94 Yellow Snow Ale IPA, Rogue Ales (OR). 6.5% ABV (2/09)
Cloudy orange amber color with a thin lacy head. Interesting aromas of grilled banana nut bread, crème caramel, hay and spicy poached apple follow through on a rich, chewy entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-full body with baked citrus and spice notes. Finishes with a long, rich and peppery earthy pine and citrus peel hop fade. A big, flavorful unfiltered IPA to serve with grilled meats and spicy curries.
94 Full Sail IPA, Full Sail Brewing Co. (OR). 6% ABV (2/09)
Pale amber color with al lingering white head. Honeyed orange bread, tapioca and mild peppery spice aromas follow through on a smooth creamy entry to a rich, dryish medium-to-full body with great vibrancy and balance. Finishes with a long, refreshing burnt orange peel, custard and toast fade. A rich, flavorful IPA in the English vein.
93 IPA, BridgePort Brewing Co. (OR). 5.5% ABV (3/08)
Rich golden amber color. Fruity caramel, orange blossom tea and honey and buttery toast aromas. A soft, supple entry leads to a dry yet fruity medium body of well balanced nut toast, orange blossom honey and toasted grain flavors. Finishes with a long, crisp interplay of roasted nuts and sweet citrus. A delicious session beer that will excel and the table as well; try with teriyaki.
93 IPA, Big Sky Brewing Co. (MT). 6.2% ABV (2/07)
Deep amber color. Vibrant grapefruit and pine-like hop aromas scream west coast IPA. a round supple entry leads to a tangy medium-full body of candied grapefruit peels, caramel and smoky sap flavors. Finishes with a long, clean and refreshing smoky piney hop fade. Very well put together with extremely vibrant, but not over-the-top American hops.
92 Tracktown IPA, Eugene City Brewery (OR). 6.8% ABV (2/08)
Slightly hazy pale amber color. Fresh aromas of caramel, pine, dried apricot and grapefruit marmalade. A round, velvety entry leads to a vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body of rich caramelized nut, citrus peel and pungent herbal notes. Finishes with a long, astringent dusty earth and bittering hop fade.
92 IPA, Goose Island Brewing Co. (IL). 5.9% ABV (2/09)
Golden amber color with a fine foamy head. Bright, fresh aromas of kumquats, ginger crème brûlée, pecan praline and dried pine needles follow through on a rich, chewy entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with layers of golden raisin toast, roasted carrot and parsnip. Finishes with a long, tart citrus peel and cocoa spice fade. Delicious and complex. Try with Cajun grilled shrimp.
92 Commodore Perry IPA, Great Lakes Brewing Co. (OH). 7.5% ABV (2/08)
Vibrant nut and citrusy hop aromas follow through to a rich, velvety full body with intense fresh citrus and pine flavors on a bread of spicy and grainy rye toast, honeyed fudge and pink peppercorns. Finishes with a long fade of hops, earthy and herbs. A big, powerful IPA with great balance and style.
91 Stone India Pale Ale, Stone Brewing Co. (CA). 6.9% ABV (2/09)
Brilliant golden amber color. Bold aromas of grapefruit , pine sap and orange peels and spice bread follow through on a smooth supple entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with hints of caramelized carrot and turnip and a peppery, citrus marmalade, praline and floral juniper and basil-accented fade. A delicious, highly drinkable IPA that maintains fine poised for its size. Serve with spicy Szechwan or Thai cuisine.
91 Propeller IPA, Propeller Brewing Co. (Canada). 6.5% ABV (3/08)
Rich amber color. Inviting aromas of caramelized nuts, orange blossoms, clay, grainy dough. A supple entry leads to rich, dry yet fruity medium-to-full body of honeyed toasted, praline and roasted grain flavors. Finishes with a crisp roasted citrus, nut oil, wet earth and delicate spice fade. A delicious beer for all applications.
91 Marin I.P.A, Marin Brewing Co. (CA). 6.8% ABV (2/09)
Brilliant deep amber color with a lay head. Aromas of honey roasted nuts, delicate spice, pine needle and kale follow through on a round, robust entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-full body with dried fruits, kumquat marmalade on buttered cinnamon raisin toast notes. Finishes with a long, roasted root veggie and mossy earth-accented fade. A big, earthy and delicious food beer for smoked turkey leg, mutton and peppered brisket.
90 Inversion IPA, Deschutes Brewery (OR). 6.8% ABV (2/09)
Rich amber color. Aromas of grapefruit, white chocolate and praline follow through on a round, satiny entry to a fruity medium-to-full body with sautéed plantain, radish and green peppercorn notes. Finishes with a lash of astringent bittering hops reminiscent of kumquats and pickled jalapeño. A firebrand of an IPA to serve with fiery hot chili.
89 Royal IPA, Bastone Brewery (MI). 6.7% ABV (2/09)
Hazy coppery orange color. Earthy hop and cocoa-dusted orange peel aromas follow through on crisp, chewy entry to a tart medium-to-full body with kumquat jam on rye toast notes and a nicely astringent hop bite on the finish. Well done and balanced.
89 Punk IPA, Brewdog (Scotland). 6% ABV (2/09)
Deep old gold color with a lacy head. Aromas of cider vinegar marinated nuts, caramel and yeasty sourdough follow though on a round, soft entry to a dryish medium body with mossy hop, dried grapefruit, river stone and twig notes on the sharp very astringent finish. A interesting, careening blend of wild fermented earthiness and bite. Think Belgian IPA and hearty country fare.