jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Great hoppy aroma and flavor, with a perfectly balanced caramel malt sweetness. Very impressed with this. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Poured a hazy copper color with an orange tint and small off-white head. The aroma had a decent hop strength to it. Big piney and sweaty notes with caramel malt running underneath. Piney and citrus hop flavor that was less present than in the aroma. Moderately bitter finish. User37895 (3085) - - OCT 5, 2006
Sampler size sample. A very nice IPA, poured with the usual color and a nice head and lacing. The aroma was strong grapefruits and citrus rinds. The flavor was grapefruits and citrus rinds along with a significant pine presence, quite strong in the hopping with enough malt balance to support it underneath (although I can’t attribute much of the flavor to the malts). Mouthfeel was on par, fairly smooth. DYCSoccer17 (3708) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 16, 2006
The description at the brewpub on 2/15/06 is "Unfiltered and unbridled IPA brewed with Caramel and Pale malts and hopped with Columbus and Cascade hops. 6.4% ABV" 4 oz sample at the brewpub. Assertive citrus-piney aroma with sweet toffee notes. Very aromatic and pleasant to quaff. An ideal aroma for an IPA. Hazy, almost opaque orangey-copper color with nice lacing and a fluffy khaki head. Mildly sweet, orangey start, quickly turning aggressively hopped and very bitter and dry. Extremely grapefruity. There is absolutely no malt balance to this and it kicks you in the face with intense hoppiness. Way too one-dimensional. This beer had some nice potential, but totally flopped. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
One sure way to make a hop head like me happy is to brew up a batch of outstanding AIPA, and Willi does that and then some. In fact, you will often find a number of different IPA’s on draught at Willi, brewed with a number of different grain bills and hop varieties. One AIPA I have been looking forward to trying is their V.E.G. IPA, and last Thursday, I’m happy to say I finally did. This beer is brewed exclusively with Columbus hop varieties, with six seperate hop additions. Hops are in this beer by the bail load, and this beer is pure hop juice, but with a malty enough base to stand up to that hop attack.
V.E.G. IPA pours to a beautiful, bright, deep golden to light amber color with a dense, bright white head that slowly fades, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer hits you from a mile away. Huge waves to resiny, piney, zesty hops aromas flood the nose. It is clear this beer has been dry hopped with lavish amounts of Columbus, the nose on this beer is intense and pungent. The palate is firm, there are some pale malt flavors and some estery fruit in there, trying to hold back the assault of hop flavors, but hop flavor has won this battle. V.E.G IPA finishes with a huge, long, dry, resiny, piney, extreme, mouth puckering, face wincing finish that lingers for what seems to be an eternity.
Cottrell (72) - Connecticut, USA - APR 30, 2005
Simply put: Awesome. Ranks right up there with the best IPAs I’ve ever had. Served in a standard pint, came a hazy gold/orange with a finger of foam, with great retention. Aroma is powerful, some nice sweet but backgrounded malt, and hops galore; citric grapefruit, orange rind, and strong resinous pine flavors. Flavor starts with some malt sweetness, mixed with some strong hop sweetness. Tangerine, crushed pine needles, grapefruit rind, and some lemon hints come in a rush of bitterness. Finishes a little dry, with a longlasting bitter citric aftertaste. As I said, awesome. A hopheads wet dream. tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2005
Orange-pine citrus with underlying, supporting sweet malts. Opaque, orange-tan coloured body with decent off-white head that recedes to cover with some lace. Strong orange-pine, spicy grapefruit hop flavour with fairly assertive hop bitterness and sweet underlying malts. Medium-light body with low carbonation. Sampled on tap at the brewpub with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere. muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2005
New England Road Trip Easter ’05 with MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere, beer #43. Small tap sample at the brewpub. Hazy light sunny amber with just a wee bit o’ head...massively fruity/spicy nose, citrus, honeydew and perhaps some pine...pungent, well-balanced sweet-sour body, grapefruit jousting with brown sugar...stinging finish, full body. Another excellent IPA from this hoppy trip. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
A white cover tops very hazy amber looks. Intensely coniferous and perfumey nature. The hops complexities keep on coming sniff after sniff. Sweaty columbus like hops are not among my favourites by any means, but this one is just so aromatic and using them well and in a complex manner that I can only stare, smell and savor. Soapy and grapey marriage with the big malt backbone complement the richness. Firm medium body, rolling happily on the tongue. Fresh spruce/pine come out strong in the finish while the considerable citrib bite kisses you goodbye. That’s a winner! MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
Earthy oranges protrude from the unfiltered haze, as pungent dirty yeasty and hop bitterness lathers the giddy tastebuds...Resinous, woody hoppiness lays the foundation for a dry-hopped, vegetal and herbal variety on top, all propelled by caramel and dried apricot sweetness...Passionately unique, bubbling with personality...