Nephilium (1770) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 (8458) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 (2868) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 (13874) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(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.
eaglefan538 (3038) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
vyvvy (6197) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper / bronze with a light caramel colored head. Nice hop blast aroma with pine, grapefruit, light woodiness and floral traits. The hops are assertive and pleasant, but there is a good amount of toasted malt backing it up for balance. The taste starts with toasted malt with some smooth caramel traits and some graininess and spicy hops. The finish has grapefruit hop taste with some floral traits - there is still quite a bit of malt present. A solid well-balanced IPA that straddles between having West Coast and British traits. Thumbs up
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear amber with some hop particles floating throughout. Aroma is strong fruit (peach and passionfruit). Taste is much the same with more grapefruit coming through. Finish is somewhat bitter and a bit soapy. Decent stuff and not your typical ipa.