MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2006
BOttle from the brewpub- Deep hazy orange pour topped with a finger of beige froth. Lots of belgian style lacing. Huge hops aroma matched up with very upfront breadyness and malty caramel. A "well balanced aroma" FLavours also hold their own. Very hoppy and upfront, with a great balance of sweet bready molasses. Very american in the bittering hops. Smooth and had a drinkablilty that few possess. This is an IPA. Could pass as a double. Very good example of the style due to its balance. apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Dark copper body, somewhat cloudy, with a dainty,laced white head. The flavor is full and rich with a biting array of well-blended hops. Gently malted. Smooth, bitter and refreshing finish. Some citrus, like grapefruit and oranges. kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2006 12 oz bottle via Malt of Earth monthly beer club shipment. Pours a semi-hazy amber with a nice dense head. Wonderful foral aroma with notes of orange, caramel, and pine. Taste starts out with some orange and caramel and ends with some resiny pine, line, graefruit. Crisp finish, Medium body. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Very nice. Reminds me of a mellower HOD Blue Dot..yummm...This is a WOLRD CLASS ipa if i have ever tasted one! grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2008
Pours a light amber with a nice head and nice lacing. Nice aroma of pine, citrus, sweet malt. Nice sweet flavor balanced with a good amount of bitterness. malrubius (3020) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 8, 2011
On tap at Detroit airport. Took me about 45 minutes of walking to find a local non-macro. Hazy straw orange with thick head and full lace. Nice floral grapefruity bready aroma. Very dry mild apricot with floral grapefruity assertive very dry finish. Excellent.
Kaya161 (1142) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2001
Awseome hop aroma and flavour. A stand out in the style.................... Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2003
I've only rated 2 other MBC beers? Surprising, as i know I've had a few others more than once! Whatever the case, this one is a winner - A very malty, bitter, vegetable and metallic (okra plus brillo pad?) set of flavors with some ascorbic acid (grapefruit) and a healthy citrus rind flat bitter sourness. Body is fantastically middle of the road. Underrated. For Michigan local IPAs, this comes in alongside two hearted, arcadia and sacred cow. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Bottle: Big hoppy sweet grapefruit and pine aroma. Pours a transparent brownish-red with a nice off-white head with good retention. Great lacing. Extremely quick initial citrus sweetness overtaken almost instantly by the big hoppy finish. Long hop aftertaste. Very well done. loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Murky dark amber color with a large, creamy off-white head. The aroma burst out with great citrus (lemons, grapefruit, orange) tones, and a bready/sweet background. The flavor was quite sweet...honey maybe...with a huge citrusy/bitter hops character. The feel was rather thick, but still crisp on the tongue...semi-dry finish. Absolutely wonderful IPA. Thanks Wohlfs! DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 3, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with Pailhead, thanks Kevin!) Pouring this really murky and dark ruddy-amber colored beer into my pint glass, this is already shaping up to be a winner. A nose of darker fruits, brown sugar, toasty malts, mild hop aromas, and light alcohol add to my growing impatience to sip this beer, and I simply can’t wait a minute longer. Oh baby, this is tasty stuff. Wow, is this really an IPA? Malty, lightly sweet and caramely, somewhat roasty and smoky, hoppy and bitter, with modest grapefruit notes in the finish. Alcohol is fairly evident to me, and together with the sweet and flavorful maltiness and solid hops bitterness, this seems more like a strong ale than an IPA. Full bodied, and the thick, heavy, and fully coating mouthfeel fills every crevice with long-lasting flavor. The tan head pours to a good height, but fades to a ring within a few minutes. But a quick swirl easily stirs up a fresh head. For what’s supposed to be just a "standard" IPA, this is insanely good. My glass is now empty, and that makes me weep.