Bill Becker (2003) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 7, 2017 atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours cloudy copper orange with off white head. Very active. Lots of bubbles look nice. The aroma is malty and hoppy. Cascade, grapefruit, and citrus. A very fruity hop on top of mild malts. Flavors are a sharp citrus hop, overly fruity and some alcohol after tastes. Hop bitterness does not seem ballanced enough. Lingering hop bitterness keeps you comming back, but the mix is unballanced.
From Aug 2008
I got this bottle in a trade with vermonthiker. Thanks Tom!
It's a nice deep amber pour with a 3 finger head of foam(cellar temp).
The smell is big on the hops. Floral plays it big here along with some piney notes but intertwined with the hops is a good malty sweetness. I like the nose.
The taste is quite bitter. The floral and piney hops make my mouth pucker a bit until some malt sweetness arrives mid palate but doesn't stick around long as the finish gets back on the hoppy and very dry side. Long bitter aftertaste here and it's nice. I'm kind of surprised that this is called an English Style IPA as the malt presence isn't nearly strong enough to hold its own with the hops but...whatever you call it, it's a mighty fine drop and really easy to put away as the abv is relatively low for the style.
It has a medium and oily mouthfeel to it, the carbonation is on the low side, and it finishes...err...I already covered that earlier. ;^)
Btw, awesome head retention!
Bottom line: This is an interesting and tasty and very bitter example of an IPA. It's my first brew from this brewery and I like what they've done here. I've gotta try more East coast IPAs...
jflopsu (1862) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2017 Had on cask. Pours a clear amber with no head. A malty aroma of caramel and fruits. A light body of caramel and fruit malts with some hops. A light afteraste with a slight bitterness. Leighton (22773) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2015
Draft at the brewery bar. Pours clear gold with a creamy white head. The nose has some dusty pine, berries, vague citrus fruits. Medium sweet flavor with crackery pale malts, light grassy bitterness, hints of citrus, leaves. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly resinous on the finish, some further crackers, hay, rind. Not great. kayres (888) - , Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2015
Cloudy orAnge with a thick white head. Malty aroma. Smooth full bodied bready. Hint of hops
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - JUN 27, 2015
This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy glossed over orange color with a slim one finger white foamy head that dissipated decently in a nice way. Lacing was decently stringy and messy.
The smell started off with a decent earthy to semi-grassy sweet hops running into a sly caramel backbone.
The taste pretty much copied the smell and had a decent sweet malty backbone leading to the semi-earthy and becoming slightly citrus (and English-esque) in the aftertaste and finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation is sly and carries the harshness just enough but stays back to allow the bitterness to take the lead.
Overall, good as an English IPA, is that what its supposed to be????, I’m not sure....
malrubius (3082) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Can from Meditrina. Orange with head lace and dense with tiny suspended yeasties. Mild orangy aroma with some brown sugar. Medium orangy sweetness with some grassy grains long herbal and orangy bitterness. Medium body. Fairly high internal carbo. Decent enough. jb (3445) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Floral hops in the nose, and very grainy grassy body. Not my favorite IPA in the last decade. Anne liked it. On tap at Tap and Mallet. ScipioA (405) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Penny orange body with a little haze and a creamy tan head. The aroma is faint herbal hops. Flavor is light honey and floral hop that reminds me of some English kow-key ales. Slight bitterness. Flavor is pretty watery. Well balanced body at least. It’s fine. RyanK (276) - Rhode Island, USA - SEP 26, 2014
12oz can Best buy date 12/13 so fresh as well. Lighter orange color, white head frothy and slow to dissipate, plenty of carbonation and appears unfiltered. Very weak aroma I can kind of pick up some pine hops. Taste like regular beer more than anything, malt dominates the hops which really don’t bring a lot of bitterness. So English malt heavy with tastes more skunky and alcoholish than normal. Dissappointed AdamChandler (5206) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Dark yellow no nose. Esther’s and creamy yogurt. A touch of banana with a woody pine needle and clove finish