islay (3115) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2018 jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Darker gold with good, foamy, white head / Bright nose of citrus, soap, pine, and bubblegum / Medium body, nice balance of good fruit and biting hops, with bitter finish / Flavors of orange peel, grapefruit, soap, cut pine, and bubblegum / Outstanding.
16 oz. can, consumed on 1-15-18. Pours a clear bronze with a large amount of long-lasting, smooth yet uneven, beige head. Nice, bright, clear appearance. Produces good, thick lacing. Malty aroma. Scents of caramel, orange, and orange peel. Pine and strawberry scents as well; quite a bit of pine, in fact, along with some soap. Nice, malty flavor. Caramel muffin. Blonde coffee to unroasted coffee bean, to my surprise, in the taste. I appreciate a little toast to the malts; few IPAs have that these days. A lot of citrus and some dryness from the hops. Dry tree bark. Some welcome bitterness in the finish. My loan criticism of the flavor is that it is a bit too malty-sweet, but at least it’s not “juicy” sweet or sweet from residual sugars as in so many cloying NEIPAs. Dry and lightly to moderately bitter aftertaste. Medium to full body. Lively and smooth in the palate. Good, substantial palate effects. A nice change of pace from the insipid NEIPAs that are dominating the IPA conversation and brewers’ portfolios. I’m probably overrating it a bit, but it is refreshing, both literally and figuratively. Even though it’s malty, it’s not an old-fashioned East Coast IPA. Rather, it’s more of a classic, Midwestern, borderline red IPA but with modern hops. BadgerBucky (10) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2017
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Slightly hazy gold to red-orange pour with a one finger, creamy off whit head. Aroma is sweet, malty caramel and pale toffee notes, some bread and cracker and hints of cherry and orange slice candy. Flavor is caramel, toast,, sweet berry, toffee, dank, pine earth, sweet, cooked orange, Medium body, kinda sticky feel, medium sharp carbonation, tons of hop acid bite. A bit too syrupy for my taste, but it does pack a pretty good wallop of hoppy punch-you-in-the-face-ness on the flip side of that. StoutBeerReviews (274) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2017
For the ibus being so high, this is actually pretty smooth. Definitely a strong hop and malty kick and a bit of boozyness but it’s not too overwhelming. Probably a bit much for a whole glass but was great as a taster sample. Scipio (1273) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2017
Pours a clear, lighter amber in color with a medium, smooth, white head that lingers for awhile. The aroma is a little sweet, consisting of grapefruit, caramel, pine, grassy hops, and resin. The taste remains sweet and has some good bitterness. I feel its on the verge of being too sweet. Its on the dry side as well. The malts really come through in this one, although the grapefruit flavor is a constant throughout the sip. Very heavy pine and herbal hops, resin, and caramel. Long resin finish. Medium to full in body, sticky in texture, and average in carbonation. Not bad overall.
jmohno (1679) - Iowa, USA - APR 22, 2017
Pours a gold copper. Light head, lacing. Cool can. ARoma is nice fruits, pine, some resin. Same in taste, a bit on the sweet, fairly malty,7.8%. Good pine bitter, not too much. Smooth a little slick. Pretty nice great aroma , good hop flavor, definite malt backbone. drpimento (3814) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2017
Very good beer! Appearance is a clear medium Amber with a long lasting off-white head and plenty of lace. Aroma is a blend of malt and a very fragrant Citrus grassy hop. Flavor is similar to nose with hops slightly dominating The Malt; a little sweet up front, bitter finish. Really good drinking beer.
Niko100 (3012) - Chicago, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2016
Hazy amber/orange color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, citrus/pine hops, fruit, & some caramel; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, fruity hops, citrus, and some spice; Finish is fairly bitter; Nicely balanced; Pretty decent. BlackBeerPG (981) - Darien, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2016
Taste: Big, grassy, grapefruit, spiced, hoppy. Complex citrus, grassy nose.
Amber/Gold, clear with a white foamy head. Medium/Full body. Hop lovers would like this. 100 IBUs GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Red-orange pour with an off-white head. Aroma is citrus and malt. Taste is citrus hops and a solid malt backbone. Good melding of flavor. Nice lacing. A good drink.