UXO (1896) - CANADA - MAY 24, 2017
Appearance: slightly hazy pale amber with two fingers of fluffy ivory head that retains well, well-defined lacing. (4/5) Aroma: citrus, resiny pine, caramel, tropical fruit, floral, very light diacetyl. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter finish. (3/5)
I’m always deeply concerned when the label starts off with “crystal clear water”. Seriously? That’s your lede? “We don’t use tainted ingredients”? Well, good, I guess, though it’s a little distressing that you felt it necessary to point it out, and/or that’s the best you’ve got to say. Anyhoo, this is Stump Knocker’s big brother, and in a lot of ways, the familial resemblance is clear. This is a little cleaner, though, and a little more hop-forward - although there’s just the slightest hint of buttery diacetyl I could do without. (14/20)
7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com phranq (219) - - APR 15, 2017
UPDATED: APR 15, 2017 Decent woody ipa. Bread and faint fruit in the nose. Plain mix of hops and malt. Clean finish. mar (5417) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2017
Amber with a rocky cream head. Hops, earth, florals, citrus and sticky on the nose. Easy palate, florals, citrus, bitter and light caramel. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Appearance: Pours a deep amber-gold body flecked with a large amount of suspended particles. Fullish, off-white head. Minor lacing.
Smell: Bready malts with a sweet toffee edge about it, tangerine and red grapefruits as well as some tropical bits of mango. Thin, thin hint of butter. Lightly floral, lightly piney.
Taste: Bready malts, gently toasted grains. Caramel, toffee sweetness in the fore. Ultra light buttery hint. Citrusy, as well as some tropical tones and floral accents with just a sliver of resiny pine. Medium bitterness. Bittersweet finish with some lingering fruitiness and just a little bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: A little on the sweet side and may be exhibiting a touch of diacetyl, but, there’s some nice hop flavors there. dmac (6264) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2017
12oz can from Homer. Poured a reddish amber with a large foamy light beige head. Aroma is sweet and malty up front, caramel and molasses, followed by sweet rotting fruit of apricot, peach, mango. Flavor follows suit. Body is slightly fuller, lightly syrupy, with lighter carbonation and an average duration on the aftertaste.
snoworsummer (5697) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2017
From a can. Tastes like almost clear amber with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like grapefruit hops, some resin, caramel malt, a hint of pine, spice, and some passion fruit. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like caramel malt, grapefruit hops, some resin, and a hint of pine and spice. sonnycheeba (5988) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2017
Can. Pours hazy amber. Aroma and flavor are orange/tangerine, pale malt, caramel, faint floral notes, and faint spice. Medium body. gregwilsonstl (2504) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2016
Very thick head. Can. Strong grapefruit smell. One of the ore aromatic beers I can remember, which is fitting given the name. Not nearly as bitter as I would expect based off the smell. Very dry. Makes me parched. Subtle butter. Thx Homer. bconch (422) - - DEC 20, 2016
Gold pour, nose typical of IPA’S. Nothing stands out. Big hop bite up front that continues through the finish. A little malt backbone but not a ton. Definitely a hop lovers beer. Rumbero (85) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2016
Appearance: deep gold with thick off-white head with good retention. just a shade of hazyness and decent lacing present.
Aroma: all citrusy, spicey hops with hints of mandarin and grapefruit
Taste: bready/caramely malt flavors attempt to balance (not all successfully) the strong bitterness and citrusy, resiny hop flavors as mentioned above.
Palate: astringency on the strong side, its medium bodied with resiny texture and lively carbonation.
Overall: balance is a difficult word to use with IIPAs (this one is borderline) or even IPAs... but I like the flavors I taste. Not my favorite IPA by any means, but I like it.