baugh12 (14) - lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very hoppy with citrus flavors. Very drinkable, but drink it from the can.
County95 (11) - Pleasant Valley, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pint can from Grand Cru Rhinebeck, NY. Amazing beer that lives up to the hype. I will make a trip to VT to get more.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
michaelinwa (618) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fresh can from Phatdog1. Been looking forward to sampling this one. Golden pour, big thick, lacey white head that doesn’t go away fast. The aroma on this is amazing. Smells like a bag of hops when I homebrew. Super fresh. Taste is big hop forward without being massively aggressive on the palate. Mostly pine notes. Very resiny, but again, not overdone. Balanced but still interesting, which I think is often a challenge, but the brewer got it right. Finishes with a lingering bitterness, but at the right level. I think what sets this apart is how well it pushes the envelope with the use of hops without going too far, and just the incredibly fresh nature of it. Appropriately rated high. Thank you, Craig!
BiereLuc (999) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bière orangée floconneuse avec un col de mousse satisfaisant. Le nez est incroyable : du houblon frais, du houblon fruité, des agrumes et encore du houblon. Ça sent la tondeuse! En bouche, la magie se poursuit avec les notes fruitées et amères des houblons. Même à 8%, ça se boit d’un trait. Cette bière est simplement dangereuse. J’aurais aimé ne pas avoir à suivre la cohue et scander que cette bière est surestimée par tous les beer geeks qui la placent obsessivement sur un piédestal... mais puisqu’ils ont raison : je vais simplement hocher de la tête en espérant pouvoir me ramener quelques cannettes du Vermont très bientôt.
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It’s a really good beer. I hate to jump on the bandwagon, but drinking this beer is like breaking the seal on a fresh bag of hops...game, set, match.
jd10 (68) - Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2014 half from can, half from snifter. pour is cloudy golden straw with lots of sediment. aroma is strong tropical hops (fresh pineapple and mango?). taste starts with lightly sweet hops (citrus and tropical flavors) and trends toward piney hop bitterness in the finish. alcohol is barely noticeable. very enjoyable.
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can to snifter. Light murky amber color. Ok smell bit not the best aroma of the dipas I’ve had. Nice sweet start with a bitter finish that lingers.
Mittenator (1440) - Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint can. Pale yellow with sediment. Thin white head with medium sized bubbles. Citrus, pine, hops and honey aromas. Sweet upfront an then really piney finish. Body changes from smooth to astringent as well.
rickhall28 (4) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I live in NJ and just got a case of 24 x 16’s home from the brewery. Definitely worth an almost 4 hour round trip detour from some business I was doing in southern Vermont. One of the best beers I’ve ever had. Being a DIPA and me being IPA lover...it takes a lot for me to rate an IPA this high. You definitely don’t taste the 8%. I poured my first one out in a large Sam Adams glass. Great head that stood firm and tall...but then fell in on itself pretty quickly like a soufflé. Still got the great aromas...although smelling into the can after the pour revealed some additional intensity. The hops in this beer are very enjoyable...with a lot of complex flavors...but what’s most amazing is how smooth this highly hopped 8% IPA drinks. Obviously the scarcity of the beer and difficulty in getting outside of northern Vermont just add to the allure.
bytemesis (3702) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2013 Can - thanks MWBrady12. Pours hazy amber with a quadrillion floaties. Oh-oh. Small white head that dissipates quickly but leaves nice lacing. Aroma is not strong; citrus pine and caramel - pretty standard stuff. Flavor is actually pretty pleasant for an IPA that is clearly past its prime. Nice citrus and pine dominating, a bit of sweetness, medium bitter through to the finish. Full bodied and intensely creamy/oily mouthfeel - 5+ for that one! This is a good beer, I am extremely interested to find out what it is like when fresh.
Rerate with a two day old can. Ok, this is an amazing beer when fresh.