Camons (12441) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2011
Bottle @ hotelroom, Denver. Pours golden with a nice fluffy head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, kiwi. Taste much like aroma, though abit sweeter, nice bitter finish tho. Medium body, soft carbonation. 180211 ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - FEB 18, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a clear pale orangish yellow with a large white puffy head, and good lacing. Smell is of grapefruit, hops, malt, floral notes, and some caramel. Taste is smooth with citrus, piney hops, and dandelion. Ends a little tangy on the tongue and nicely bitter. Has session IPA written all over it, with the taste to back it up. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2011
This poured a cloudy orange color with an off white head. Aroma was of lots of piney resinous hops, light citrus and caramel too. Flavor was bright piney hops upfront, but followed by a somewhat hollow stale malty finish. Lacking a bit. mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2011
A citrus hop aroma invites further exploration, along with pronounced hop lace. The flavor is very gentle for 70 IBU’s, with plenty of resin, pine, and citrus notes and a light malt sweetness with almost no yeast artifacts. The hop resins create an oily/sticky texture offset by abundant carbonation. Overall a full-bodied, clean, and well-balanced IPA. peteysmu (63) - USA - FEB 11, 2011
Pretty decent IPA with a subtle bitter taste. Has a carbonated kick to it...
Niko100 (2913) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Nice amber/gold color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of pine hops, some floral, & citrus; Flavor of slight sweet malt, pine hops, floral, and citrus (notably grapefruit); Finish is bitter; Nicely balanced; Overall, lots of hops - pretty good. jw0406 (1275) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2011
12 oz bottle pours a golden amber color with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus, floral. Balanced nicely, but not pops with this beer. A nice value IPA osu97gp (678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Pours a clear orange with a medium sized off-white head & nice lacing. Aroma stong citrus and piney hops. Flavor of is herbal hops with malts. I am little disapointed with the flavor since I was hoping for something with a bit more citrus/piney hops (as the aroma hinted). Also the balancing malts don’t match the flavor of the hops very well. It’s still a pretty good beer, but I was expecting a less harsh of a flavor. LetsGoState (883) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Aroma of earthy hops with an identical taste and bitter bite. Overall not bad, but not my style. lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2011
The Ranger poured out crystal clear and oddly reminded me of the way the sun shines through a slice of mandarin orange. Or maybe a coppery apricot with rich golden-honey highlights. It produced a handsome buff/beige whipped cream head that was, again, easily 3 to 4 fingers thick - possibly 5 when I first poured it. Refusing to disappear, the frothy foam held itself together in nice big snow piles that drifted across the middle while thick sheets of fluffy lace clouds clung effortlessly to the glass.
The nose came across fairly mild, but I think I’m expecting these IPAs to be Imperials or Doubles, when they are only (and not a bad only) regular IPAs. I’m a sucker for a good punchy hop. Regardless the aroma of this IPA, though mild, was chock-full of grapefruit pith rolled up in some marijuana and soaked in oily lemon peel. The obvious zesty hops were present with an even bitterness that was smoothed out by light pale malts, and while I tried to find where the minimal pine accents were coming from, they really didn’t associate with the rest of the scents too much even in the flavor.
Where the nose was nice and mild, the flavor was definitely mellow in its own way. Carrying a nice medium body with heavier medium carbonation, the Ranger also offered a slick oiliness that coated my tongue and mouth while at the same time ended on a dryer note. I’ve gotta find out how they do that, it doesn’t make sense to me that something can be oily and dry at the same time...and still taste delicious. I think the oil came from the lemon peel that was in the aroma, but the taste was more lemon-lime with touches of grapefruit rind. I was a little surprised to find that none of the citrus flavors were very pronounced or obvious despite the use of both Cascade and Chinook hops, and much of the taste came out in light unidentifiable florals and herbs. Nearing the end of my glass, I was able to pay more attention to the sweetness emanating from the liquid and recognized a light honey and a few caramel malt notes just around the edges. These were offered with some breadiness that helped me to really feel it in my mouth - making it taste stronger/thicker.