triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Pours clear gold & thick creamy head. Wonderful malt aroma, biscuit, some caramel, hidden grassy hops. Wonderful malt-hop balance: biscuit malt forward, resin-grass hop finish, flavors are not overwhelming. Medium body, moderate bitter finish. Spot on for an American IPA. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Amber with big, foamy tan head / Hoppy, caramel nose / Light to medium body, a little residual sweetness, chewy and hoppy, with good, dry finish / Flavors of caramel, dried hops, grapefruit, and bubblegum / An exceptional ipa, although more of an apa I’d say. 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.
artcore1980 (38) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle from De Bierkoning Amsterdam.
Aroma: a bit ofcaramel, a bit nutty and a subtle hop aroma.
golden color, frothy foam
medium to very bitter,
medium body, soft carbonation, bitter finish
uilliacc (20) - Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2010
According to the BOD this beer is a month old.... Bottle pour, pint glass-- easy-pour head from the 12OZ bottle just crested the pint glass and subsided to a rocky - white pumice stone head with no overflow. 1/4th inch head stays with it to the bottom. Old gold with a pretty rain of bubbles heading to the top... lots of lace. Bubbles still in steady release an inch from the bottom. A good looking beer. Clean aroma, spring time wind around Two-Rock Ca., Grassy, sea breeze filltered over 3 miles of meadow. Nice, wish it was stronger, more obvious. Tastes kind of like kent goldings smells... maybe willamette... not overpowering. Sometimes I like big hops, sometimes I like good hops. This is good hops. I like this... didn’t expect to, but I do. Best analogy I can give, is that in good cooking while a touch of garlic can make a dish pleasant, three heads of garlic will make you remember the garlic... this beer uses the hops to make good cooking... I think this beer makes my session list-- I hope left-hand can keep it consistent...
pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Aroma: Lots of floral and herbal hops, with a hint of citrus.
Appearance: Sparkling gold with a thick white head.
Taste: Medium sweetness tempered with a medium bitterness and a light sourness. Not unpleasant, and quite drinkable.
Palate: Light-medium body, slick texture, lively carbonation, and a long finish.
Overall: Left Hand clearly doesn’t go for the "the hoppier the better" IPA route, which makes this beer stand out. The hops are there, and quite flavorful, but not so overpowering that the drinker is forced to pucker. Hop heads will not be disappointed, but those looking for a more balanced brew will find sanctuary here as well.