Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Brewery. Dark golen body with off white head and decent lacing. This beer has a good citrus hop aroma and flavor. Some bitterness in the flavor. Leaves a mild citrus fruit aftertaste on palate. Good brew.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber body. Wonderful aroma - straight up ballin’ Cascades. Teh flavor dissapointingly features none of the flavor/aromatic hops just the bitter parts of the hop. Not much malt backing. Bonus points for the aroma.
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2007 Pours to a brassy caramel colored body with a thin white head. The aroma is phenominal. Cascades galore. Sweet juicy lemons, limes, grapefruit, caramel. Wowzers. The flavor is quite smooth. Sweet juicy grapefruit and caramel. Not overly bitter. Rather, sweet and juicy. The palate is moderate in feel with a nice texture and decent carbonation. This is a really good APA. 9, 3, 8, 3, 16 = 3.9
Resampled at 10th Annual Mid*Winter Brewfest. Pours to a very murky unfiltered straw/caramel colored body with a nice creamy foamy white head. The flavor is in the style of a West Coast IPA all the way. Nectarines, lemons, grapefruit. Not bitter. Simply hoppy. The flavor is nicely balanced by the obvious unfiltered malt and yeast. The aroma is hoppy but quite toasty. Smells good but simply not very bright in the hops this time around. Smooth non resin or overly bitter palate. 7, 4, 8, 4, 16 = 3.9
tomxcs (321) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The light body and big fruity qualities with lowish bitterness of this pale reminded me a lot of a Two Hearted. Wonderful citric hop and tropical fruit aroma; citric/piney hop flavors. Crisp malts. It’s nice to see some great new beers are being made in Madison!
ElGaucho (2208) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Creamy hop aroma; very pleasant and promising. Smells like an EPA. Amber body and a small, off-white, cloudy head. Not much lace or head. Nice balance. Has the right amount of bitterness for an APA. Very pleasant; has session qualities. Solid; a pleasant surprise. Lighter in body but better than 70% of beers out there.
Brigadier (2985) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 On tap at brewery
This was the second to last sample of the night as we finished with the Ambergeddon. The name might provide a hint of what you will experience when you try this but in case you can’t get to Madison, I will do my best to describe it.
Aroma / Appearance - A thin bubbly head sat on top of the nectarine colored body. A distinct hop aroma greeted my nose when I sniffed - there were definite grapefruit, spruce and general fruity aromas. Hidden in the background were riep bananas.
Flavor / Palate - The very first thing to hit the back of the mouth is a bitter hop taste that tastes like someone has liquified pine needles. To keep it well rounded they soaked them in grapefruit juice. The body might have been a little on the thin side but it was still an overwhelmingly positive experience. It was not the hop bomb that I was expecting. Despite the fact that in general I am not a big fan of APAs, if all were done this well I could easily learn to love them.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very hoppy aroma, just smack full of grapefruit, pungent tropical fruits like mango or pineapple. Wow. Even after sitting for an hour the aroma was very good. Cludy amber-orange wit ha thin, off-white head. Cereal or bready malt flavor with tons of grapefruit and citrusy flavors. Well balances, not much bitterness at all. Lighter bodied, overall a very good APA.