Modus Mandarina
India Pale Ale
SKA Brewing
Durango, CO
ABV: 6.8%

Jon:
4.3
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
10/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
16/20
Woah, heavy duty. Many of the fruit IPAs we've been trying have been light and easy, but this one has more of a double IPA body and weight. It smells like an orangey strong ale fest.
Mark:
4.0
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
16/20
Wow! Really different. Even the color is orange. I really taste the orange peels in this. Sour orange at first, then a hit of sweet citrus fading to bitter, burnt orange.
Jere:
4.0
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
17/20
It's like orange soda, but the beer version! The color is actually a little deceptive, as it probably influences my tasting experience. We've sampled this brewery before, and the quality level holds up.

Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 001
India Pale Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing
Paso Robles, CA
ABV: 5.9%

Jon:
4.5
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
18/20
Heavy on the citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors. Just on the edge of too much orangey sweetness, but it's still bright enough to really pop. All sorts of yum.
Mark:
4.2
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
17/20
Pretty straight forward hoppyness. Mostly citrus (lemon/lime/grapefruit) with a touch of pineapple acidity aftertaste. Not amazingly complex but delicious just the same.
Jere:
3.6
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
16/20
The name makes me think of something different, but I don't know if that's coloring my perception. I'm usually a fan of the brewery too, so perhaps I'm just having an off tasting night.

Pulp Fusion
India Pale Ale
Boulder Beer Company
Boulder, CO
ABV: 6.5%

Jon:
3.6
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
5/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
14/20
This one is more on the sweet side of citrus, quite tasty all the same. I only wish there were more though: more nose, more hops, more dimension. Great hot weather IPA.
Mark:
3.5
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
5/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
15/20
I've always loved Boulder Beer. Great beer and a great place to hang out if you're ever driving through! This is on the lighter side for an IPA. Crisp and refreshing with a bit of lemony citrus and effervescence on the front end fading quickly to sweet orange. Not a lot of aftertaste. Pretty clean. Nice summer beer.
Jere:
4.8
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
10/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
19/20
Boulder Beer never disappoints, although it seems like they should have come up with this idea a while ago. But better late than never. And I'm impressed with the availability so soon after the launch.

Something Brew
Double IPA
JimBrew
ABV: ~6.7%

Jon:
4.6
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
19/20
This is a double alright! It's really hoppy, and in a variety of ways. There's a definite brightness on the nose and first taste, but it finishes darker, more earthy and piney. Nice carbonation level. I think this is the best (and strongest!) JimBrew yet. Except maybe the orange creamsicle stuff... that was pretty good too.
Mark:
4.7
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
9/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
19/20
Holy Hops! I smelled it the instant I popped the cap. Pours a burnt carmamel color with a nice head. There's really a lot to this one. I get a lot of floral/herbal hops with a touch of maltiness behind it at first, then fades into lemony bitter with a mineral aftertaste. Pretty complex and delicious!
Jere:
4.1
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
18/20
Yum yum! I think this is my favorite JimBrew so far. The hops are bold, and it feels stronger than 6.7, but each bottle is its own snowflake so perhaps I just got a hefty one.

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.

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