madvike (3264) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Bottle - Deep, clear amber with a fluffy off-white head. Light toasty malt mingles with tons of herbal hops on the nose. Nothing over-the-top about it, despite what the description would say, but I quite like it. The maltiness works here, and the hoppiness is even and pleasant. Much of the aroma is present in the taste, too--bready, lightly toasted malt, and herbal hops that transition into a bitter grassy, lightly boozy finish. It’s pretty simple and straightforward, and actually pretty refreshing. A little sharp on the finish for my tastes, and real slick and resiny in the mouth. Not bad, but also not quite what I was expecting. JStax (6505) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Poured into a pint glass. Appearance is a translucent copper showing a constant flow of carbonation bubbles floating to the large, dense beige head of foam. The head on this one is pretty impressive as it slowly dissipates. Very little lacing on this one; what does show up is splotchy. Aroma is piney hops with a subtle presence of fruity, and floral notes as well. Malt backbone shows up briefly at the end of the waft. Initial taste is a dry, grapefruit rind bitterness that lingers on the tongue. In some beers this type of bitterness fades, but not here. As the beer sets on the tongue, I get a little bit of the juicyness sometimes associated with an IPA, but as soon as I swallow, that grapefruit rind dryness comes back again. For all the trash talking I’ve heard of this beer, I think a lot of it is unwarranted. I like it. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2011
pint at Tyler’s Apex. 5/7/11. Good aroma, sweet. Citrusy. Orange and grapefruit, more grapefruit though. Little toasty malt. Brownish orange color, good head with spotty lace. Bitter flavor. Medium body, smooth oily mouthfeel, bitter finish. Tasty easy to drink brew, real grapefruit bite. got a little dull as warmed. Koelschtrinker (20412) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 7, 2011
Der aromatische Antrunk lässt die Hopfensorten gut hervorkommen, das Bier ist aber bereits hier sehr trocken. Der Hopfen wirkt dumpf und ist nur wenig bitter, wird aber zunehmend trocken. Holzig (Eiche), fruchtig-bitter. Nettes IPA, dem es an Frische fehlt. Auch die Hopfigkeit könnte intensiver sein. 8/11/11/12/11/11
jsmerig (1590) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Nice Malty Aroma. I’m not getting the intense hops in the odor. Color is deep amber/gold with a thick frothy head. Taste is very malt forward. It almost tastes like there is grains actually floating in the beer. This is all balanced by an underlying bitterness. Not too sharp, but enough to mellow out the sweetness of the malt.
punkska101 (2041) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2011
clear copper low carbonation persistent foam. A : citrusy, piny, just a touch of caramel. F: light body finish is bitter and long. Great bitterness truly smoot. O: Super look nice clean body that let room to all these hops. Great ! TheHopster (1111) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2011
(bottle) An non-bitter, yet hoppy IPA. Well balanced. Amber color with lingering fluffy white head. Impressive flavor from this brewer. Borup (14548) - Albertslund, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2011
Bottle at Brewpub. Amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of fruit, hops, caramel and malt. JediMindTricks (446) - Remington, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Amber with some off white head. Aroma is very hoppy with some citrus and pine notes. Bit of malt comes out on the palate. Not too bitter given the aroma. Smooth and enjoyable. Ktwse (4893) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2014 Re-rated after oh so many years. Tested in a free for all against Ska Modus Hoperandi IPA and Founders Centennial IPA. Pours cloudy orange amber with a finger of white head. Standard nice IPA. Aroma is a bit subdued, but with citrus, grapefruit and pine notes. A touch malty as well, but not much caramel or fruit beyond that. Taste is bitter and light at first, followed by light fruit notes before a rich long bitter finish. Body is light and smooth with soft carbonation, a touch too light on the palate.