fiulijn (16428) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at The Beer Junction, Seattle
Golden color with creamy head. It’s quite lean and not very sweet, therefore easy to drink. The malts have not much character, but the hops have a lot, specifically an animal character, but also fruity and resiny.
Very good and fresh.
vyvvy (4661) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Schlafly’s Repeal of Prohibition festival 2014 - Pours copper with a bit of a haze and an off-white head. The aroma has caramel malt, floral hops, pineapple and light funkiness. It has a medium light rough body with light carbonation. The taste begins very dry and cracker with woody and earthy hops. The finish brings some pine and richer malt. The best beer from Bale Breaker at the fest.
seymour (1659) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on tap at the Schlafly Bottleworks, a guest tap leftover from their Repeal of Prohibition Festival. Deep orange amber colour with weak white foam. Intense American hoppy notes, of course, but I’m calling bullsh!t on the 100+ IBU claim. The bitterness isn’t that severe, the hops are thankfully more manifest in the flavour and aroma stages instead. Grapefruit, orange marmalade, dried apricots, mango, pineapple, black currants, pine resin. I was interested to try the new HBC366 hop, but it was impossible to tease-out from the Mosaic and Simcoe traits. Perhaps it contributed what reminded me of Galaxy, a strong tropical fruitiness. Predictable pale ale grainbill, some residual caramelly sweetness. Light-medium body, well-rounded mouthfeel, well-concealed alcohol. The ABV and overall hops-forward balance are too strong for me to enjoy as a session beer, but a small pour was a tasty treat.
after4ever (6688) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at SB. Pours a slightly hazy medium amber with a dense and creamy white head. Big sweet piney nose with bursts of orange and grapefruit and some sweet tangy mango in the background. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toasty caramel backbone with slightly less-clear hop notes over the top; as sparkling as the aromatics are with distinct different notes, the mid-palate is just deliciously piney and grapefruity. But still spectacular by most any standard. Long crisp dry finish. Great beer.
ACHops (960) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Chuck’s 85th. Pours bright dark orange copper with thin lacy off-white head. Aroma is rich sweet caramel malt with light floral hops on the back. Taste is similar, big dark roasty caramel malt with light syrupy sweetness. Hops are forward, resinous, sharply bitter initially, then fading quickly. Very promising effort, the malt is a bit damp in its sweetness and the hops don’t offer much flavor beyond the bitterness. Not quite the imperial heir to Top Cutter.
Strykzone (5534) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Repeal. Dark copper hued and pretty much clear. Bigeverything here but not so that subtlety is not noted. Citrusy and tropical hops. Complex malts. A lot o to offer here. All of it good.
cstuartj (1019) - Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours ruby gold with a thin head and tons of lacing. Big hop, pine, wet grass nose. Complex hop with a hint of malt. Dry warm finish.
brenn79 (1725) - Idaho, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
20 oz pint at Paddys- Pours hazy deep golden with a creamy off white head and layered lace. Aroma is fresh citrus, sweet, hoppy. The taste is hops, citrusy, bitter. Not the best double IPA but definitely solid.
poisoneddwarf (1953) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Paddy’s in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Pours hazy brown-orange with a collapsing off white head; falls into a skiff of foam, leaves some lace. Aroma is piney, catty. Flavor is fresh and hoppy but a little vegetal, chopped wood. Good, but it would be better without that vegetal quality.