otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Amber-orange under a voluminous rocky patchy head which fades in clumps. Full collar of lace. Swirls lovely and thick.
Csolnok (5) - - MAY 24, 2013 does not count
Pink grapefruit. Mandarin oranges in the back. Wintergreen and Christmas trees.
Grapefruit and pine trees. Pine sap and grapefruit oils in the middle. Grassy. Key lime grabs my tongue in the back of each swallow and doesn’t let go. White grapefruit pith along the sides – makes my tongue tingle. Bitter rind in the front of every sip. As it warms up the bitter rind mingles with the key lime in the back.
An interesting take on the India Pale Ale style from Steel Toe Brewing. Good flavor and good balance. I really enjoyed it but on the flipside, there really wasn’t anything special about it either to make it stand out from other IPAs. Solid but not special.
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Beautiful west coast IPA. Tons of floral citrus hops in the nose balanced by a wonderful biting hop flavor and bitterness. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2013
In short: A very clean nourishing citrusy/floral/resinous golden IPA. Good beer.douglas88 (9049) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2013
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed relatively fresh soon after receiving the bottle from oakbluff, thanks Scott.
The look: Crystal clear golden-orange body topped by a persistent small off-white head.
In long: The medium-hoppy nose is part-flora part-citrusy (mangos, apricots) with resinous undertones. Smells like a good old-fashion IPA from the glory days of the 3-Cs. Taste has a relatively thick pale malt backbone, chewy-bready, somewhat oily and with a nice caramel. Hopping is juicy-citrusy and flower juice, plenty of hops essence abound, somewhat resinous. Bitterness of medium intensity. Not a hop-bomb and not a sweet IPA either, this is a well balanced old-fashion 2004 IPA. More nourishing than refreshing. I personally prefer my IPAs a bit dryer, a bit sharper and more refreshing, but this is a very made beer for what it is. Very clean and very professional, like drinking a new Stone IPA or something like that. Certainly not the most original IPA (by-the-book and very clean) but this is the type of beer I can drink all night long, and I love getting drunk, except for the part about seeing double at 3am when I’m all happy and then all sad when I finally realize that there is in fact only one slice of pizza in my plate.
Bomber. Pours a clear copper color with a large white head. A light sweet nose with lemons and caramel. A really nice flavor with big balance between light biscuit and caramel malts, rich citrus and low bitterness, apricot and tangerine. Really smooth and clean. drowland (8629) - Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2013
5/2/13. 22oz bomber. My first Steel Toe tick! MOTHA FUCKEN CLEVAR FOR THE LOL WIN! Clear amber pour with a small off-white head. Mild piney, dank hop dose with some pale malts and caramel. Rich bitter hop flavor with more dank and pine followed by a touch of citrus, lingering dryness, and some malt balance. Tasty!
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2013
This was a very pleasant surprise. Aroma is pretty unremarkable, but the flavor is great. Well balanced citrus/pine hops and a solid, but never overpowering malt backbone. Really drinkable. Well done. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2013
650 ml bottle from Kbutler. Thanks. Pours a translucent copper color with a small white head that has good retention. The aroma is medium in strength with pine, citric, oranges and dumpster. The flavor mirrors the aroma with pine resins, grapefruit, oranges, barley and something musty set in a caramel malt base. The palate is medium with lively carbonation. Finishes long with lingering bitter resins. Overall: Not a bad little IPA, not bad at all. Paired well with mixed nuts. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Bottle from khoffman43. Cheers, Kyle! Pours a mostly clear amber-copper with a white head. Nose is caramel, candied citrus, and lemongrass with some mild lemon. Flavor begins with mild lemon and citrus followed by grassy and lemony hops with some lemongrass towards the finish. Mildly drying finish with lingering hops. Medium in body and lingering lemony hops. devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle from chase, thanks! Pours clear amber, aroma is heavy pine, resin hops. Taste is bitter but not overwhelming so, real nice for the hopheads. Very light malt backbone, just enough though. eachnotesecure (92) - Kentucky, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Received in a BIF from a generous Minnesotan. Consistent, with just enough resiny flavor. Nothing bites or smells over the top, but I guess that is consistent with a Northwest Style IPA.