noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 Bottle, pilsner glass. Pop the cap, and a wonderful blend of hop aromas presents itself even before I pour, strongly floral, citrusy, somewhat coniferous. Pours an apricot gold, hazy, with visibly suspended sediments. Moderate white head, leaves a nice lacing. Bitterness is present, but for most of each sip rounded out by sweet malts and even a little tartness. Comparisons to citrus, especially grapefruit and kumquat, are quite apt. Carbonation breaks over the tongue, with accompanying peppery sensations. Floral honey is also present. Only in the finish is bitterness the dominant lingering flavor, and here, it’s accompanied by a lingering warmth and something piercing and fresh, hints of pine and cardamom. Wow.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Dan Journal #233. Tasted 8/26/08. 12oz bottle. Hazy with a golden honey hue. Lacing white head. Hoppy aromas with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Sweet note. Medium bodied and bitter. Big palate. Pine and grapefruit hop characters. Mild effervescence. Bitter yet rounded palate. Solid with a hoppy finish. Gimme more!
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle courtesy of xmarcnolanx. Pours a hazy honey amber with a half finger of white head and decent lacing. Nose is light citrus hops for the most part with some caramel. Taste is caramel malt upfront, mild grapefruit and some pine in the finish that lingers for a bit. Medium mouth feel. Not bad – thanks Marc.
vyvvy (5892) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours bright copper with a large frothy white head. The aroma has lots of delicious grapefruit, pine, floral and light tropical hops and some caramel malt int the background. Medium crisp body with some grainy feel and micro sharp carbonation. The flavor starts a bit thinner than expected with heavy hops on the spicy / piny side and very light malt. The finish is earthy and lightly peppery. Good IPA
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It’s been a while since I’ve tasted a beer so dank, and this a dank beer! It is so strongly hopped that after a few sips I felt as if I had somehow been transported into a land far away where the hopvines flow like milk and honey, and all the hopheads run freely picking fresh hops off the vines to add to their own homebrewed beers- adding as much as they want, to satisfy their hop fetish. It’s also not very often I rate a beer this high. But its overpowering floral and citrus hop flavors were incredible. A definite treat if you crave the bitters!
Strykzone (6763) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A cloudy orange pour with a brief off white head. Tart citrus hop aroma. A classic APA flavor profile with lots of hop and a caramel malt in the background. Grapefruit and pine hop flavors. Perhaps some dry hopping effects. More bitter than most.
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy fantomas23. pours a glowing orange color with a medium, foamy white head that leaves nice lacing behind. The aroma is of citrus hops with a touch of pine resin and also some toffee malt background. The follows the same with the big citrus hop presence that is balanced out by the toffee flavored malts. Medium bodied and good carbonation that leads to a bitter finish. A very nicely done pale ale, and one I could drink often for sure.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very cloudy, glowing, tangerine gold color. A large, frothy white head shows good retention and leaves sticky vertical flares of lacing behind. The aroma gives off big citrus hop notes, primarily orange and grapefruit, as well as some hints of pine. The malt background shows sugar glazed cereal grain and toffee notes. Flavors follow suit, as the sharp citrus hops are countered by lightly sweet, grainy malts and buttery toffee. Medium-plus bodied, with moderate, fine carbonation. A slight astringency comes through on the dry, bitter finish. Overall, this is very good for an APA, bordering on outright IPA status.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is hazed golden yellow with a thin off white head...smell is lightly toasty at first with a nice solid pine and strong grapefruit hoppiness...taste is lightly sweet and biscuity at first with an underlying sweetness moving into a light grapefruit hoppiness...good...
Beerman6686 (6383) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a light orange color with a big white head. Aroma is of a nice blend of hops, but not in your face, has some malt behind it. Flavor is fairly hopped up for a pale ale, but still well balanced by lots of malts. Pretty good.