jb (3275) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Probably the best I’ve had from Redhook. Orange with great lacing. Left rings along the way as I drank it. Very strong pine and grapefruit notes both present. Not much malt as per IPA, but very moist, smooth, silky mouthfeel. Enjoyable. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Bottle. Hmmm is this an IPA or a bland Pale Ale? I would have expected more out of this beer. However if it were in the pale ale category it would probably score fairly high...it tastes good just too damn light to be a true IPA. Oh well. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2008
(Bottle) Pours a golden color with a thin head. Faint aroma of hops, with some dust and grain in there as well. A very mild IPA to say the least. The flavor wasn’t bad, as it was a pretty balanced beer. However, the hint of decent hop notes was completely negated by the malty body and light palate. Personally, I think this is a good ’IPA starter’ beer to introduce to my pale lager loving friends. Kaga (4) - Muncie, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2008 does not count
spruce, basement aromas,
pale, sparkling, frothy head
lightly bitter (FOR AN IPA)
medium body, oily feel, average carbonation, bitter finish,
it’s important not to pigeon hole IPA’s, but this honestly (OBJECTIVELY) wasn’t my favorite beer. it seemed to have all of the bitter and negative qualities of an IPA without all of the wonderfully robust flavors and "kick you ass" kick. Looks BEAUTIFUL, but that doesn’t carry weight if it doesn’t taste good.
I wouldn’t pay to drink this again. stchloe (1104) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Hardly worthy of being an IPA, the hops are weak at best. Bland and light body.
tennisjoel (1465) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Yellow gold pour with minimal head. Mild IPA. It has a decent flavor. Okay with citrus, pine, lemon. Well, I think it’s a little better than the score indicates, so there may be a little bit of bias, yet it still falls short of many within its style. jmm635 (1011) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2008
(Tap) Clear light orange color with a small off white head. Crisp hoppy aroma. Taste is hoppy, but balanced nicely with some malts. Light bodied.... not as bitter as a typical IPA. DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - SEP 2, 2008
(Bottle). Citrusy aroma. Light orange color with almost no head. Flavor has the IPA citrus tang, and some hops bitterness and malt background, but everything is muted and overly restrained. Not bad really, just not enough. probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2008
Sampled at Flour City Brewers’ Fest, Rochester NY. AU15/08.rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - AUG 31, 2008
App.: Clear deep golden, fair white froth.
Aroma: Strong fresh hopes – citrus and pine, leafy, light malts.
Palate: Medium body, sparse but sharp carbonation.
Flav.: Very fresh leafy hops that is almost savoury, some fruitiness; dry with fair bitterness.
Didn’t love the hop flavours.
Poured from tap an orange-amber with a small off-white head. Aroma was a muddled aged floral hop, toast, and wet cardboard. Flavor followed with a slightly bigger floral hop presence, a somewhat malty body and a lingering dry bitter finish. Overall tastes like it could have been a nice hoppy IPA but had aged and oxidized slightly letting in some off flavors and toning down the better hop aromas and flavors. I think I’d skip over this one on most occasions.