realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Bottle poured a clear golden color with a nice white head. The aroma was mildly hoppy with some caramel. Taste was fairly bitter with a clean crisp hop finish. Not too much else going on in this one except being clean and easy to drink. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2007
nice and tasty little brew. The thing I like about Great Lakes is that they forgot the excess in favor of what tastes good. I’ll be the first to say that this is not an over the top IPA, but it qualifies as one of the most quaffable. Reminds me of Goose Island’s.... badgerben (5380) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Received in a trade from Crizay. Thanks! Golden color with no head. Strong, earthy hop aroma. The flavor is oddly wheaty, but it seems to work well. Moderate raw hop flavor with a little emphasis on pine and earth hops. Good. Skyview (6115) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2007
A 12 oz bottle shared by Badgerben. Pours a light clear golden yellow brew with a lasting white head. Aroma is piney, lemony citrus hops with some herbal spice. Taste is a well balanced IPA with bitter piney and flowery hop flavors. Finish is herbal hop and lightly bitter. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2007
(12oz bottle, thanks Drew) Large and beautiful off-white head atop a crystal clear apple juice body. Aroma is mild, medium sweet, apple. Taste is medium sweet, floral/pine, some fruity. Dry finish. Medium body, some resin. Alcohol not noticeable.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Great Lakes is one of my favorite breweries, but I was somewhat disappointed by this beer. When I opened this bottle, there was an unmistakable skunky aroma which I thought was impossible for an IPA. The bottle was in-code (stamped 06/19/2007). Eventually the aroma dissipated, but even without it I thought the flavor was just OK. Not recommended.
This beer was very light in color for an IPA with good head formation and a bright sparkling nature. Aroma was obviously skunky, but eventually most of this dissipated. Aside from the methyl butyl thiol (skunk), aroma was lightly hoppy and not terribly impressive. Flavor was very light for an IPA...more akin to an English style IPA. I could feel a bit of hops in the back of my throat but otherwise mouthfeel was a bit watery. I was surprised this beer is 7.5% ABV - not that 7.5% is a giant percentage, but nonetheless it was hidden fairly well in this beer.
I can’t say I’d recommend this beer. ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAY 7, 2007
Huge hops presence with no shortage of spice, perfume, floral & citrus notes, and evergreen resin. Pours a sparkling yellow gold. The full creamy white head is mostly lasting and leaves sticky curtains of light lace. The flavor is burnt bitterness through & through. Pretty stiff stuff, but hey - I’m a hop head so full speed ahead. Once this brew warms some it softens as malt is able to bleed through somewhat to add a little balance. The full creamy body is soft and feels dry at the finish. nearbeer (5671) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2008 Draft, Cleveland airport. Shiny, clear orange-amber with medium head that lasts fairly well. Aroma is citrus-pine hop with strong malt frame. Flavor is same, malt becomes more evident later, with nice hop-malt aftertaste. Palate is smooth and oily with a nicely understated carbonation and hop tingle. nihar (68) - Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Aroma of hops and fruits.. pours clear golden with a frothy head... tastes like a hopped IPA as expected with a nice bitterness jcr (2785) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Clear amber pour with an average, frothy, diminishing head. Nose presents light to average malts, mostly grain. The hops, as expected in an IPA, come to the forefront, though average in intensity for this style. Notes of flowers, perfume, grapefruit and orange. The flavor is bitter with undertones of sweet orange juice. The bitterness lingers. Medium body with a sticky texture. Average carbonation. Tasty.