islay (2951) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2017 DrnkMcDermott (3130) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Bavarian Lodge. This draft starts off with a big citrus nose, but there's also the pine of the usual Northwestern pale ale. The beer is pretty hazy, though; a light slightly brassy color, with a fluffy IPA head. The beer is actually served as bit too chilled for a craft brew, which usually a mistake that the Lodge doesn't make.
It does immediately show a "thicker" palate than usual, owing to its 8% alcohol by volume. But "juicy?" I think it's still in the same highly bittered style as a NorthWEST IPA, definitely showing some Citra or similar hop. Very likeable in a hophead way, but I guess I need some more beers in this style to determine my baseline for "juicyness."
12 oz. can, consumed on 10-10-17. Pours a lightly hazy but mostly clear bronze with a large amount of light beige head. A touch of cloudiness, but not nearly as much haze as I expected from a beer that the can describes as hazy. That’s probably a good thing. Very ordinary appearance aside from the large amount of head and good, thick lacing. Pine and citrus aroma. Scents of pink grapefruit and cotton candy. Generic, modern hops aroma. A little bit of gym bag funk to the smell. Pine and herbs in the flavor. Some alcohol noticeable, surprisingly. Funky, dry finish. Some pencil shavings. Lemon. Unlike most New England IPAs, it’s not excessively sweet and/or juicy, at least at first. Melon and watermelon sweetness develops upon multiple sips, unfortunately. Enough bitterness in the finish to overcome that weakness. Soft in the palate. Medium body. A touch undercarbonated and aqueous; I think too much of the carbonation was released in the form of head. Bitter aftertaste rescues an otherwise subpar palate. Not a bad IPA; I’ve certainly had far worse, but I’ve also had far better. Not really a New England IPA, and it’s better for not being one, but it does have a touch of what I don’t like about that substyle, but it has enough West Coast IPA elements to largely rescue it. 184.108.40.206.13=>3.3 Nsanders (1163) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2017
Can with black top. Hazy apricot color with light lacing. Dank, nectarines, sap and honey aromas. Light sweetness with a dank bitter finish. Medium body with a crisp bubbly feel. bytemesis (9014) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 20, 2017
Can. Pours hazy golden orange, large white head, dissipates slowly, good lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, somewhat grassy, herbal. Flavor light plus sweet, light plus bitter. Medium body. screigh (756) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2017
Pours a straw color. Almost zero haze. Looks more like chill haze than the style. Massive mango aroma. Thin white head with some lacing. Seems to be bitter right away and turns sweet and fruity. portableparty (2379) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2017
12 oz. can. Canned on date 10-05-17. Pours hazy white/gold pale yellow with a tight soapy head that leaves a thin wispy film and lacing. Aroma is dusty floral citrus hops with soft armpit and biscuit malt. Taste is nice and bitter little juicy mouthwatering hops of tangy mango and grassy biscuit malt and leaves a little armpit bitterness in the finish. Palate is medium dry and dusty. Solid brew. Can reads Warpigs/3 Floyds/Mikkeller brewed in Verona WI.
madvike (3292) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2017
Can - Hazy golden with a foamy white head. Nose is piney, with orange marmalade, light toasty malt, and a sharp booziness. Taste is roughly the same, with some menthol notes that feel a bit off. A little sharper than I like--I'd love the booziness to be dialed down a bit. Still pretty solid, but glad I only got a single. Mindwarp (285) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2017
Pours a hazy gold with a thin white head. Nice Citrus hoppy aroma. Taste is mostly citrus with a hint of pine and very slight bitterness. Overall another good collaboration on an IPA. dnstone (3494) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 14, 2017
Pours a hazed golden orange with a white head. Super juicy fruity hop aroma. Juicy tropical fruity flavor, light bodied.
Notes: on tap at local option Chicago , Oct '17 AWISLguy (3288) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2017
12oz can from Three Cellars in the Falls. 8/4/2017 can date. Standard IPA pour, fairly clear, with an off-white head leaving streaky lacing. Aroma has tropical fruits, citrus, sweet fruits, light sweet malt. Somewhat grassy. Taste is of sweet and tangy fruits, grapefruit, peaches, some sweet malts, some mango, and some chewy resin. A touch rougher in the taste than expected, to the detriment, however the flavor palate is really good. Taste and nose are different but both quite well done; more depth to the taste, while the nose is smoother. Medium bodied with little alcohol presence, the blend is very good. Finishes slightly to the bitter side of that bitter-sweet scale, with length. This is very well done and enjoyable. If supposed to be NE IPAish, it may only be due to the palate. Big fan, though! 15.8