BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2007
I think this is one of GD’s best offerings. May have to do with it being on the hand pump. Thin head with unfiltered orange-amber coloring. Nose is light pine and citrus. Very easy drinking, not too carbonated, which detracts from ipa usually. Finish is smooth with ample hop bitterness. sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2007
On tap @ the brewpub (downtown): Poured a clear copper color with an off white head. Aroma, citrus and earthy hops, with some spices. Flavor, caramel malts up front with a spicy earthy hoppy finish. Nice bitterness in there as well. Good stuff. presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 29, 2007
Chicago Trip. Sunday 23:01. Sample tray. Very dark amber. Where’s the aroma?! Nicely hopped flavour, a little bit of tangerine. Just no finishing or aromatic hops. This could be really good with some tiny adjustments. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2007
On tap at the downtown location. Clear light copper body, medium to thin off-white head. Light nose at such a cold serving temperature, but tangy, piney hops notes developed over time. Citrusy, piney body, thin, with a strange transition to an earthy, somewhat off-putting finish. Almost a stale flavor, cardboardy. Still drinkable, but flawed. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2007
(Tap) Pours an amber color with little head and served warm. Aroma of hops and pine. Taste includes citrus, pine, and light caramel malts. A pretty good IPA, but rather unremarkable at the same time.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Draft at the brewpub. poured a clear orange color. Head was thin, white, and left some nice lace on the glass. Attractive aroma of grapefruity hops, toffee, and malty cereal grain. Crisp and slightly sweet on the tongue with assertive hop bitterness quickly overcoming the sweetness. Medium bodied with grapefruit, malty caramel, and toffee flavors. Very good IPA. TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - JAN 7, 2007
On cask.SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Pours a clear headless amber red. Aroma is very fruity, citrus, floral, some pine notes as well. Flavor follows the aroma and backs it up with a good caramel-malt backbone. Palate is a bit flat and watery, as one would expect from a cask-drawn ale. I found this to be much better balanced than the standard CO2-drawn version.
#932, On tap at the brewery while on a trip thanks to the University of Wisconsin. Aparently cask. Clear with no head, nose is flat taste is sweet with lots of rose perfume and hops. Sharp towards the end and as warms even more. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Handpull. Clear amber body with off white head, lasting cover. The aroma is light, soem grapefruit and pine. The flavor is dry, mostly resinous pine. The mouthfeel is thin and watery. jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2006
From the tap, served in a imperial pint glass.
Made a decent appearance, poured a clear reddish amber with a foamy beige head that settled into a thin bubbly lacing, moderate carbonation.
Had a citric rind nose with a sweet maltiness in the background.
A crisp, smooth medium bodied mouth feel, average AIPA drinkability.
Citric rind and floral earthy hop taste, mildly bitter on the tongue, that homebrew nugget flavor that I am not a fan of, a slight fruitiness follows the initial hop taste, a buried sweet maltiness that stay below the surface and a dryish citric and earthy finish.
When I went into the Great Dane for the first time on my recent visit to Madison, I had checked past reviews and was looking forward to trying this, so maybe my expectations were too high, but this was disappointing, an average AIPA at best, maybe I just got the end of, or a bad batch of this brew, the only really off beer I had at the Dane.