BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Bottle via a trade with jbye4334. Pours with a small white head fading over an orange body. Aroma is orange, caramel and grain. Taste is hops, citrusy, some caramel and a bit faded. Medium carbonation. Ernest (7886) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Draught. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly malty (cookie), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Fans of citric pine sap cocktails will like this more than me...it's good for the style, I suppose, but there's dozens upon dozens of others just like it out there. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2004
GABF 2004: Pours a clear semi-hazy golden with a white frothy head. Aroma is piney and hoppy with a touch of malty sweetness. Mild candy-like, hoppy sweetness and caramel malt flavor throughout the body. Has a crisp, clean, dry semi-balanced finish. A nice IPA, but could’ve used some more balance and a fuller hoppy bitterness. ajnepple (7337) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2014
12 oz bottled in Nov. from Tipsy’s. Orange/amber and pretty clear with a sticky white head. Aroma of bitter hops (pine, floral, herbal), and rich malts (bread, caramel, toffee). Bitter, linerging flavor, with an average body. A little musty, not too fresh. ClarkVV (6940) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2006 12 oz bottle from Liquor Mart in Colorado, bottled in June 2005, remained on shelf from then until purchase in late September. Refrigerated from the beginning of October until consumption on 1/31/2006. The fill line was at the very bottom of the neck. I do not remember if this was the case when I bought it (most likely).
Braudog (6898) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2004
With such a poor fill and an aging period of 7 months, I was expecting the worst. To my great surprise the beer poured with a very large amount of head that even laced quite well. A light eggshell-beige color, atop a chill-hazed deep copper with light auburn tinges. Head retention is moderate, and probably even better had this been fresh. The nose is rather soft and mossy. Damp, leafy hops, soily and light bits of minerals and old oranges. But though it is not strong, it is a lasting aroma with substance to it. The malt is lightly peachy-sweet, with honey and some munich-like sourness. The flavor boasts of a very rounded, soft, citrus and floral hoppiness, with definite light peach and apricot notes. Plenty of sugary malt, light caramel and more of the munich sourness, more pronounced in flavor than aroma, comes out on the finish. Low carbonation, pushing watery, but not overly so. Very drinkable, medium bodied. Lack of lively, poignant hoppiness is the biggest problem here, but the flavors seem on for what it is. No doubt the fresh draught version must be a knockout.
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 Deep red with a solid head and bountiful hop aroma. Awesomely balanced creamy hoppiness. The perfect blend of grain flavors and hops. I love Il Vicino beers, two of which are the only ones I’ve rated as 5’s. blutt59 (6598) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Bottle, via trade with jbye4334, golden amber with soapy foam, aroma of
malty vanilla animal crackers, flavors of hoppy fruit and caramel with a
bitter finish jgb9348 (6579) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2003
Bottled with Bristol bottlecap. Amber colour with a very thin (1 centimetre) tan head which dissipates quickly. Very thick bodied in the pour...appears to be a very nice beer. Very strong, grassy, floral hops are very pleasant and DEFINATELY mouth watering. Medium-bodied; Grassy taste with a perfect balance between the malt and hops, but the hops come out and play very nicely. Strong floral presence, a bit piney and definately citrusy. I'm really glad I picked up this beer when I was out in Colorado, this is one of the best IPAs i've had recently! The aftertaste is pretty bittering, but in a good sense. Definately try this if you can find it! I wish I could have another bottle or two, but since I got it on a trip, i'm lucky to have one! Overall, this is better than the average IPA, especially from the east coast. I bought this twelve ounce bottle from Liquor Mart in Boulder, Colorado...but carted it back out to Washington, and it still tastes great!!! Suttree (6537) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 4, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2003 Golden Brown, thin head. Veggie smell. Woodsy, pine flavors, and an earthy finish. nuplastikk (6508) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2015
32oz crowler thanks to Elise. Pretty legit IPA. Malty and thick, this is no dextrose one-dimensional ride the fresh hops IPA. Thick caramel amber-brown body. Foamy, steady, glass-rimming head. Luscious malt depth. Juicy hop tones. Deeper than most IPAs malt wise, almost has an amber malt feel. Classic, solid US IPA.