phaleslu (10895) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2011
22 oz. bomber shared by STLWill- thanks again, Will! I had never heard of this before. Pours a clear amber color, sort of dull, with a small white head. Aroma is super heavy on malts of all stripes, mostly pale and sweet, with some earthy hops, raisins, and wheat. Flavor follows up with just as much maltiness- sweet, bready, dry, and pale- along with earthy hops, raisins, wheat, oats, and pistachios. Really unusual aroma and flavor profile for an IPA, but damn if I didn’t like it. Medium-bodied, with a malty mouthfeel (duh) and a lot of soft carbonation. Highly unusual beer- I wouldn’t have picked it out as an IPA at all- but it worked for me. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2012
651mL 2011ed thanks to BeerHawk11. Pours clear, true amber with a healthy, off-white to buttermilk cream head. Nice retention settling with webby, sticky lace. Low carbonation. Nose is feels like they forgot to dry hop or perhaps these local hops are beta acid deficient. Instead, the nose is thick malty, oatmeal, husky grain, rustic earth. Mild butter character. Taste is very strange: sharp and spicy, raw grainy, corn field. No real apparent flaws but it is essentially a very malty, rich amber ale with almost no hop profile expected in American style IPA. I don’t really have a problem with this but it does actually taste "farmy" and raw/rustic. No diacetyl or soap, which is nice. Thicker, oatmeal and cream of wheat finish. Very interesting....could certainly use some aromatic hops and a bump in IBUs which feel very low for style. Probably 30 IBUs. wlajwl (7205) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Aroma is relatively faint piney hops. The flavor is mild grapefruit, malts and not bitterness compared to other IPAs. Not bad, not great. heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2011 Tried again with the 2011 version. Vastly improved with a much stronger hop profile. While not in the super bitter range, it is much more like a decent IPA now. I would be ok with having this on on a regular basis if it tasted this good all the time. Dark amber colored body with a long lasting yet thin light khaki head. The nose has some caramel and a little bit of grapefruit. There is also some hay. This smells very sweet. Hay and a little bit of grapefruit in the taste. Candy caramels and apple come to play after drinking more. This is a crystal malt bomb. I like, but do not love this one. It is like an amped up amber ale. CanIHave4Beers (4238) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Sampled at the Release Party. I figured since the shindig was actually on my route home from work, and considering all the decent ratings pastime pale ale has been getting as of late, stopping in wouldn’t be a huge waste of my time. Pours from draught a deep orange with a small but ever-present head, markedly clear with a fairly low rate of carbonation. The aroma is weird right up front, very akin to the smell of a dairy farm, which gives way to a sweet floral notes and some noticeable caramel. There is a resiny and sort of indistinct hop aroma about it almost like a generic hop aroma if that means anything. Maybe too many varietals? I honestly don’t know how you would get a beer to smell like this, so who knows why it’s odd? The flavor is similar, and riddled with the same sorts of troubles the first batches out of the brewery had. There is certainly a noticeable chorine character and some sort of dishwater messiness. There are plenty of hops in the flavor, and it’s really quite green all together. The beer touts it’s use of all Iowa grown hops, which while admirable the hops flavor is very haphazard all together, somewhat harsh with a bit of fruitiness. I made the comment to my wife that it seemed like a "hop train wreck". I’ve had one too many "fresh hop" flops from homebrewers in recent years, and this tastes exactly like one of those. There is some sweet caramel in the background, and I imagine once those hops fade out this is going to be a caramel bomb... obviously this isn’t the intent of the brewer, but at $6 a bomber, you can bet plenty of this will sit on the shelves. The palate is really nicely full and the light carbonation lends to a damn near perfect mouthfeel on it though.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Draft. Poured a clear copper color with a thin light tan head. I smelled hints of pine and sulfur. Not all that attractive. Light to medium bodied and slightly sweet without much bitterness. Tasted of lemony dish soap, subdued pine, dry toast, and minimal caramel. While there was nothing extremely offensive, I didn’t particularly like this one. DrnkMcDermott (3176) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2012
22 oz bottle, Bought in March from HyVee in Newton ($4.99). My Earth Day beer if you will, not just because I’m a homeboy, but as in more ingredients being sourced from nearby. Pours with a big head, and and orange, slightly pink tinge to it. Head stays pretty big and even crown over the top of the glass. Smell is a usual Cascade/Centennial note, mostly bits of citrus. Hop taste is still pretty fresh, just slightly green with a few grass clippings along with an aggressive bitterness. Malt profile is supportive of the hop. Feels like Madhouse is overcoming its freshman bumps and starting to dial in its recipes better. If they come back to tweak their flagship beers, better. Anyway, clearly shows the properties of its hop varietals, Sharply bitter, yet pretty quaffable--and hopheads can choke down some pretty undrinkable stuff to get the hop burn. Hmm… caught a very slight whiff of smoke or peat that I’m sure isn’t intended. But an enjoyable nightcap after a day in which the Blackhawks survived to Game 6 and, oh yes, A White Sox Pitcher Notched ANOTHER Perfect Game. fidelis83 (2535) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Pours clear amber with a 2 finger, sort of chunky light beige head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is full of sweet malt, super buttery toffee, watermelon Jolly Ranchers, caramel and a little floral, citrusy hop character, but not much. Flavor is buttery toffee, cream corn, fruity candy, old mop water, band aids and light medicinal notes. Palate is light to medium bodied, slightly chalky and dry throughout with a light to moderate carbonation. This is a terrible IPA, really more of a completely subpar amber ale than IPA. Looks really nice though. DietPepsican (1589) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Amber pour with a white head. Sweet caramel aroma. Flavor was sweet syrupy caramel and a bit of hops that had little flavor. Reminds me of a 6 month old IPA. Sweet finish. I hope they reformulate the next time. GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Glad to see another decent Iowa ipa. Very fizzy, dissipating head. Orange pour. It’s more malty, caramelly than hoppy (though a bit of citrus to it), so not your normal IPA, but it’s pretty drinkable.