kramer (6658) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark copper body with a small fizzy off-white head. The nose is bright and citrusy with lots of fresh hops and a moderate caramel malt base that has a touch of toastiness. The flavor is rather bright and citrusy as well with some nice grapefruity notes. A little more malt backbone than the Mt Nittany Pale, and not quite as floral. Still quite drinkable though, and not sweet at all. Medium bodied, a touch of chewiness in the texture with moderate fizzy carbonation. I really like the aggressiveness of the hops here while maintaining the 5% alcohol. Good beer.
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber pour. The nose is rich and a little bit spicy. Intensely hoppy. Soft fruitiness with a touch of sweetness on the back. Fruity with a nice aromatic spiciness. Pretty solid stuff.
deyholla (11175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Brian! Poured a clear deep amber with a tan head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma had a grapefruit note as well as grass and a hint of backing grain. Flavor was similar with the grapefruit being more dominate and just a hint of backing hay and grass.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed from a 22oz bomber in an English pint glass. The nose shows a pleasant malt character, along with a tea-like herbal note. However, it shows age, and lacks the hop presence one would expect from an American-style IPA. The palate is malt-forward, again showing a very pleasant complexity, reminiscent of a very high-quality Vienna lager. Munich comes through, especially. Carbonation is nicely calibrated. The finish is lightly malty and clean. Overall, it would be great to try the beer fresh, but a nice effort, even after a far longer time than the brewer likely intended.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A basic not-so-refreshing grassy IPA. Decent beer but nothing special.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh a few days after purchase
The look: Clear dark golden body topped by a medium beige head with good retention
In long: The not-so-aromatic nose has some grass and candied fruits. Taste is grainy malts, candied apples, dried fruits, grass, caramel, citrus fruits, tobacco, earth. The finish had this light tobacco nicotine flavor (like chewing on a cigarette filter) that became a bit annoying at the end of the bottle. Body was soft and the carbonation very smooth. All in all this was well balanced and enjoyable although not very refreshing. I wasn’t too crazy about this. I bought this beer because a gentlemen from Pennsylvania told me it was so good that I would come in my pants and see pink elephants if I drink this beer. Nah, I’m just kidding. There’s no gentlemen in Pennsylvania.
jar72404 (426) - USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewpub. Aroma is piney; flavor is piney and bitter. Good but not great.
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle purchased from brewery - brown/amber pour, woody and earthy toffee and caramel malts. crisp, grainy toasty malts, dry piney hops.
LilBeerDoctor (3888) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear amber with a thick off-white head. Aroma of citrus, caramel malt, and grassy hops. Flavor of caramel malt, spicy grassy hops in the finish. Pretty basic IPA - drinkable and tasty. Can’t complain here.
j12601 (10294) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Andy, Joe, Max, and Zach’s hotel room after night one of RBSG. Pours a lightly hazy brown with a thin white head. Slight toast and grain on the nose, a bit sweet. Medium bodied, grain and some caramel. Long bitter finish with some gentle toast.
MiP (15484) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Good piney hop aroma. Clear dark amber colour. Big stable creamy tan head. High bitterness, clean and slightly rough. Caramelly maltiness.