92 Meantime India Pale Ale, Meantime Brewing Co. (England). 7.5% ABV (3/11)
Deep golden amber color. Fruity aromas and peach cobbler, cashew butter and pattypan squash with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, zesty citrus, leafy greens and grassy hop finish. Excellent depth and balance; will lord over the table.
91 Marin I.P.A., Marin Brewing Co. (CA). 6.8% ABV (2/09)
Brilliant deep amber color with a lacy 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.
91 Stone India Pale Ale, Stone Brewing Co. (CA). 6.9% ABV (2/09)
Brilliant golden amber color. Bold aromas of grapefruit, pine sap, 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 finely poised for its size. Serve with spicy Szechuan or Thai cuisine.
91 Flight Delay IPA, Goose Island Beer Co. (IL). 7.2% ABV (3/11)
Deep copper color. Grilled grapefruit, chestnut honey, dried peach and pine aromas with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long, lemon pepper, okra and escarole finish.
91 Daddy Fat Sacks IPA, Roy-Pitz Brewing Co. (PA). 7.5% ABV (3/11)
Deep copper color. Aromas of peach custard pastry and grilled grapefruit with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with honeydew melon, rye toast and peppery arugula-like hops. Delicious and rich.
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.
90 Track Town 200 Meter Ale, Eugene City Brewery (OR). 5.9% ABV (2/11)
Bright orange amber color. Aromas of orange butter and grapefruit marmalade on buttered toast with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and nicely astringent bitter greens, sappy pine and lemon pith finish. Nice intensity and style that will appeal to hopheads.
90 Bumper Crop IPA, Blue Tractor Brewery (MI). 6.6% ABV (3/11)
Bright amber color. Aromas of peach crème brûlée, honey and toasted date bread with a smooth, crisp dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full and a long, balanced lemon curd and mesclun-like hop finish. Delicious.
90 Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA, The Boston Beer Co. (MA). 6% ABV (2/11)
Bright copper color. Aromas of grilled grapefruit, praline and pinecone with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a turnip, multigrain toast, tangerine soufflé and grassy hop finish. Flavorful, zesty and balanced.
90 Brockton IPA, Granville Island Brewing Co. (Canada). 6% ABV (2/11)
Bright amber color. Aromas of lemon pepper, grass and custard with a supple, dryish medium body and a honeyed nut, turnip and frisée-like hop finish. A nicely balanced and zesty, British-styled IPA that will be great with food.
90 Alphadelic IPA, Hop Valley Brewing Co. (OR). 6.7% ABV (3/11)
Bright pure grapefruit and pine needle aromas and flavors with a frothy, soft dryish medium-to-full body and a long, peppered arugula, nutshell, dusty carrot skin finish with citrus pith and mossy earthy hops. An in-your-face, yet very charming American IPA.
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 through 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. An interesting, careening blend of wild fermented earthiness and bite. Think Belgian IPA and hearty country fare.
89 Frog Rye IPA, Issaquah Brewhouse (WA). 6.8% ABV (2/09)
Deep brilliant amber color with a lacy head. Aromas of toasted orange bread and cocoa follow through on a soft, rounded entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with tangy honeyed orange and grapefruit peels, smoked nutshells, tobacco leaf and a dried pine accent on the zesty, sharp finish.
89 Lucky U IPA, Breckenridge Brewery (CO). 6.2% ABV (3/10)
Bright amber color. Mild citrus and toast aromas follow through on a smooth, supple entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with excellent spry weight and balance. Finishes with a crisp, tart citrus and pinecone fade. Very drinkable and well crafted.