tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2006
12 ounce bottle from my SS Winter 06. Pour a dark cherry read with a nice white whipped topping head. The head clings nicely to the sides of my shaker glass. Rich hoppy citrus and pine aroma with some medium/dark crystal malts. Flavor leaves a bit to be desired. Leaves a strip of leafy hop bitterness, but its is pretty restrained. I would’t bill this as an IPA. Nice pale ale though. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2006
Clear orange coloured beer topped by a white cover that mostly lasts. Efficiently extracted malt base with a good crystal backbone offers a competent juicy, fruity base for the hops to thrive on. Full-on cascade reminds of a shaper St-Ambroise with dominant citrus fruits and resinous flavors. Enough malt to stand up to the hops, so this remains a solid American IPA, besides the ridiculously childish label. Light-bodied, aromatic, highly drinkable and juicy. MartinT (9795) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 Any first impressions?guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2006
-A veil of foam sails atop the fiery orange copper.
-Biscuity caramel malts ground the resinous, citrusy C-hops for a telling aroma.
-Fruity caramel and wooden resins combine for a juicy IPA flavor profile, aided by citrusy oranges.
-The playful body takes advantage of the fluffy carbonation and forms a nourishing and drinkable combination.
What if you dig deeper?
-Considering the juvenile nature of the beer’s name and label, I would have expected brash hoppiness, but this is a well-balanced surprise.
-The leafy, wooden hop bitterness is well-leveled.
-There is nothing frightening in this American IPA; this is simply a well-crafted, tasty rendition of the hoppy liquid.
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2010 Reddish brown appearance with a large tan head and good lacing. Citrusy, floral hop aroma. Citrus, spicy, bitter taste with a strong alcohol presence. Dry, medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Sharp, lingering finish. RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Tasty, and a nice IPA/red ale hybrid. Excellent balance and easy drinking. Recommended.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Reddish amber body, large tan head, great lacing ... a beautiful beer. Nose of sweet malts and PNW hops. Taste of sweet malts, toffee, pine and citrus, with a long bitter finish. Definitely an American IPA, not a red. Enjoyable, though neither intense or complex as my favorite American IPAs. hopdog (12341) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2006
12oz bottle. Poured a deep and see through orange color (with a reddish tint to it) with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, and caramel. Tastes of oranges, light pine, light caramel with a grapefruit finish. spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Bold, beautiful hop aroma. Pours a nice amber with a thin, off-white head. Refined cascade hops upfront with a slick, caramel finish. Hoppy aftertaste lingers for a good few minutes. Would definitely buy again. desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Reddish amber body, beige head. Aroma of caramel and hops. Flavor has that unmistakable piney, citrusy cascade hoppiness, but is balanced by loads of caramel malt. Not until the initial flavor subsides do the hops really take over and dominate the flavor. The finish is simply loaded with hops, and is dry and sticky sweet. Tasty IPA and a good showcase of cascade hops. JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Bottle from Sam the Beer Man, Binghamton, NY. I’m a hop head and this one pretty much smacks that cascade hop flavor without ever becoming truely vicious, hence the red ale designation. This is easy to drink but not overly complex. It is very well balanced but has a somewhat wet to medium finish. I had this one on tap (Rooster Fish, Watkins Glen, NY) as well and the tap version blows the bottled version away.