ContemplateBeer (2089) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 22, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2014 (Update 03/12/2014) After having a few more English beers, I was pleased to get this one again as a gift from my mother-in-law. Aroma: Really smells quite a bit like an English IPA/Pale Ale; has that woody, slightly lemony hop presence that also comes off as a bit floral at times; caramel malts are semi sweet and a little lean. Appearance: Poured a slightly tinted royal gold with a foamy white head that almost entirely dissipated. Flavor: Caramel malts are more present up front with some fairly woody hops in balance; the malts drop off more in the finish, leaving a floral/lemony dryness. Palate: Medium body, slick texture, average carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: An English IPA from SE Indiana; it’s not the kind of beer that will get a lot of love here, but it’s worth trying if you enjoy more traditional English ales.
___________________________________________ Aroma of pepper, orange rind and crackery, slight caramel malt. Appearance is copper with ivory, sticky head. Flavor matches the nose; quite peppery and exceedingly dry; but with just enough malt sweetness and citrus juiciness to cut through. The palate is medium, creamy and lively. An acerbic, old world IPA. JaBier (7972) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2012
Bottle sample at the Elevator tasting at Ale Wine & Spirits on 4/13/12. Clear amber color with a medium beige head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel and grain. Not much hop. Flavor of grainy malt and a bit of grassy hop. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2012
On tap at Fries Cafe. Cool darker red color, for an IPA. Nice white head. Good lace. Pleasant, kind of malty hoppy taste with a good aftertaste. Nice tropical citrus fruitiness.. But not enough. Kind of a light aroma. Lighter, soft carbonation, dry texture. Mostly sweet, light bitter taste. Decent IPA, fruity, and on the malty side. Friends had a few tastes... Annie thought it had an "oaky-blood aftertaste". Alicia said it was "pleasant, but not impressive". arkurzynski (2427) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2011
16 oz can courtesy of shrubber85. Deep, hazy amber with fluffy, creamy, off-white head. Aroma of skunky hops and caramel corn. Flavor is more put together. Citrus and mild grapefruit hopping. A hint of the sweet caramel backbone malt. While the hop flavor is a bit scaled back, it is decent. A residual citrus hop bitterness. Could use a fresh dose of dry hops. shrubber85 (11397) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Can. Orange, sour milk and light ctirus hops aroma. Amber color with large white head. Sweet orange, light caramel malt, and moderately bitter citrus peel flavor. Decent enough - a bit light on the hops.
jcr (2705) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Can. Clear amber body. White, fizzy head, slowly diminishing. Mild aroma of raw, leafy hops with hints of caramel and citrus. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Certainly not a hop-forward IPA which is fine. It’s the leafy hop taste that drags this down from what could have been a clean, crisp, slightly bitter IPA. A bit of a mess. wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Pours murky amber with a retentive head, Nose has a distinct vegetable or creamed corn aroma really dominating what ever else might be in there. Really there isn’t a whole lot to say about it. There is some serious fermentation flaws here. If the brewer is reading please take this in a positive way. Just resolve the issue. I will try again and re-rate. bluejacket74 (1992) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2011
16 ounce can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear orange/amber color with about an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention is good, and there’s a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is some floral hops and sweet malt, but the aroma isn’t too strong at all. Luckily the taste is stronger. The brew tastes like floral, earthy and grassy hops, and some caramel malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit slick and creamy with good carbonation. It’s also smooth and easy to drink. It’s a good brew, I liked it. Definitely worth trying. chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Growler purchased directly from brewery. Brewer suggested that the growler’s keep longer than most as long as you don’t open it as they have a process that removes excess air. I’d concur as I’ve had mine over a month and still had excellent carbonation. Cloudy copper amber color with a nice foamy head. Faint levels of floral and grassy notes in the beer.
Not the hoppy bitterness that I would expect, but very smooth and strong taste of citrus, pine with some grass and hay notes. More of an English IPA than an American IPA. Good carbonation as mentioned above. Medium mouthfeel with a lingering finish of pine and grassy earth notes.
Very smooth and refreshing and easy to drink. Goes down nicely on a hot summer day. Not the real hoppy American IPA some would expect, but rather more mild and gentle hop profile.
thedm (6178) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2010
This draft brew from a beer festival poured a small sized head of frothy medium sized off-white colored bubbles that were and left behind a softly carbonated slightly hazy orange colored body. The aroma was mild floral and hoppy. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The nice flavor contained notes of hops. An OK brew just nothing special.