shanec (1) - Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2007 does not count
This is in all honesty one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had. It’s not too malty or overbearing in flavor. The aroma is, simply, rich in hoppiness. I spent 10 minutes just breathing in this beer - I suggest you do the same! The aftertaste on the palate is quite similar to the aroma of the beer. Citrusy, floral flavors with a marvelous bitter, hoppy finish. I recommend this IPA to all hops lovers. BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Crystal clear amber pour with medium frothy head that holds for a good long time. What ever flowering hops they used for this beer, its amazing. Wholly incredible flavor! That insanely fresh hops aroma transfers straight into the flavor. I can not believe that this beer is brewed just minuets from my home. A beer all Iowans can be proud of. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Draft in Iowa. Red-amber with good, creamy, off-white head / Nose of sour malt, bread, and citrus / Medium, chewy, body, bright and lively, with good balance and dry, lightly bitter, finish / Flavors of sour malt, brown sugar, bread, grapefruit, orange, and dry hops / Not a classically defined IPA, more of an amber ale, but a very fine brew. cazort (568) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2008
(Bottle) Although not the strongest flavored of beers, I found this to be one of the most enjoyable IPA’s I have yet tried. In many American-brewed IPA’s, the hops have a heavy taste that borders on unpleasant. The hops in this brew are very fresh and clean tasting, and yet still somewhat complex, and moderately powerful. I could deal with a little more hops and a little more bitterness, actually. The malt is more subdued, but at least it’s not too heavy. I think this is an excellent IPA, although, if you are looking for one of those ultra-powerful bitter and hoppy ones, this might fall slightly (only slightly) short of your expectations. FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 22, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle.
A - Hazy, orange-copper color that is a bit darker than others in the style. A pretty large, foamy, fluffy, cloudy, soapy white head. Pretty good retention
S - Pretty good amount of sweet orange and grapefruit citrus hop aroma along with some spicy herbal hops and a good amount of pine resin. Fair amount of caramel malt in the background definitely balances it out a bit. Some floral backgrounds as well.
T - Not quite as hoppy as the nose suggests. Caramel malt provides a strong backbone. Some citrus hops come out, but not as much as the nose, the major hop flavors that come out are herbal, grassy, and tobacco flavors with a touch of spicy hop flavors. Pine resin also comes out a bit more than the nose. Pretty hoppy for a Pale Ale, but not as hoppy as a bigger IPA.
M - Medium feel with around average carbonation. Crisp feel with a dry and sticky finish.
D - Good balance of malt and hops with a nice body. Doesn’t really inspire me to drink more, but I enjoyed drinking it and could drink another.
Notes: Somewhere between a Pale Ale and an IPA as far as hoppy flavors go. Not a bad beer and pretty good on a warm day, at least when it is pretty fresh.
iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2009
One of the best pale ales i have had thus far. Pale pour (imagine that) Little bit of spice on the palate and a little bit of a citrus note. fidelis83 (2510) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Pours dark, very slightly hazed copper with a tall, yellowish off white head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is grass, citrus, some pine, herbal, caramel, biscuit and melon. Flavor is grainy, sweet malts, citrus, a little pine, biscuit, honeydew, a little grainy funk, wet limestone and a little breadiness. Palate is light to medium body, creamy, slightly chalky and neutral right up till the end where it dries out a bit, it has just the right amount of a really pillowy but slightly sharp carbonation. I really don’t think this stuff fits the IPA style very well as it really lacks the overall strength of an IPA. That being said, I really don’t care if it fits the category, this is a damn fine (India?) pale ale. Easily the best brew that I have had from my home state of Iowa... Now to convince my local store to carry it. skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2012
I enjoyed the brew a lot for an IPA usually not my style. I have to agree with the commercial description for this beer that American IPAs are becoming hop monsters and this beer was nicely balanced.
I poured it into my Lion stout tulip glass this produced a dark copper colored beer with a small, quickly dissipating 2 finger head. There was good lacing throughout the sampling. Aroma consisted of light citrus hops and a very strong malt. The taste was dominated by malts up front and then a very slight hop bitterness. I glad that I have four more to drink.