Mountain Standard IPA
India Pale Ale
Odell Brewing Company
Fort Collins, CO
ABV: 6.5%

Jon:
3.9
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
16/20
Hardly any nose, but I love the pineapple-ish flavor going on. Definitely on the tart side.
Mark:
3.3
Appearance
2/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
15/20
Weird neon yellow color, but it tastes good. It's got that tropical zing. Kind of reminds me of the "natural" energy drink I was drinking yesterday. A little bit of a vitamin aftertaste and no head whatsoever. It's different for sure but good job making a unique IPA!
Jere:
4.5
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
9/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
18/20
Fruity and delicious, me likes! Or maybe it's just cuz we haven't done one of these for 6 months.

Full Sail Malted Milkshake IPA
India Pale Ale
Full Sail Brewing Company
Hood River, OR
ABV: 6.8%

Jon:
3.9
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
5/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
16/20
The mouthfeel reminds me more of an Orange Julius than a milkshake, but maybe the flavor profile is throwing me off. Very little nose. Very tart at the end. My brain is spinning too much from the "milkshake" term to properly arrange my thoughts... tasty beer though.
Jere:
3.8
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
16/20
Yum yum! Unfortunately it does have wheat so that DQ's it from Mark, but I'll have the second one he won't be having, so it kinda worked out.

Da Shootz!
American Pilsner
Deschutes Brewery
Bend, OR
ABV: 4.0%

Jon:
3.6
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
2/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
15/20
We drink a lot of Mexican lager around here, I think it's interesting to contrast with a premium lager every once in a while. There's a helluva lot more flavor, but I also enjoy the cleanness of basic lagers. It's almost like the difference between tequila and vodka. I enjoy the bitterness of this to a point but it starts to add up. Biggest hoppy bouquet of any lager I've smelled.
Mark:
4.1
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
18/20
I really like this. It's like a hoppy beer spritzer :) I could drink these all day. A lot like a good mexican beer that someone accidently dropped some extra hops in.
Jere:
3.8
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
16/20
Light but tasty, I will be having another! I also appreciate the brewery loyalty - we used to down Mirrorponds all the time. Let the good times roll!

Mind Haze
India Pale Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing
Paso Robles, CA
ABV: 6.2%

Jon:
4.3
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
17/20
Ooh, so pretty. And tasty. Balanced in acid vs sweet. Like hoppy lemon verbena. Damn good.
Mark:
3.8
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
16/20
Soft and fruity. I'm not even really sure how to describe this. Kind of like tutti fruity tea with an herbal bitter aftertaste. Good and different.
Jere:
3.5
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
5/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
17/20
Most interesting. I probably wouldn't have tried it if the brewery wasn't Firestone Walker, but I'm glad I did. The whole haze thing is a bit odd, but I'll go with it.

13
India Pale Ale
Crystal Springs Brewery
Boulder, CO
ABV: 7.2%

Jon:
3.1
Appearance
2/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
6/10
Overall
13/20
The color is darker than any IPA I've ever seen. A bit metallic, or maybe the sour zing is just really intense. Unique.
Mark:
3.2
Appearance
2/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
6/10
Overall
14/20
Weird, slightly cloudy color with an herbal, sour fruit aroma when poured. Definitely lives up to the fruity claim on the can. I taste pineapple and maybe a little sour strawberry. I also get a little metallic zing, kind of like zinc. Pretty clean with not a lot of aftertaste.
Jere:
3.7
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
16/20
Some IPAs are pretty obvious they're an IPA, but this one disguises it well. The usual categories defy easy descriptions, and consequently it's hard to put into words. Also wondering where the name comes from.

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