BVery (10501) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2013 On tap at the brewpub in Wausau, WI. Clear amber pour with a white head. Nose is hop and some scotch-ale sweatsock. Good lively carbonated and hoppy palate. Taste is earthy, caramel malt, hop, and more of the scotch-ale elements. Not my kind of IPA. stangger (619) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2011
On tap at the downtown location in Madison. Notes only. Aroma is hoppy - citrus. Taste largely grapefruit. Bitter end. Ok. tmoreau (4365) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Sampler at the Doty location to compare with the Hop Jack. Poured a similar hazed, orange/amber hue, maybe a bit more coppery, with decent, off white head foam, and wavey lacing. The aroma was also a good combo of pine and citrus, as grapefruit and orange, with a little more resin. Caramel sweetness was prevalent in both the nose and flavor. With medium+ hop bitterness, a medium body, and lively carbonation, this IPA was also crisp and quaffable. Flip a coin, I liked them both! StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2011
On tap at the Great Dane brewpub in Wausau WI. Called Speedway IPA by them. Poured a rich amber color with a medium white head in a traditional pint glass. Good retention and lacing. The nose was soft with pine and citrus. The taste was biter hops forward with piney hops, resins and a hint of grapefruit set in a caramel and toffee base. The palate was full and smooth with lively carbonation. Finished short and clean. Overall: Very tasty IPA, one that I would be proud to brew. arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Cask into english pint, Madison brew pub (from my notes): Big creamy bubbling yellow oatmeal-looking head over a mostly clear, orange-copper beer. Nice thick lacing. Smell is mild, but there are some corn sugars in there with the faintly flowery hops. Creamy texture (from the cask), buttery caramel malts followed by a metallic, salty bitter in the finish. The middle is kind of mealy before the hops kick in, and overall I didn’t really enjoy this as much as I wanted to. Some beers don’t benefit from cask treatment.
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
Reviewed from notes. On tap in Madison - August 2009.
Pours a moderate copper coloring with a tiny half-finger head on the initial pour. This quickly recedes and doesn’t really leave much of any lacing behind. The nose is really light citrus hops with a bit of toffee backing it up.
The taste isn’t much better than the nose. No off flavors, there just really isn’t much going on. The hops are really light and there is just a bit of light bread in the background. The mouthfeel is decent with a medium body and a smooth character. Drinks fairly well for what it is, but not exactly what I would call an IPA.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 11-13-2010 jandd1983 (4318) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2011
It poured a dark red-brown in color. The aroma was of pine and very hoppy. It had a medium body with a good texture and light finish. There were hints of malt with tons of pine hops in the flavor. Very good. cbfobes (2883) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2010
On tap at brewpub, pours a clear golden with a thin head and some lacing, aroma is of bittering hops and a hint of soap, there is a slight citrusy flavor with a weak hop aftertaste, forgettable ipa blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2010
on tap, hazy amber in color with short tight foam, aroma of malty shortbread and pine, flavor is soft caramel, pine, tropical fruit, finish is silk NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Draft at Great Dane Downtown. Pours a moderately clear golden copper with soft carbonation head. Nose is citrus and fresh, quite American in contrast to the other IPA. Light tangerine and flowers. On taste, light caramel notes that balances the clean and smooth hop character. Earth and citrus comingle to balance. Pretty solid IPA.