seymour (1391) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from a can (thatís right) at the Saint Louis Ratebeer Gathering in a tulip glass. Appearance and grainbill were typical of Imperial IPAs, but itís the crazy cool aromas and flavors that set this beer apart. Massive herbal, spicy, grassy, perfumey, earthy, woodsy, citrusy (and not just grapefruit, mind you) hops that reveal themselves layer after endless layer. What did Vermont residents do to deserve this and Magic Hat and Hill Farmstead? Not fair!
jandd1983 (2468) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the St. Louis RB gathering. It poured a hazy amber color with a big white head. The aroma was of citrus and grapefruit hops. The taste was citrus hops with a nice malt balance and a nice bitter hop finish. A very good IPA.
Strykzone (4782) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the st. Louis ratebeer gathering. This is hazy golden. Little head. A sweet hop nose but the flavor is big and bitter. Lots of citrus. Some bread and caramel. The bitterness smoothed out and nuances came through. Good!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2011 Super fresh 16 oz. can. Poured into my glass, it yields a cloudy, stratified, dusky burnt amber to light sienna body with a beautifully thick, spongy head of lasting cream colored froth. Hard, dense, patchy swaths of lacing coat the glass from top to bottom. Good looking brew here. The nose is dank, dank, DANK. Simcoe was clearly used generously. I get notes of cannabis, wet grass, and hay, with a secondary wave of pithy, peppery white grapefruit and maybe some distant pine resin. Though it is clearly a hop bomb, there is a really nice underlying honeyed, bready malt character that lends a chewy balance to the aroma. It somehow manages to avoid the savory, meaty notes and cat pee essence that some Simcoe-based IPAs inherently contain (*cough*cough* GUBNA *cough*cough). The taste is very hop-centric, showing more resin than before, cannabis kind of fading away. I get more bitter citrus pith and grass, followed by notes of oily, fruity citrus peel and sticky pine resin. The malt character is pretty much the perfect counterpoint, formidable enough to slightly damper the onslaught of hop bitterness, yet not so overbearing as to take over or lend excessive sweetness. In fact, the malts are downright tasty in their own right, touching on baking bread and honey-kissed toast. Yummy, yummy brew. The palate is medium-full in stature, super-smooth up front, with what seems like the perfect amount of soft yet persistent carbonation. Alcoholic warmth is almost nil, which is a feat for an 8% brew, yet it does finish excessively sugary and sticky. Hell, my lips were nearly glued together after drinking this can! On the whole, you can color me impressed. I generally hate Simcoe hops, and the hype train really had my guard up, but this brew is different. They somehow captured that sweet spot between malt and hop that so few IIPAs do, and it shows off the very best characteristics of Simcoe without any of the typical off scents or flavors. Damn fine beer. This is what GUBNA wishes it was.
Tmoney99 (10409) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavyrthy hoppy aroma. Moderate to heavy bitter flavor with a moderate to heavy bitter finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate alcohol bite at the finish. Very good brew.
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally get to try this, even got the first pour .. . Pours a deep yellow gold .. great foam, medium sticky lacing .. . lots of pine, sap, flowers, and hop syrup .. . great pure hop mouth, not to sweet- just perfect .. . A hell of an IIPA, very happy i got to try it and see now why people talk about it. .. . no dogs allowed!
Hair6a11 (1315) - Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Can. Hell Yeah (thanks jeff) - "Drink From the Can", Fine! I poured a bit into a taster to get the color and appearance, though. Which is , frankly, a fairly clear honey gold with an average off white head, I suppose. Back to the can. The nose is tangerine, caramel, honey, and grassy hops, really. The citrus notes though are pretty fantastic. I suppose out of the gate; Iím surprised at the bitterness level in this beer - 120 IBUís - well. When I say surprised, I mean Iím not necessarily pulling an extreme bitterness from this beer. The sweetness from the caramel/honey notes mesh wonderfully with the tangerine/apricot citrus notes, fused with the grassy/piney hop profile. But this feels odd, drinking from the can. The mouthfeel is thick and chunky, relative to the swigs Iím taking. And to be honest, there is a hint of metallics present here. But who am I to argue with the alchemist?
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to mkabull and AutumnBeerLove for sending me fresh cans(on the same day)!
Pours a hazy golden orange with tangerine hues and a 1.5 finger white foam head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.
Dank, uber-fresh hop aroma with lots of resinous hop oils and grassy pine along with a ton of citrus and tropical fruit character. Spicy with hints of pine needle, orange peel, grapefruit, mango and pineapple as well as a subtle biscuity malt presence.
Chewy fully body with a blast on dry, oily hops that linger over the sweeter fruit notes and subtle malt backbone into a nice dry finish. The hop profile is pretty complex with dry, earthy pine needle flavor countered by sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes. Hints of papaya, mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel give this beer some nice sweetness and great balance without overpowering the bitterness. In fact, these two flavors continuously bounce off of each other back and forth throughout. In addition, there is a faint malt presence which gives the beer a good backbone, again without taking anything away from the hops. Toward the finish there is slight boozy heat but overall the ABV is very well masked and this beer is dangerously quaffable.
This beer is legit, living up to the hype I wish that I had easier access so I could add it to my regular rotation.
SrSilligoose (3217) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2013 fresh can. pours a hazy orange amber with a small offwhite head. when cold and fresh, aroma of big juicy tropical fruits, pungent grapefruit bitterness, touch of sweet candied apple, caramel, and melons. some light booze as well, that becomes more apparent as it warms. would have preferred a 6 percent version of this, as the booze is a tad distracting, but could be enjoyable if in the mood for that sort of thang. defintiely hoppy, red grapefruit and tangerines shine. a touch resiny. enough bitterness to balance. too much boost offered. Lot of can to can variation as well. Some with more doughy melon drank than others.
Luckyhank (32) - California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank this from the can, as intended, so the raing for appearance is kind of on faith. The aroma on this is so deep and hoppy, itís just a shame you canít stick your whole nose in. Taste is a touch too bitter, but still solid. Overall, a very strong IPA.