Pinedrops IPA
India Pale Ale
Deschutes Brewery
Bend, OR
ABV: 6.5%

Jon:
4.5
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
9/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
18/20
I feared this would be too piney for mid-afternoon, thankfully I was wrong! There's a sweet orange element balancing the pine nicely. Not malty but still has a slight burnt/toasty flavor on the end. Enjoyably complex.
Mark:
4.6
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
9/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
19/20
Beautiful beer! Might just be the light, but it seems to graduate from golden orange to a lighter yellow color. I do taste the pine, especially right at first but it fades into lemongrass citrus with an herbal aftertaste. Quite clean. Crisp and flavorful.
Jere:
3.8
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
16/20
It certainly hits the spot on a wintry Spring day, but I think I prefer some other Deschutes offerings over this one. Very tasty nonetheless. If I could compare with the on-tap version, I might up a couple points.

Citradelic Tangerine IPA
India Pale Ale
New Belgium Brewing Company
Fort Collins, CO
ABV: 6%

Jon:
4.2
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
16/20
Mmmmm tropical. The mouthfeel is interesting on this one, kind of slippery like oily lemon skin. I could use a tad more brightness and aroma here but I think that's just the freshness of the bottle speaking. This stuff is dynamite on tap.
Mark:
3.9
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
17/20
You can definitely taste the tangerine. Pretty tasty, but I'm not sure I would've chosen tangerine. Maybe something with a little bit more bite. Does have a bit of a slippery almost slimy mouthfeel. Overall, quite good. Refreshing.
Jere:
5.0
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
10/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
10/10
Overall
20/20
Full marks for this one! We had a Mango IPA last week, and this one with Tangerine is even better. I'm already ready for my second. Something about the citrusness just does it for me.

Vital IPA
India Pale Ale
Victory Brewing Company
Downington, PA
ABV: 6.5%

Jon:
4.3
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
18/20
Flavorwise this is along the lines of the "hoppy pilsner" trend, which I've been enjoying quite a bit. Crisp and clean, no flavors out of place in my opinion. Fruity.
Mark:
3.3
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
6/10
Overall
14/20
Soapy, slippery head, clear golden color. Has kind of a sour apple, Jolly Rancher taste to it that I'm not sure I'm crazy about. "Crisp?" I suppose. Also, a little "soft" mineral taste. Overall, pretty decent with some original flare.
Jere:
4.3
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
9/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
17/20
Fruity and lemony, citrus-y, crisp, and bright. I value good IPAs like this, especially as we approach the natural Spring beginning (since we're technically in Spring now). The makers might be in Pennsylvania, but this one could've come from around these parts.

Pataskala Red IPA
India Pale Ale
Stone Brewing Company
Escondido, CA
ABV: 6.2%

Jon:
4.1
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
16/20
This one is bitter and malty in layers. The flavors don't disagree, they just aren't making a cohesive whole. Good thing each aspect is good enough on its own to make this a pretty good glass. Lotsa hops!
Mark:
3.6
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
6/10
Overall
16/20
Deep red color with a creamy, foam head. Nice and bitter with a slightly burnt coffee aftertaste. Hops are nice. The maltiness lingers a little longer than I'd like it to. Different, but delicious!
Jere:
4.1
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
18/20
Mmmmm, Stone... Haven't had one from those guys for quite some time, and while this is a new variety, it's definitely up to snuff with their other offerings. It's also my first red IPA, if I recall correctly. And it pairs well with pepperoni!

Torpedo
Extra IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Chico, CA
ABV: 7.2%

Jon:
4.0
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
16/20
Hurray for cans, I'm glad that Sierra Nevada is firmly on the canning bandwagon. I haven't had Torpedo in a while, it tastes like it may have had a few tweaks, or maybe this was just a weird batch. The nose is a tad sour and I'm missing some brightness. This is still a solid brew that has been my go-to many a time.
Mark:
4.2
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
17/20
Pours a nice burnt caramel color. This batch is super hoppy (good) with lots of citrus and herbal deliciousness. There is a slight burnt or sour taste to this one but it doesn't take anything away. Quite nice.
Jere:
4.8
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
9/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
10/10
Overall
19/20
Perhaps it's because we haven't reviewed anything in over a month, but this one gets high marks from me. I was surprised we hadn't already reviewed it, since it seems like we've at least critiqued something from Sierra Nevada in the past. I do appreciate the 'Extra' part in the name on a night like tonight.

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