DrnkMcDermott (3121) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2008 12 oz. bottle. For the near-warning about how mild this is for an IPA, it actually pours out a nice, rich amber color. Bubbly head, and some particles swirling about in the body: yeast dregs or bits of unfiltered hop pellet? A good hoppy IPA smell with plenty of Cascade in evidence (although in this hop drought, there may be some substitutions at play). Very first taste impression is peppermint, then that’s gone. Following is a sharply bitter hop note with herbal backing. Plenty of malt here, but despite their description, the hops do get your attention. Notes of orange further down, and a whiff of alcohol to follow. Yeah, this is a good an IPA as I’ve found brewed in my home state; though I haven’t had as many Iowa beers as I’d like yet. Date notch suggests this is maybe two months old, so be sure to look for fresh stuff. JPDIPSO (6257) - Wauwatosa, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Bronze to copper color with a smallish beige head. Strong aromas of orange peels, soap and a hint of alcohol. Some caramel and butterscotch also in the scent. Very full flavored. Lots of malt in the front. Middle is full of herbal/grassy hops. Hops profile continues to get more citric into the finish and linger. Linger is a mix of caramel and fresh hops. barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2008
12 oz. bottle enjoyed after dinner while at The Boat House, Davenport, IA. poured a clear amber with a smallish dirty white head. aroma and flavor was a bit more malty than hoppy, yet was crisp and clean with just a hint of hop bitterness on the tail end. an easy drinking IPA. Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2008
1 L bottle bought at the brewery thanks to a very special lady. Aroma is very fresh, subtle, but nice, decently evident pale malt with some caramel to balance out the smell of a citrus/pine mix. Amber in color, fairly cloudy but not very opaque, minor carbonation, alright but the pour and head/lacing was pretty weak. I’m hard pressed to call this an ipa, just because it is a lighter beer that is very well balanced with a prominent pale malt flavor with a hint of caramel through the middle, though it starts more towards the piny hop side in the start and finish, with a slight sticky linger, body is on the lighter side, but a good feel overall. I would have to say this is the best beer made in Iowa, thanks Millstream. fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Bottle, notched with August. Probably best by? Aroma of toffee, coffee, overripe fruits, and dry-hopped notes, citrusy as it warms, mango even. Flavor brings out more bitterness from the hops, but is quite pleasantly balanced. Malts become toastier. Sort of like a revved up ESB. Not too shabby.
LilBeerDoctor (4032) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Bottle courtesy of pepsican. Pours a dark orange/brown with a small white head. Aroma of bitter Cascade hops. Flavor is mostly pale malts with some cardboard. I don’t know if this bottle is past its prime, but only a hint of the bitter hops remained in the finish. Kind of bland tasting. Not bad per se, but I wish it was a little more flavorful. pineypower (3345) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Thanks to Pepsican for this one. Pours out a clear amber color with a light head. Some citrus hops on the aroma. Taste is well balanced, some citrus hops and sweet malt notes going on in the background, slight hop bite on the finish. Skyview (6093) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Sampled on draught at the GTMW ’08. Pours a semi-clear coppery amber brew with a thin and fast dissolving off-white head that dissipates to a thin white ring. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus zest, and a touch of grassy hops. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of dry caramel malt, citrus and piney hops with a slight fruity background. Finish is semi-dry with a mild bitter and a fruit aftertaste. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Bottle thanks to pepsican - this one has a nice looking golden color with an aroma of straw and citrus. Flavor is mildly hoppy with some smooth maltiness. Decent finish. Not bad, especially for an Iowa beer. nearbeer (5518) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Thanks to General Gao for this 12 oz. Dark tea color with a two-finger head that lasts and leaves some crunchy lace. Spicy pecan and scorched sugar aroma. Tastes of peaches, pecan pie, and just enough resin citrus and oak barrel to balance. Light-medium body is softly carbonated, smooth and slightly dry. Unique and highly drinkable IPA.