ClarkVV (6700) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2006
2006 bottle consumed on 2/24/06JdoubleyouS (82) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Highly fruity nose of amarillo and/or simcoe-like hops, with only moderate suggestions of bitterness, but bursting with cherries, oranges, ruby red grapefruit and just a drizzle of pine on the tail-end. Light crystal malt, basic caramel sugars fill in the cracks. The fruitiness dies down as citrus increases. Deep caramel-amber, quite layered in appearance and actually a bit of a light haziness (though still transparent). Medium-sized head, cream colored, large bubbled, and receding to ring, with a good amount of lace. Citrus and moderate pine flavor backed by light, pale malt sugars bolstered/backed by dry, nearly papery, crystal malts. Slowly transitions in to light munich sourdoughiness with a touch of alcohol dryness. Hops acid is lightly stinging, and some wateriness marches in on end, thanks to the high filtration at Southern Tier. Though it’s probably one of the better uses of crystal malt, it’s still very hard and drying on the palate, that is to say, malt texture without the sweetness. Moderate carbonation, no yeast apparency.
Pours dark copper with minimal head. Lacking a little on the bitterness. Still has a very nice full flavor though. Different, but a great IPA. lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Pours copper color with small head. Citrus hop scent. Nice full body on this one. Really nice citrus flavor, but not much bitterness. I’m pretty surprised with this IPA, as the piney bitterness of the hops is toned down and yet the beer does not taste the least bit watered-down. Not quite hoppy/bitter for my taste, but definitely a delicious IPA. CMUBEERMAN (440) - - FEB 26, 2006
This tasted very very similar to the stone IPA. Aroma was a nice crisp hoppy citrus. Taste was similar, but with more bitterness than expected...maybe to much for it to be balanced. This beer also seemed to have some floral honey and starchiness in the flavor. Very drinkable and light bodied. Pretty good...but not great. macleamg (1) - USA - FEB 24, 2006 does not count
On tap at Mr Goodbars in Buffalo. I had almost given up hope of finding a good IPA in the region until I tried this one. What a fantastic surprise. On the more bitter end of the IPA continuum, but that tends to be my preference.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 Courtesy of Degarth.
Almost orange color, great citrusy hop flavor, maybe even slight orange, malty, great tasting IPA fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Found this delightful. Would really, really like to try again as I seem to have an ever changing pallet that allows me to love a hop variety one day and possibly not as much the following week. This was just so well balanced and with hops way forward, but not aggressively so. Well done. Thanks to Shadey. bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2006
Bottle. Golden with light head. Although hoppy it does not fell bitter. Full but stil mild. A touch of citrus or lime. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2006
12 oz bottle, via rudolf. Copper colored body with a small off-white head that fades to a thin covering. Citric hop aroma with a lightly sweet malt background. Pretty low level of hoppiness in the flavor for an IPA, with a lightly bitter finish. Malt background is fairly subtle as well. Light to medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation composed of fine bubbles. Overall, a decent beer, very easy drinking and not overly aggressive. PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2006
I liked this IPA, although it was much darker than the usual IPA. My freind thought the bottle was mislabeled, as it was more like a good Scottish Ale than an IPA. Very hoppy, nice flawerful mix, no bitter aftertaste. Very Good indeed!