rajendra82 (1093) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2004
The beer when poured looked remarkably clear, and pale, perhaps a bit too pale for the style. The head was about an inch thick, and creamy, and hung around for a bit, leaving good lacing as the beer went down. Carbonation was medium to low. The aroma was subdued for the style, with very little aggressive hop character in the nose. The taste was bright, with typical citric-piney American hop profile with sweetish caramel malt giving a chewy toffee taste. The hops were a bit peppery in the mid palate. The aftertaste was chalky-dry with a creamy mouthfeel. A good, middle of the road IPA which is a recent arrival in the Jax in Cumming. Looking forward to tasting the other beers from this regional brewery. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Pours a nice clear golden with a white head. Aroma is of grassy hops. Maybe I’m insane but, this tastes like a really bold, full-bodied pilsner, which is great but this is labeled an IPA. Has notes of grassy saaz hops, lemon, grains and a pleasurable hint of diacetyl. Pretty sweet, only slightly bitter. Doesn’t have the normal IPA notes of grapefruit and pine. Mouthfeel is full, round and creamy with lively carbonation. Very good brew, but it doesn’t taste like an IPA to me. ericnixon (746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Light hoppy aroma over a clear yellow color. Ooh, nice flavor! Smooth flavorful hoppyness that doesn’t overpower. Good stuff for a red-state beer! shrubber85 (11411) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2006
Bottle. Flowery apple/apricot aroma - slightly musty. Medium yellow with small head. Very unique hops flavor - initially just a dry sensation with the bitterness building to a crescendo then very slowly fading away. Slight pine flavor - never seems to get too bitter. Impressive - the hops characteristics of this beer are a work of art - incredibly well-balanced without going over the edge. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2006
12oz bottle-pours a white head with hazy yellow color. Aroma is a strong, different for me, hops. Taste follows. Good carbonation.
Cybercat (5841) - Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Color is a typical but appetizing coppery amber, somewhat cloudy. Aroma is rich and strongly hoppy with a malty undertone. Flavor is rich and very hoppy but not too bitter - very satisfying. This is one sassy and jazzy IPA, not superb but definitely worth a try if you like hoppy beers. FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Review date 6/30/2009...
I’m finally getting to pouring this 12 oz. of Asheville goodness into a Duvel tulip...
Pours a nice honey-straw color with a light pffft of the cap. Head is rather tight - just a thin layer of wisps up top. Can see a decent amount of carbonation and movement. Slight lacing isn’t too bad.
Very clean scent - a little caramel malt and maybe just a tinge of floral hops but it’s extremely light. Not unpleasant - just very calm and quiet. Maybe a little bit of silage in there, too. A little strawy - gets a little Belgian IPA kick after a while with some raw grains
The hoppiness comes out a little bit more here - somewhat floral and nicely balanced with subtle caramel malt. Nothing exotic - just a decent, straightforward IPA. Crisp, dry finish. With some warmth I am enjoying this even more.
Don’t judge this book by its cover...it may not elicit a lot of emotion on its looks or scent but for a decent, solid IPA it’s not bad at all. Drinks nicely - very clean...again, quite dry (a good thing)...and no real aftertaste. It’s been in the fridge for a month but doesn’t show any age. Solid.
Well, hell, I know what I’m drinking in session the next time I’m around Asheville. This must be very good out of the tap, too. Doesn’t come out of the gates quickly but it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Travlr (24930) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Draft. Hazy golden color, small but thick white head, solid lacing. Aroma ofgrass and light spice. Taste is grass, straw, hay. Nice. HighlanderOne (1332) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Poured from bottle. Nice hop, malt, ocean aroma. Almost clear gold with lacing head. I taste citrus and floral hops with a bit of sweetness and a malt back. Banana and pepper notes as well. Hops are not overpowering. Decent - a good "go to" choice. Aggiebob (1141) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Bottle: Pours a golden color with a small white head. The aroma was grassy and the taste was bitter and hoppy.