cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Rated 2/4/07: My initial impression was just another well crafted IPA, seemed rather typical. I took my time enjoying this bomber and after a little time this beer blossomed in my imperial pint glass. Initial aroma is wonderful but it really intensifies as it warms up. An amazing bouquet of floral hops and thick malt, it’s a treat just to sniff the glass. Nice dark copper pour, real rich dark copper. Sizeable light tan head, and tons of thick lacing. Thickest creamiest mouthfeel I’ve ever had from an IPA, I heard the brewmaster is using tons of malt in his Hoppin’ Frog brews and it is evident here. Smooth taste very malty at first leading way to some nice hops both floral and fruity. A tinge of grapefruit, lemon, and orange are soon overcrowded by semi-sweet malt and some nice spicy hops. Not as bitter as some of the other top shelf IPA’s but this is one of a kind. LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2007
wow, craxy bold flavors. some grapefruit and dark heavy thick carmel with some apricot and hints of lemon. some pine and toffee with a little white pepper and star anise. glad i got a few bottles when i was in ohio. :) Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2007
This starts with a strong citrus aroma, with an underlying tannin aroma. It pours an amber-brown in color, with a thin tenacious head. The flavor is a quick burst of citrus flavors, then a touch of sweetness from the malts, then onto a long bitter finish. For my first beer from this brewery, I’m pleasantly surprised. Ibrew2or3 (8860) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2007
22oz bomber courtesy of Tish. Thanks. Pours clear with impressive frothy – creamy tan head. The aroma is nice and malty with hints of citrus hops. The malt aroma comes from lightly roasted malts, biscuit malts and a bit of toffee. Inviting, YUM! Flavor is big with a nice mix of malts such as roasted, biscuit, toffee and a bit buttery. D-lish. The citrus hops are there from the beginning to the end and about in equal strength to the malts. I’m really impressed with this IPA. Great taste, great mouth feel and nice balance. Well done. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 12, 2007
22oz bottle, courtesy of Drew! Pours a medium, orange-amber color; off-white head that quickly diminishes. Strong, floral hop and maple syrup aroma. Full, resiny mouthfeel: lots of bitterness and layered citrus hops; some solid malt backdrop, but not much else. Medium, dusty and citrus finish.
sloth (2944) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Bomber supplied by OhioDad, thanks Scott! Large tan head, good retention with a decent amount of lace. Clear amber hued brew. Nose of citrus, pine, caramel malts with light metallic notes coming through. Body is med/full, lightly resiny on the palate. Plenty of citrusy, grapefruity notes with a big malt backing, grainy. Hops are pretty big with light astringency and metallic notes. Dry finish with a hoppy ass bite. A bit rough around the edges. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2007
(22oz bottle, thanks Drew) Crystal clear amber body atop a medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pineapple, caramel, light wood. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pineapple, light caramel, earthy. Moderate dryness in the finish. Resiny medium body, lightly watery. User37895 (3085) - - MAY 11, 2007
22oz bottle shared by Slob. Pours amber in body, transparent, light thin orangey colored head, retention weak. Overall, the appearance was weak for a style that has tons to offer normally. The aroma was caramel, pine, oranges, other citrus notes. The flavor was oranges, pine resin, some else along the lines but short of tea bags. The mouthfeel was slightly metallic, like there was a dry powder grain feel to it (not really bad, just interesting). A decent brew and yet one more to give thank to Bert for sharing. bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Poured almost an amber color with reddish hues. Aroma was of citrus maybe a little pine, caramel, breadiness. Flavor had a pretty solid bitterness with a lot of caramel notes and a pretty solid hop flavor. Solid IPA> jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2007
From a 22 oz. bomber bottle with no freshness date, a blurb along the right side of label, sampled at cellar temperature in a pint glass.
Poured a hazy reddish golden hued copper with a small foamy white head that settled into a thin lacing.
Big floral citrus nose, orange blossoms and citric pith and zest, candied lemons, and a very light backing of grainy caramel malts.
Good, steady tiny bubble carbonation and a crisp, dry, hop slick, creamy airiness, light bodied mouthfeel, very nice for a AIPA.
Nice American hoppy taste with a moderate, balanced bitterness, sweet and sappy, only a light sourness, candied citric fruity that turns to a nice citrus rind bitterness in the end, the malts do a good job of adding a sugary sweetness to the hops, mainy grainy in nature when they can be tasted, the alcohol is only noticeable in providing a low temperature warmth in the palate, and a dry hoppy, grainy finish.
I thought this was very enjoyable, a quite quaffable drinkability, as far as I am concerned, one of the top 5 Great Lakes/Midwest bottled AIPA’s out there for sale, a must try for any AIPA fan, I’m glad this is now available in central Illinois, thank you Specialty and Fred Karm.