gutowski (3) - USA - MAY 5, 2010 does not count
I don’t have a lot of experience with English pale ales, so here goes. Color is dark clear gold with a white head that dissipates quickly. Taste is medium bitter on the front end, then a hint of pineapple?? toward the back of the tongue. Maybe pine. Body is light to medium; carbonation is has a nice bite; finish is bitter. I tend to like bitter beers more than sweet, so this one isn’t bad. Overall, I’d rate this beer pretty good, but I think I’d rather load up my fridge with other varieties. Also, cool label. brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Pours a clear copperish color with a medium white head. Aroma of caramel, bread, grapefruit, and flowers. Malty flavor with hints of caramel, pine, and bread with a medium finish. Not a bad brew but nothing outstanding.
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2010
While not the depth or variety of flavors necessary to be a truly exceptional IPA, this was a tasty and enjoyable offering from Left Hand. Of particular note was the appearance of the beer, which had a bright orange, less-coppery-than-usual color, complemented by a creamy, slightly off white head. Bludwig (31) - USA - MAY 2, 2010
Alright, what we have here is an English-style IPA. Interesting considering that nowadays IPA drinkers seem to be fixated on the huge hop American style. I hope this beer gets a fair shake and folks rate the ale on what it is supposed to be, not what it is not.
Aroma: This ale has a light citrus bouquet with herbal/spicy undertones. After a few swirls and sniffs, a light bready/ biscuity malt aroma appears.
Appearance: The head was not very big to begin with, but the lacing has remained and covers the whole top of the beer which is nice to see. This could be a sign of good carbonation. The color is a very nice golden amber hue which is a pleasant change from the deep ruby amber color associated so often with IPA’s.
Taste/Palate: This beer starts with a bitter hop feel which prickles with the mild acidity and carbonation down the center of your palate. There is a very different feeling to this beer, an almost earthy feeling bitterness with just a hint of pine resin which drys out the still very light malt body. When exhaling after each sip I get a light caramel flavor accentuated on my palate which finally finishes dry and mildly citrusy.
Overall: I would like to try this beer next to some other British IPA’s to get a solid comparison, but the very well balanced dry finishing ale feels like they hit the nail on the head. The emphasis on well balanced and crafted beers is what Left Hand is known for and this beer does not disappoint.
tmgiddings (41) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2010
12oz bottle - Pours yellow/orange with a thing speckled head. Aroma is citrus and caramel, and taste is black tea, citrus and bready malt with a bitter tea finish. Mouthfeel is dry. Not a typical IPA. It certainly won’t please the average hophead, but I enjoyed this beer. Very original.
bigbish (712) - California, USA - MAY 1, 2010
I like this beer. In the era of overhopped American IPAs, this is a little different. A great balance of hops and malts so you could actually drink it all day long. Good stuff. keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Where’s the "India" in this India pale ale? No significant hop character or aroma. Unremarkable even considered as a pale ale. HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - MAY 1, 2010
12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a clear gold with a finger of white head. Restrained hop aroma with some caramel malt. Definitely more on the malty side. Light to medium bodied. More caramel malt. Hops are pretty subtle but show up with some drying in the finish. The first bottle of the six I drank almost seemed infected, but the others were better. Didn’t seem that English to me. I expect more of a soft fruitiness from the yeast. Ibrew2or3 (8660) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2010
Courtesy of jcwattsrugger. Pours clear gold with frothy off white head. The aroma is mild with a vitamin pill quality followed by spicy and pine hops. The taste is sweet with malts moving toward earthiness, spicy hops and then ending with sort of a water mouth feel. swenocha (81) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2010
Golden pour. Earthy and sweet aroma. Slight bitter, earthy hop flavor. Bready, biscuity, a little sweet. All right, but not among my favorite IPAs. Certainly drinkable, but the bready/sweet character isn’t working for me.