LinusStick (3484) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Blah. Nasty beer. Don’t know if this was a bad bottle or what. Aroma was alright. Grains, grapefruit and a slight corniness. Pour was a nice dark gold with a one finger off white head. Taste was not good. Strong vegetal flavors block the slight hoppiness. Cream corn and pureed vegetables with a bitter medicinal aftertaste. As it warmed the vegetable flavor gave way a little bit (or did I just get used to it?). Not good cheap (5958) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2011
On tap at the house of a 1000 beers. Looks like pale lager. No head, Smells like a pilsner. Taste is like a stronger pilsner. A quite bitter beer but I would never have guessed this was IPA, eh. A little over the top fer sure. Long bitter heavily astringent finish. Not too likable for a lager lover but may appeal to some impy pilsner likers. arkurzynski (2446) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Bottle courtesy of watson1977. Hazy amber with white head. Sweet caramel malt and light fruity citrus hops. Moderate citrus/grapefruit hops that end very herbal/woody/earthy. Moderate malt backbone. Medium on the palate, ends dry from hop bitterness. reggiedunlop (3725) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Pours a clear amber with a medium white head...nice lacing and decent retention. Aroma is very floral and citrusy...pineapple, orange, and mango...slightly sweet. Flavor has some spicy grapefruit and orange blossom...a bit of caramel and vanilla...ever so slight diacetyl? Mouthfeel is light/medium and silky and the finish is earthy, bitter, and dry. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2011
In short: An earthy fresh-hop IPA. Nice.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2011
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed a few weeks after purchase but probably a few months old
The look: Cloudy dark copper body topped by a large beige head with good retention
In long: Strong hoppy nose the way only a fresh-hop beer can be, plenty of hops with a signature that is at times very leafy, earthy, spicy, coniferous but also just overall woody, almost perfumed. Taste proposes a toasted grainy malts, lots of earth, forest floor, graham cookies, some caramel, some rusty notes, tree bark, leafy hops, coniferous hops. Bitterness level is medium. I don’t know how to word it or explain it but I find most fresh-hop IPAs feel a bit dirty, and this ones takes it to another level. This was rather tasty and nourishing. Felt like I was drinking a bitter dirty park bench. Not bad at all. But who the hell decided to put Philadelphia in such a bad neighbourhood.
Slightly hazy orange-yellow pour with a light tan head. Aroma of burnt caramel and tons of hops. Flavor is soapy with toasted malt, and pine. Bitter, earthy finish with citrus notes. A bit astringent. GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 13, 2011
651mL. Pour is a lightly hazed tea amber with a medium, yellowish, creme head. Spotty lace. Cedar and sharp lemon, citrus, melon nose. Taste is wildly bitter, very nutty with loads of dark chocolate and nut skins/shells. Softer mouthfeel. Quenching and bitter with no cheesy hops at least. Not bad. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Iced tea, caramel and hop nose, a bit cereal grains. The taste is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, rather stale, watery malts, some citrus hops.spruce, Travlr (25496) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Bottle. Cloudy amber brown, white head. Aroma of floral pine, and a bit of caramel. Taste is very bitter, over the top. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2011
THOUGTHS: Very dark pale ale. I’m like it from the start. It had a ton of hops flavor. It was sort of in between a regular and a black IPA. Definitely different. Tons of flavor, but it could use a little more body or to be less oily. It was a little like Yakima Glory Lite. It may not be to style, but it is a great beer.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark amber that was just about brown in the glass with and average to large, tan head that mostly diminished except for a thin sheet that left good lacing. The aroma was nice but weak. It had light molasses and caramel; lighter roasted malt; light pine and resin; something slightly rubbery. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and light to moderately bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and moderately to rather bitter with an average to long duration. There was roasted malt, caramel malt, molasses, maple syrup, piney hops, resinous hops, citrus rind, hints of rubber and grapefruit. The medium body was really oily and made the body seem even lighter. It also had lightly fizzy carbonation and a slightly metallic finish.