pjames317 (94) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Initially tried this one in a cottonmouth state and thought it was terrible. Couldn’t finish it, dumped it out. But now I’m back for round 2, ready to give this one a fair shake.
Have to say that I don’t historically like the British IPA.
On to my $0.02..
You can tell by the color that pilsener malt was used. Looks like a Prima Pils. Soapy head, that orange hue with golden tinges.
Aroma is underwhelming. Hints of some tropical fruit, but the booze is detectable in the nose. Malt profile is non-distinct.
Flavor is quite bitter, with a lingering dryness. Pine with dank hop resin. It’s just too damn dry to really be enjoyable in my opinion.
Could see myself doing 1 of these MAX. A little bit of a chore.
Might be more of a cold weather beer. I like the concept but for me I would rather have the juicy/floral IPA varietal. Darkmagus82 (2303) - - SEP 21, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 8-23-13-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served as a yellow-orange colored brew with a two finger foamy white head. The head has a fair level of retention, fading over time to leave a good leave of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is of a sweet citrus smell with some notes of a yeasty breadiness, some lighter pine aromas, as well as a decent grapefruit hop smell. With these is a little bit of caramel overall giving it a rather nice balanced smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and sweeter citrus flavor that create a base for the brew. Upfront there is a bit of grapefruit that grows stronger and stronger as the flavor advances to the end. More toward the middle of the taste, some flavors of pine begin sneaking their way onto the scene along with the advent of some caramel sweetness. While never matching the grapefruit hop the pine grows a bit stronger in intensity toward the end, where it is joined by some flavor of a light earthy hop to leave a bitter but still moderately sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather creamy and thick with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A little less carbonation may have accentuated the beer’s nice hop flavor profile a bit better, but with that said, the beers thicker body was spot on for the nice hoppy and bready flavors.
Overall – Due to its nice blend of hops, malt, and sweeter flavors this is a rather nice and quite easy drinking Imperial. ElCapitan22 (363) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Pours a clear gold color with minimal head and average at best lacing. Tastes bitter and hoppy like a DIPA should with a dry finish. A good beer, but on the scale of DIPA’S just alright. LinusStick (3532) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Ugh. Nasty beer. By the good ratings, I’m thinking I must have a bad bottle. Aroma and taste both had this terrible black licorice taste/smell. I couldn’t get past that and ended up dumping down the drain. The few sips I took seemed like I might be able to finish it and once the licorice flavor left it seemed like it might be an OK beer. Just couldn’t do it zarbon89 (4) - roaring spring, USA - JUN 13, 2014 does not count
This is an above average IPA. the aroma is near perfect The head of this beer is white and fluffy, it also lasts for a while as well. The floral hopes stand out the most to me during the mouthful and during the finish. Out of the bottle it had low amounts of CO2. The color is orange to a rust color. A good beer and would recommend giving it a try.
cazort (568) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2014
The commercial description made this beer out to be something really special, and it just wasn’t. I found it quite unremarkable. It’s a stronger-than-average IPA, but I find the strength comes mainly in the heaviness of the malt and the high alcohol content than in the hops or complexity. The hops have a slightly metallic character, leaving a metallic aftertaste. The aroma of this beer oddly suggests shredded dried coconut, uncannily so. Malt is very, very heavy. Ugh. I just didn’t like this one at all and I am very disappointed, I’d take any of Yards typical everyday beers over this one. I’d even drink a typical macro-brew over this one. About the only thing I liked was the pleasant hazy appearance...something is very attractive about how it looks. It just doesn’t taste good to me. hershiser2 (3832) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014
$2.30 Bottle, Wine Warehouse, CHO.
Slightly hazy golden-amber with a large white head. Smells of wet dog and citrus. Taste of orange peel, caramel, copper, and light coffee. LetsGoState (914) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Aroma is earthy hops. Taste is nicely balanced and very drinkable. Overall a solid, milder IPA. Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2014
This one poured a darker yellow with w white head. Aroma was of light citrus, grass and caramel. Flavor was grass and citrus, pale grain, a bit bland. DiarmaidBHK (6151) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Bottle from Shawan Liquors. Pours slightly orange with half an inch of foam. Big citrus on the nose. Lots of grapefruit on the tongue. Pretty big bitterness as well but nothing that lingers too, too long. Very nice!