rajendra82 (1064) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2004 The beer came in a brown 12 oz. bottle courtesy of beeradvocate mikeys01 and HHHIF 1.0 take two. The pour was reddish brown in color and cloudy to the point of opacity (because I dumped in the yeast). The head was tall and crowning outside the pint glass. The aroma was very unlike an IPA with a dominant earthy yeastiness backed by soured cherries. The taste confirmed that despite the labeling, this is most definitely not an IPA.
The taste has cherry and plum flavors in there with a puckering sourness, and healthy bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste lingers on with a soft woody dryness. The body is dense and has a chewy sharp mouthfeel thanks to the abundant yeast floating around. The drinkability is very good, and the alcohol might as well not be in here. A very decent Lambic clone or a Flemish Red perhaps. What were they thinking when they called this an IPA.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy dark reddish-brown beer with less than an inch of off-white head. Yeast at the bottom of the bottle - swirl and dump. Decent lace throughout. Strong tart fruit aroma. Wild plum? Sour cherry? Not sure. Tart though.
More tartness in the flavor - but very nice. And fruity. Its some type of stonefruit. A little honey sweetness in there to balance the tartness. Some hop bitterness, but not a lot, and not one that I can identify easily. Medium body, lightly carbonated. Residual tartness - no bittering.
Cloudy? Tart? Lightly hopped? Hey Kuhnhennís - you call it an IPA, I entered it as an amber/red, but in a blind taste taste, I would swear that this is a fine Flanders Red.