ganache (6115) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Bottle. Nose is strong leafy PNW hops, green and tropical with slashing citric accents. A lot of lemon here, and some vanilla. Pours pale, lightly hazy bronze with a large fluffy beige head. Taste is strongly bitter and bone-dry, formerly spritely hops now supported by a meatier, woodsier sledgehammer of a base. Medium-full body utterly cleanses the palate, some mild grapefruit puckering and a touch more alcohol perceived than implied by the abv. Enjoyed. flatmatt (1636) - Northville, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden amber with a white head. Sharp lemony aroma. Flavor has biscuity citrus with some herbal tones and a bit of bitterness. Pretty good as a "session" IPA. DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2011
12oz bottle. A 4.2% IPA? Whaaaat? This will be interesting. Clear amber color, minimal head, some lacing. Very drinkable, certainly sessionable. Light aroma. This thing was gone before I could think of something to say about it. It is what it is: a sessioner jgb9348 (6654) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Deep slightly hazy copper coloured body with a thin off-white head (looked like it was going to be big when the top was popped). Aroma of sharp pungent hops, a good malt balance, some light floral notes and a dash of piney goodness. Medium-bodied; Dynamic hop flavour with an instantly drying bite up front followed up by a good grapefruit like taste with a good woodsy touch at the end and a little freshness noticeable, too. Aftertaste shows a lot of dryness, some alcohol, a bunch more hops and not much malt balance at the end - just a ton of hops thrown in the kettle. Overall, a nice IPA for the sake of the hops, without the malt balance. Try this if you like the drying hops without the deep heavy taste - this is akin to an Anti Imperial IPA - a bunch of the hops with not much of the body, very nice actually. I sampled this twelve ounce (NON stubby bottle, but not a long-neck either) purchased from Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan on 28-April-2011 (date on label: Apr0311) for US$2.29 sampled at home in Washington on 26-July-2011. deyholla (12702) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2011
On tap at Jolly Pumpkin A2. Pours a clear amber with a light brown head that lasts through out the beer. Aroma has notes of pine hops with a note of grass as well as some earthy backing grains. Flavor starts with pine but quickly transfers to a earth grass and hay note. A bit too earthy for me.
MrBunn (2869) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Bottle (not quite as sexy as the normal North Peak ones, though...) Pours a light orange with an understated head and aromas of light hops... citrus and resin. Flavor is a washed out IPA at its best... I’m not sure if that is good or not. It has a bit of a hops bite, but it’s weak... oranges and resin come through, but the malt doesn’t hold up and it comes off as weak. It’s not even sharply hopped enough to be a "hop tea" in my book. Tmoney99 (15228) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2011
Bottle. Poured hazy copper color with an average to large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate citrus and earthy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a good beer.
jtw (1170) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2011
12 oz stubby bottle, pours a golden-to-amber color with a thin sticky whitish head. aroma is nicely hopped but not acridly bitter, and smells like an IPA ’lite’. flavor and body confirm; it’s much more lightweight than a standard IPA, hence I suppose the "session" nomenclature but perhaps a tag of American Pale Ale/APA would be more accurate. Pleasant hoppy finish without destroying the palate, and I appreciate the lower ABV for extended drinking time. quite nice on a warm day but i suspect many raters will be disappointed by the IPA branding. Dogbrick (14391) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits on 05/13/2011: This beer is a mostly clear orange-gold color with a medium thin off-white head dissipates quickly. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of grassy hops and malt. Light to medium body with flavors of mild grassy hops, spice and malt. The finish is mildly hoppy and short. Slightly above average overall. milewide (2356) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2011
Cloudy amber color. Bitter hop aroma and taste. Fine bitter after-taste. Really thin body and head.