jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours amber, slightly orange in colour. Slightl off white head. Pig piney, citrusy aroma and taste. Pretty good! drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2012
So you guess it, this beer is full of citrus. But not a overwhelming amount. There’s a nice caramel backbone here that melds nicely with the citra and makes for a pretty balanced IPA. I picked up a 6 pack of this stuff and before you knew it, they were gone. 19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Another strong Rotator from Widmer. Nice bready malt body, a little chewy, but fresh and pleasant. Spice is not as pronounced as I anticipated - there is some nice peppery notes. Strong citrus character that is quite delightful. Sticky pine notes. Grassy, moderately astringent finish. Very enjoyable - loving this series. polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle. Aroma has notes of citrus, flowers, red pepper corns, cereal and caramel malts. Hazy light amber hue with a small off-white head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Palate is medium bodied and oily soft. Overall a very solid brew from Widmer Bros. I did like the spicy hop profile and the solid malt character balanced it nicely. A very good IPA but the appearance could use some work. Aurelius (5335) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Hazy, honey gold, big white head, bad label. A very nice, fresh, citrus-caramel aroma. Tangy, moderately sweet, a very drinkable golden ale. Citrus pith flavors, not too bitter - more like an APA than an AIPA. A pretty crisp finish. This wasn’t a huge AIPA, but it would be a good compromise for the hopheads and the more casual PA drinker. You could certainly go through a six pack while watching the game without it getting too clingy. This would probably be a good marinade/ingredient sort of beer as well. ABC, Kerry Forest Pkwy.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Bottle and served in Ommegang tulip: Pours a a clean medium golden hue with a fizzy frothy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of pink grapefruit, mango, juicy fruit gum, clove, white pepper, slightly boozy and chalky, medicinal and metallic, moderate pale 2-row malt. The taste fails to match the nose, lightly resiny and piney with a moderate citric and tropical character. Slight "lemon pledge" tone as well as a biscuity and doughy grain bill. Sort of a one note beer, okay I get the hop character of this new X-114 but this cries out for a hop companion or two. The mouth feel is aggressive but far too green and metallic, sort of watery too. Well compared to the two crappy IPA’s I had before it, this rocks... but compared to the whole genre it is simply average. cggipa (7) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 31, 2011 does not count
Pours golden with foamy white head that dissipates at a medium rate, nice lacing. Very earthy hop forward aroma that comes across dry. Light body, oily feel on the tongue. Earthy, spicy hop resins grab your tongue and don’t let go. Peppery dry finish. Easy drinking, but not up to NW IPA’s. Will finish the case though! GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
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thegreenrooster (4402) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Wow. A really, really nice find from Widmer and easy on the pocketbook. Looking forward if they continue to promote hop forward beers that are affordable. The beer pours out a light golden orange body, clear with a bright fluffy white head, with some staying power. It shows off the hops with clear notes of both pine and grapefruits with some support from light caramel malts (very light). Flavor is spot on with a direct showcase of dank, piney hops and some honey/pears showing up to keep the sweetness around. Really a treat for hop lovers and a great showcase for hops.
Pour is a hazy orange with a large with head. Aroma is a nice hop with a deffinate pepper. Flavor is a fruity hop with some juicy fruit and a dry cracker like malt. Finish has more pepper and a nice tangerine. This was a well done beer. Bravo Widmer otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Appearance: a mélange of coppers, oranges, and garnets under a fluffy pithy bubbly head which fades rocky and pocky. Continues to fade rocky and splotchy, leaving clumps of pith in its wake.
Nose: white and pink grapefruit, mint, and spruce needles. Pith under and in the back. Key lime.
Palate: soft, bready, frothy mouthfeel. Medium-light weight. Key lime and fresh squeezed lemon water. Spruce. Mint in the breath.
Final Thoughts: a solid simple IPA from Widmer Brothers. With the exception of their reserve line of beers, I have found Widmer to be consistently average over the years and the beers. Is this so bad though? It used to be impossible to find a decent beer on draft or in bottle and yet now we have a seemingly endless supply of tasty craft beers on draft and in the bottle to choose from as we quaff day to day, enjoying both the regulars and the white whales.