Cousin_Larry (895) - - JAN 1, 2015 CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear deep amber with a thick, frothy cream-colored head. Aroma is dry, sweaty, and musky with a touch of earthy hops. Body almost tastes like there are some additional spices added, like perhaps cinnamon or ginger. It’s either that or some weird type of hop I’m not used to. Tastes more like a winter warmer than an IPA. Has mild, but respectable complexity, but I would like more of a fresh citrusy hop aroma and flavor, than the muddy, holiday-spiced, earthy one this has.
Had a bottle from Adam. Absolutely outstanding IIPA. Nice mellow flavor without overly hoppy aftertaste. Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2012
Originally reviewed: 10/20/09. Poured into my conical pint glass. Pours a very cloudy copper gold with a big 2-finger off-white head resting on top. This sticks around a good bit, and leaves plenty of sticky lace. Smells of peppery spices mixed with a sharp twang. Not a big citrus or piney scent, very subtle.
The feel of this one is crisp and clean, but it sips well. Slight creamy quality to it makes it a pleasure to drink. The spices I got in the nose come out in the flavor as well. Definitely some big time bitterness going on here, but it’s of the spicy variety. Dull black pepper start to this, that finishes more mellow and grainy. The semi-sweet citrus that I enjoy in IPAs is absent in this beer, but it’s still decent. It’s a different take on the style, and I commend them for it. I wouldn’t want many of these at a time as the spicy nature would wear on me, but I’d have it again. satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
aroma is lemon, lighty grainy sweetness, clean pale malt. appearance is full head that reduces to near belgian cotton candy, with absolutely huge lacing, good carb, lightly hazed gold. flavor is buried pine and balanced lemon/clean pale malts. light maltiness without even bare caramel and equally as simple but powerful enough hopping. greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
12 oz bottle. Is this really a winter seasonal? If so, I probably should not be rating this because it does taste a bit stale. What is interesting about this beer is I really can’t detect an aroma or flavor profile to write about. It is pretty much without either. There is a malt backbone and maybe some hints of citrus. But, even though it is a light bodied beer with some lively carbonation, there is a hop bitterness in the finish that I am able to give props to. Another than that, not a very good IPA. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark gold body with a frothy white head that left some heavy patchy lacing. The nose isn’t especially bad, it’s just extremely light on the hops, some light bready and crackery malt. The flavor is quite bitter though with minimal hoppiness. Lingering harsh bitterness. Light bodied with fizzy prickly carbonation. This wasn’t offensive, but there just wasn’t much to this. Just a bit too raw and harsh.
nuplastikk (6312) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2009
12oz bottle. Thick, cloudy orange-tan color with a respectable head on it. Lots of earthy hoppy citrus flavor up front, followed by a nice toasty malt balanced, watery finish. Solid soapy/astringent bitterness. Walking the line between medium and full bodied, it remains pretty sessionable while still being quite flavorful. A respectable IPA. tmoreau (4428) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2009
12 oz. bottle at Lunar Brewing Co.. Poured a hazy, orange/amber with a light orange tint to the off white, foamy head, leaving some nice ribbons of lacing. The aroma was light with floral and citrus notes. The flavor added an astringent bitterness that over shadowed any good malt presence. Light bodied, drinkable, but unimpressive. noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Hazy pour, light amber or dark gold, large white head, abundant sticky lace. Soapy hops bitterness, way more bitterness than aromatic qualities, malts have a worty, fresh oatmeal quality to them, but also a lactic staleness. There are some nice fruit qualities, citrus, apricot. Medium body, palate is both soft and lively. Disappointed: there’s a good beer trying to get out of here, but it didn’t make it. krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2009
12oz bottle. yike this is bad. rarely if ever say that but this one’s a mess. smells like hop extract, no hop flavor just bitterness, and it tastes like crap. pass on it. drowland (8829) - Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Had on tap at a restaurant in Madison. The beer was okay, but the aroma was all pee and the flavor was much too bitter.