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.
rondphoto (4445) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Cloudy bright golden amber with a good 1/2" head, dotted lace. Clean caramel leads the way, quickly shared by a solid floral hoppiness midpoint, giving way again to caramel at the finish. Well-balanced - surprisingly good. Not sure it really is an IPA (due to the somewhat mild hop character), but if it drinks well, who cares? Recommended Tmoney99 (14479) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Draft at Great Crescent.
Poured clear copper color with an average creamy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate citrus hop and soft malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.
Good balanced smooth brew. 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".
Chudwick (3207) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - SEP 6, 2012
16oz can - pours murky honey amber with voluminous orange/white head with thin lacing. Nose is floral. Flavor adds caramel, yeast, faint citrus and cereal. Not very bitter, but mildly sweet. Dry to the lips on the finish. A great introductory beer for people afraid of the bitter-face, but not so good for those who expect bitterness in IPAs. It’s drinkable and the tag at the store said it was 6.2% ABV. I’ll drink but certainly won’t recommend it to hop-heads. Metallic aftertaste. shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2009
shrubber85 (11397) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2011
American Craft Beer Week 2009
5/16/2009: Great Crescent IPA has a vibrant orange color and is quite clear with a dense, foamy, and lasting beige head. Caramel malt, bittersweet orange and subtle citrus hops are in the aroma. This is a malty English-style IPA. It has a syrupy maltiness paired with sweet, citrusy hops. The hops flavor and more of the soft bitterness definitely kick in more on the second taste. This beer has a medium-full body and is very smooth. Overall this beer is balanced and enjoyable and a nice deviation from the typical hop-bomb IPAs. However, I bit more hoppiness would have been okay!
Draught at Great Crescent Brewery in Aurora, Indiana. Rating #1 for this beer.
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.
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. 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.