BeerandBlues2 (13806) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours clear orange with a medium, frothy and creamy off-white head, medium to long retention with good lacing. Aroma is spicy, herbal and pine hops, pineapple and pear notes, meal and Pils malt. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness, light vinous notes, crisp and lightly sweet malt with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation. Brewdork (234) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2014
12 oz. bottle poured into shaker. Clear amber color with two fingers of bubbly off-white head. Somewhat muted hop aroma with some bready undertones. Taste seems more towards the lager end of the spectrum, with the signature finish. It’s perhaps a bit hoppier than a typical lager, but not overly so. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with this, I’m not sure I understand the point of an IPL. Of course I used to think the same thing about Belgian IPA’s, but I’ve found a few of those I like. I guess what I’m trying to say is "meh". TheHopster (1111) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2014
(Bottle). Pale amber complexion with thin white head. Flavor is a balance of hop and sweet malt. Decent balance. Short of a standout.
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Draught at Oasis Pub, New London, CT, 4/27/14thegreenrooster (4556) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Clear, filtered brass/copper body is topped by a moderate amount of off-white head that shows moderate retention.
Pure, simplistic hoppiness in the nose leans heavily to lemon-orange with very little variance/depth. Spongecake and sweet, buttercream certainly noteable on the end, with a touch of cheesiness and heavy breadiness/acidity. Fine, I guess, if a little underwhelmingly simple.
Hard, almost greasy mouthfeel with strong carbonation and sweet, bready, caramel-flavored malts give the heavy-handed hop bitterness a good balance, but taken together it’s just too much bitterness and sweetness. Very low depth of flavor, with orange rind, some grapefruit and even a fair amount of pine resin mixing with bready malts leading to way too much astringency. Pretty standard magic hat. Passable, I suppose, and certainly better than most industrial stuff, but not much of a step up, at this point.
Pour is a clear copper with a large white head. Aroma I surprisingly floral hoppy. Flavor is again a decent floral hop. Not much of a malt presence but a guess being a lager they kinda downplayed it. It’s light but definitely showcases the hops. One of Magic Hat’s better beers.
umich03jm (3512) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear golden-amber with a small head that fades to a messy ring. Aroma is surprisingly malty. Pale malt, light fruitiness, and grass. Tastes like a grassy lager. Just a touch of red fruit. Fairly strong bitterness in the finish. Not bad but a pretty boring IPL. Malaclemys (464) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle, pours clear copper with a white head. Aroma is clove, pine, sweet malt. Taste is pine, citrus, corn, clean. Bitter dry clean finish with a medium-light body. HoppyScallywag (339) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Nice hoppy scent and the initial taste proves. The hops bite hard then calm down on the palate. It doesn't longer very long. Pretty enjoyable IPL. I would certainly get it again when in an IPA kinda mood and wanted something to drink through the night.
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Pours a clear golden with a light quickly dissipating head. Aroma is full of citrus and a bit of a malt background. Taste is sweet with a crisp but oily finish that takes away from the lager side of the beer BrewIPA (94) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2014
12oz bottle, nice American pale lager, smell of hops and citrus, not very bitter, just a hint. Decent, refreshing.
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