SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 4, 2011
bottle. lots of sediment as previously mentioned. murky copper with small white head. lemon and pine nose. flavor is quite bitter in the finish. lots of piney citrus hops that deliver a punishing aftertaste. a sticky sweet malt tries to provide balance. pine and caramel. medium-full body. kind of dirty. not an atl summer beer. elgiacomo (746) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2011
12oz bottle, fresh release (but date code is missing from bottle). Served at around 45F.
rajendra82 (1109) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Pours murky orange/amber with lots of bits of floaties flying around. Two finger off-white long-lasting head that is quite dense and foamy and leaves some super sticky rings and spots of lacing.
Aroma is primarily floral and grassy with some notes of apricot, citrus and pine, bread and caramel malts underneath. Good but not great strength.
Flavor is orange and grapefruit citrus, apricots, resinous hops and some pine, fairly hefty caramel malt backbone, a bit of sweetness but finishes mostly dry with good bitterness. Minimal alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, creamy, good to strong carbonation.
Very solid IPA from Red Brick. Quite hoppy but balanced with a good malt backbone.
The orange amber colored body was typical of many IPAs. The carbonation fizzle was brief, and the head that formed was two finger thick, with large craggy foam. The aroma was hoppy, but lacked that oomph to punch you in the nostrils. It was a rather mild floral and grapefruit hop smell. The taste was also mildly bitter with a grassy or metallic tang to it. The malts provided a honey like sweetness to counter the bitterness. The body was a touch shy of medium thick, and there was some stickiness in the mouthfeel. Seems like a by the numbers IPA. Not bad at all, but could use some additional boldness to bolster character. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2011
12 oz bottle on 11/21/11. first, it does not live up to its name… it is a malt forward IPA - where the hops take a back seat. deep orange pour with lots of sediment and a 1+ finger white head. citrus hop nose with a big caramel malt presence. medium body with orange bitterness, smooth caramel malts and light spice. deep caramel malt finish with light bitterness that sticks around for a bit. if you like your IPAs balanced and in the English style - this is for you. Suttree (6578) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 26, 2011
I wonder how a beer like this would do in a blind IPA tasting, because sometimes I think beers benefit from lowered expectations, and sometimes they tend to get pre-judged because there from a brewery that everyone had decided is mediocre. For example, this was a nice, fairly sessionable IPA that seemed as good as IPA from breweries held in higher esteem. I liked it, and would get again.