glennmastrange (2871) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2009
Bottle. Light notes of roasted and light bread for the malt, moderate resin and grapefruit peel for the hops, light soap for the yeast, and hints of brown sugar, pepper and a faint berry-like fruitiness. Head is small, between fizzy and frothy, off-white, with, good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy, dark orange/tan. Flavor is lightly sweet and moderately acidic to start, and is lightly sweet and acidic, and moderately bitter in the finish. Palate is medium, oily, has a carbonation between soft and lively, and finshes lightly astringent. The resinous smell bumped up the aroma point total in this well crafted IPA. jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2009
(bottle). Pours a yellowish amber color. Has small size, off-white head. Aroma of hops and light citrus. Has a strong hoppy taste. Moderate lacing. Smooth hoppy finish with light bitterness. Moderate carbonation. drjay44 (3712) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Poured the usual happy IPA head of good duration with nice lacing, over a slightly cloudy body....nose very mild, bit of pine, bit of grapefruit, with some organic chemical overlay....tastes chemical, but finishes with appropriate hop bitterness, and more grapefruit. There was an odd off taste which suggested the bottle was going bad. Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - DEC 12, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2008 Fairly bland - but then again this is the bottle from Bristol, not on tap. Has a nice bitter finish, not much hop presence but it does have a nice dry/sweet balance that works. The malt profile is great, but they could use some more hops. I would guess if this was dry hopped and served in cask, it would be amazing. kyzr (1548) - Montana, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Pours clear amber with decent off-white head. Nice hoppy floral nose. Flavor is citrus with a light sweetness to it. Crisp and dry hoppy finish.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Bottle. Poured a clear amber orange color with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of floral hops and spicy pine notes. Spicy, moderately floral hop entry leads into a piney flavor with a light biscuity undertone. Moderate mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty good beer, it just isn’t the way I prefer my IPA’s. uhclem (429) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours a hazy apricot with a beige head that quickly subsides. Minimal lacing. Nose is redolent of oranges and grapefruit. There is a subtle undercurrent of vanilla.Taste is pleasantly laid back and delivers a good hop flavor borne on a bed of orange, pine and caramel. At the very end there is a delicious breadiness. Mouthfeel is light and is a harbinger of a very pleasant aftertaste. blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 18, 2008
On tap at brewery in Albuquerque.
This is a local favorite with many devout followers. Il Vicino’s IPA does not jump up and smack you in the face with balls-out hoppiness. What it does is more seductive and tasteful. At the beginning of a pint, I sometimes feel a little let down by the understated character of this brew. However, by the end my palate usually reels with all the delicious juicy flavors I expect from a good IPA. Grapefruit, pine, caramel, etc. Just give it some time to warm up to you.
P.S. The brewery here is doing a special on Wednesdays this summer... each week they offer a cask of this IPA with extra hops of a specific variety. Last week I tried the Amarillo version. It was a little warm and leaning toward the flat side, very British. The massive addition of hops turned this ale into a sort of alcoholic herbal infusion. I’ve made hops tea at home, and the almost unbearable bitterness of that drink was also present in this brew. Totally unbalanced and only for crazy hopheads. I’m looking forward to the Cascade version this week. jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 17, 2008
On tap at the brewery. Clear orange beer with quickly fading head. Taste leans more toward the citrus, grapefruit side of the ipa spectrum. Clean, yet riddled with a earthy, mildly bready malt backbone. Trying very hard to boast depth... Not mind blowing but certainly quite good and in my opinion, above average. GarrettB (1600) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2008
A legendary IPA, found locally in Colorado Springs - considered by college kids to be some kind of holy grail of beer. The head isn’t much but mottled tan tracings. Beneath is a fox orange body. Pretty standard as far as IPAs go. The aroma definitely belongs to an IPA, but is practically sprouting with floral scents, most especially jasmine and lilac. Even better, these flowery smells are fresh. Some beers that opt for a flowery slant often take on a dried and condensed potpourri smell, but the Wet Mountain’s aroma is fully lush and spring. Behind the petals is a vague sweet pumpkin spice and raw potato smells, but the flower garden aroma is dominant. The taste is flowery too, without being botanical, and pairs that flavor with a good savory toastiness. The beginning has a dallop of honey with a metallic touch, which then dims to a deeper caramelized sugar flavor. Alongside that sweetness is the flower flavor and dry hops. This beer has found the sweet spot between the perfect volume of flavor and a perfectly matched palate - medium bodied, but good activity. It’s busy enough to keep me engaged, but not so bubbly that I can’t taste the Wet Mountain’s flavors. Actually, that’s quite the achievement considering my general dislike of pale ales. This beer is truly quenching but still attention grabbing, which for me makes it a go-to beer to show off to friends. All the better that Il Vicino (host of this beer) also dispenses a fantastic root beer for the under 21’s that might be craving a little liquid connoisseurship.