TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Man, I REALLY liked this IPA!! One of those beers where the looks were deceiving. This was the first of a sampler, so I actually remember it and was coherent (well as coherent as I get) when I tried it. heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 9, 2008
On cask downtown. The body was clear copper with a very light colored khaki head. The aroma was earthy and floral with with lots of grapefruit. Like smelling fresh hops and fresh groudn grains. The taste has musk and leather with some sweat. Lots of grapefruit and toffee. Soft mouthfeel. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Fresh growler: Dull copper, largely bubbled and thin off-white cap, sparce lacing in strings.
Aroma is warm with mild darker citrus orange and grapefruit, lesser lemon notes and pine. One very nice and unique toasty malt backing reminds me of graham crackers and cinnamon toast.
Taste is broad, warm, subtle, and complex with a smoother balance then what was expected. Very well rounded hoppyness, no big edges here, straight up dark citrus of manderine orange, a good squeeze of red grapefruit pith, subjacent dry lemon peels and pine resin shadow the forefront. Bitterness is beyond in-check. The grapefruit juicyness gives most of the energy. But every rough edge and corner has been polished off by a peculiar warm toastyness thats still making me think of cinnamon toast or cinnamon biscuits. Uniquely balanced and flavored.
Feel is massively warm and thick for an IPA; full bodied, heavy creamyness ensues from front to back. Balanced more so towards the malt end as the hop tones are ghostly intertwined with more of a darker citrus tone then bright. Stiil clean though. Oh how I would like it to be a smidgeon crispier; then this would shine.
A pretty nice IPA, its thickness is pretty big and its hop tones are mellowed out compared to most. As I think through what I like about this beer is that it makes me think of what Bitter Woman would be like if it was more malt toned or perhaps aged. The Amarillos play a big role here but just not as bright as they could be. I hear this is much better on-cask, and I wouldn’t doubt that for a second. Its heavier texture just begs to be pulled not pushed. LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2006
Had on tap at brewpub.Pours a nice dark amber color with nice head.Great piney hop nose on this one.Great hop presence followed by caramel malts.A touch of thinness in the body,but overall real good! holdenn (2127) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Served on an engine at the downtown location. Pours a clear glowing orange with a brownish tint and a soapy beige head that laces all over. Florals, citrus, grapefruit, with fresh green hops. Lightly sweet caramels. Oranges and pine. Very creamy. Long pine and fresh green hop finish. Really fresh and so smooth from that engine. *note I also had it not on the engine and it lost a lot of the creaminess and fresh flavor.
gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Had this one on draught as part of a four-sampler at the brewpub in Madison, Wisconsin. Clear, deep amber pour with a wispy head, floral nose, almost soapy in its perfume, very bitter and floral hoppiness, rose and some strawberry, strong finisih. Interesting but kind of weird. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Poured a very cool reddish-orange color with a moderate creamy-white head. Citrus hops were certainly present in the nose (notably grapefruit and orange). These hops were also present in the taste, and mouthfeel was somewhat creamy and carbonated. Full-bodied, well-balanced, and a very nice hoppy aftertaste. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Beer Engine. Appearance was an extreme lacing with a rocky off-white head atop a red/copper body. The aroma smells of strawberry and apricot jam or marmalade. Swee with some bitter overtones. The flavor was bitter but not overpowering. Strawberry leaves. Sweet malts, caramel, and grassy hops. The palate was a watery body with a medium/light mouthfeel. Needs more carbonation. Bitterness sticks to mouth. Doppelganger (1389) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUL 27, 2005
Pre-rate rant: What is the deal with so many so-called IPAs that barely smell like hops at all? Brewpubs are the worst offenders here. Not very strong, vaguely bitter, and a miserly pinch of hops in the nose. Why bother calling them IPAs? All that to say, Great Dane has not made the same mistake with this IPA. Wow. Really big hop fragrance. Wonderfull citrus and floral hops with some light malty sweetness. Even seated outdoors at the Great Dane, I could smell this before I got it up to my nose. Just a bit of pale head on a copper red body. A big bracing chewy bitterness than lingers into the finish. Substantial on the palate, but not overly thick. Very good.