GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Sanctuary. Poured a clear light orange color with a thin white head. Smelled of pear, orange, melon, and pale malt. Light to medium bodied and slightly sweet with assertive bitterness. Subdued buttery graham cracker flavor framed by pine and grapefruit.
TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Short’s. Hazy gold pour with a foamy heady which fades to leave moderate lace. Nose is all citrus hops. Medium body is also dominated by grapefruit, orange and tropical fruit hop aromas, with an underlying toast that makes this IPA taste like orange marmalade on toast. A bit too much in the citrus direction for me, but very interesting and worth a try. Probably quite sessionable and a choice IPA for hot, humid Iowa summers.
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap. Amazing nose. Aroma is lots of grapefruit, some tropical fruit, citrus. Pours a beautiful, light gold. Flavor is filled with hops. Flavoring hops take control and offer all sorts of cool citrusy/tropical fruit flavors. Almost candy-like fruit flavors, strong citrus finish. Finally, a good IPA made in Iowa. So easy to drink its devastating.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Very hazy gold color with a slight apricot hue. Good, creamy, smooth head that sticks around for a while.
S - Interesting aroma. Not overly hoppy but there is a good hoppy aroma. Some tropical and orchard fruit with a fair amount of grapefruit and tangerine sweetness.
T - A touch more hoppiness compared to the aroma. Similar flavor profile with grapefruit, tangerine, peach, sweet pear, and overall tropical and stone fruit. A decent malt background provides a nice balance. A slightly bitter finish. Well balanced with a nice fruity hoppy flavor.
M - Medium body with good carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.
D - Very easy to drink. Good balance with the hops providing the heft of the flavor.
Notes: On-tap at Shorts in Iowa City (thanks for the heads up spoonhawk). Very good IPA and my first experience with El Dorado hops. Well balanced but with lots of tropical and stone fruit. So easy to drink and refreshing. Right up there for my favorite Iowa beers and I am excited to try more of Toppling Goliath’s stuff once they get bottling it. Another positive step for Iowa breweries.