MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Sample Date: 4/17/2010 Source:Other) 12 oz bottle courtesy of Emily at Once Upon a Vine the best beer store in Richmond VA! Resiny floral hop aroma with plenty of caramel. Clear copper golden with small white head. Resiny hop flavor with moderate bitter hop bite. Lightly fruity. Medium body and mouth with dry very hoppy finish.
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2013 Medium amber Dirty bitter hop aroma and some caramel. Flavor is sweet caramel accened malts, loads of bitter hops, somewhat on the earthy side of the spectrum. OK, but not great. Rebate 3/5/13. More golden in appearance on tap, but taste identical. Didnít remember having tried this before.
jstraw (1966) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber with fair, creamy beige head / Nose of candied citrus, brown sugar, and cut pine / Medium body with good, moderate balance of biting hops and malts, and with good finish / Flavors of slightly cooked grapefruit and orange, pine, and brown sugar / Good, not on par with the best.
jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The hoppiest beer Iíve had - be warned. Pours dark brown, bit cloudy. Rich and malty aroma is more than compensated for by the hops - very American hops, piney and grassy and quite bitter. Some aromas of dark fruit in the malt. Flavor is pretty sweet and very bitter. Mouthfeel is thick, slightly viscous. If you love hops, youíll probably love this one. I find it an interesting beer to have every so often, when I feel like a blast of bitterness.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap during CBC weekend at Sheffields, Chicago. I had a pint and a half of this stuff and could have kept drinking. One of the more intensely bitter IPAs Iíve had in a while, this smelled wonderfully flowery and fresh. The dominant impressions in the mouth are the dark, dirty bitterness and a persistent citric sourness that was more like lime than grapefruit (which is what Iím accostomed to). The malts provide the perfect backdrop to the bitterness, staying subtle and never reaching a bready or sweet quality that would detract from the dryness.
monkeychugg55 (1064) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear orange-copper with a nice frothy white head that leaves sticky lacing and lasts a long while. The aroma is very juicy citrus, with herbal and Amarillo notes. The flavor is great, with sweet malt and hops citrus upfront, and a herbal, caramel end with lingering bitterness. The malt works very well with the hops. Medium bodied with very soft carbonation. What a lovely IPA.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[A] This has a very aromatic, beautiful hop aroma. Reminded me slightly of a 3F, initially. Tropical fruits over citrus. A sweet malty smell. Great. [A] Pale, yellowy orange. [F] Flavor is nice. Caramel and pale malt. Hops still win, here. Little out of balance, but in a good way. Sweet citrus mid, and a rind finish. Citrus over pine HERE, and mingle in the linger. Oranges. [P] As a hophead, this is drinkable. Body is appropriate. Smooth. Rightly carbonated. The bitter is great for a regular IPA. [O] This was satisfying. Iím glad Shortís came to the Chi. 2 for 2 this evening on a mixed 4 pack. Iím sure the brown, and Magician will not disappoint.
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours an opaque copper color with a solid head which leaves good lacing down the glass. The aroma is mostly citrus hops with a touch of bready malt. The palate is thin with average carbonation and a lasting finish. The taste is mostly bitter hops, grapefruit, and a touch of sweetness in the malt. From the description I had expected more of a malt backbone, but the hops are pretty heavy-handed. Great if youíre a hophead.
strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good overall IPA. Hops aroma, and bitter, but made not as sharp as some. Because if this, will appeal to more people, and suited to drinking more and at more occasions.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large frothy webbed head. A lot of hops, medium bitterness. Pretty tasty, a nice IPA.