoy sniffing it. Great flavor balance, appearance, and mouthfeel, though...non-abrasive bitterness with no astringency, which most American IPAs cannot boast. It could’ve been a high-scoring beer if sampled briefly at a beer tasting with 50 other people sharing the bottle.