TheJester (2543) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2009
355 mL bottle. Clear orange-gold with a small, quickly dissipating, white head. Lotsa citrus hop in the aroma with a little spruce and sweet caramel underneath. Flavour is relatively well balanced. The malt profile is simple and a little "thin," but it makes enough of an impact to prevent this one from being one-dimensional. Hops in the finish, but they don’t linger, which wouldn’t be a terrible thing. Pretty good, though. abemorsten (3683) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2009
Hazy yellow golden pour covered by a creamy white head. Wonderful citrus hop aroma. Flavor is initially sweet, but quickly gains a terrific grapefruity bitterness that lasts and lasts. Medium to full bodied, the beer builds some foam in the mouth, and this is the weakest part of an otherwise near ultimate American IPA. It has been a reference American IPA for my part for the last couple of years. 3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Bottled 12/04/09, consumed 12/17/09.
[A] Orange, lemon zest, spicy earthy hops, sweet malt backbone.
[A] Calm pour shows a golden amber color with one finger of white head. Quickly recedes to a slight foam with soapwater bubbles and decent lacing down the glass.
[F] Sweet pale malt, biscuity, seems to be upfront with fruitiness, juicy hops in the middle, and malty finish complimented by a resiny pine linger.
[P] Nice feel. Decent bite. Good balance. Fairly sweet.
[O/D] $6 a 6 pack is a steal. This is a good brew, even if not the greatest IPA. Pretty damn fresh, too. I could drink quite a few out of bottle without noticing. Always something good from Goose Island. Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Bottle Pours a yellowish copper with a good white head. The head lasts well and laced okay. Has a good hoppy aroma of citrus, pine, and floral. The carbination is good. Flavor is good hoppy but not over the top. Has an oily texture. The body is light to medium. Not a bad finish and a good aftertaste. Not a super harsh IPA but real drinkable. yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Pours a yellow orange, more yellow, pale color with generous white head.
Very fresh floral and orange on the nose. Very tempting.
On the palate is a seriously hopped melody of flavours that are still balanced with malt. Simple story executed beautifully - assertive hop character but still balanced and very, very drinkable.
Among the best IPA’s I’ve ever had.
jeff789 (1423) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Pours a yellow/copper with a rocky off white head... Aroma of grapefruit, some slightly sweet malts, orange, some pine/wood... Piney/spicy flavor, not near the punch of citrus hops i was expecting, malts are more defined that the hops... Medium bodied/mouthfeel, quite drinkable... Decent, but not near the hoppy profile i expected.... WVHouseofBeer (1106) - West Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Pours copper with a decent amount of white head and some lacing. Excellent hoppy aroma. Medium body. Tastes of citrus and hops, but I would have liked a little more. Not quite as in your face as the aroma is, but still a pretty good IPA lobonator (19) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2009
I’ve had IPA’s that were very sharp, harsh, perfumy and snappy bitter - too much so. This one is different. Everything seems right on. The Aroma is all hops. Appearance is dark gold/amber with fine bubbled foam. Taste and mouthfeel are wonderfully hoppy, smooth and soft with a dry finish. Not astringent at all. Hop flavor is flowery and lingers on the palate. This is an IPA and hops rightly dominate and overshadow malt. Finest IPA I’ve ever had. blipp (9696) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 27, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2012 Bottle at about 6 weeks old. Amber orange with an off white head. Big hoppy aroma, with piney, spicy, and citric notes. The flavor is relatively well balanced, with some grassy and citric hop notes and a light malty swetness. Very nice. bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Pours a yellow golden hue with a lasting white head. Aroma is very hoppy; floral, pine, and citrus fruits. Tastes of floral and pine hops, bisquits, grapefruit, and citrus with a bitter hoppy finish. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Very good IPA.