StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Clear pale orange in color with a head that looks like melting ice on a pond. Aroma is honeydew, hop bouquet, orange rind, grass stains and a squeeze of lemon. Nice smelling, but fairly subdued for the category. Flavor has pineapple and grapefruit leading the way. Honeyed, sugar sweetness in line with nectarines and apricots. Really tasty and easy to take on; a 12 oz. bottle won’t take long to take care of. Light and smooth bodied with some hop stops on the palate along the way. Tingly, citrus hops are met with a mild malt complexity. Finish is sugar sprinkled grapefruit. hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2005
My overall take-away is that this is perfectly in line with its release date - a summer version of an Imperial IPA, meaning that it’s lighter, without that "hit you in the face" bitterness," which leads to a bit of a conundrum for my overall opinion (standing on its own, it’s a very good beer, but put against other I2PAs, it’s a little light.)
Always fun to try new beer from New Glarus, glad I found this one today. Aroma of grapefruit, pine and lemon grass. Nice and fruity. Orange color with a thin white head that diminishes, typical of New Glarus. Good initial flavors of sweet malt then it quickly changes to a warming and lightly bitter orange and pine-grass. Not too bitter at all, very fruity. Medium-full body with a creamy texture and a dry, metallic finish. It does leave your tongue a little numb. Overall it is pretty good, I’m enjoying it. tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JUN 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2005 I’ve had two already in celebration of my birthday. This beer is nothing like I thought it would be but quite good. First off, it pours a very pale, light golden color, with a small white head. Just a hint of orange color in the body. I drank this one rather warm, so I got a big, complex nose right off the bat. Aroma of heavy orange oil, pineapple, cashew fruit juice, a little grass, and the slightest hint of christmas trees with a little EtOH thrown in. Sweet orange and thick malty tastes; huge hoppiness without extreme bitterness. Dry, with a full body. I’m not sure if my tongue is numb from all of the hops or because of the alcohol. Huge fruitness. This is a big, beautiful, subtly assertive beer and my kind of IPA -- I am waiting for another few months to have another and re-rate to see how this one progresses.