Nickls (1815) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Lightly hazy bright marigold with a lovely cap of pure white head, with some decent lacing. Grapefruit and dank aromas that nearly push to harsh, but stop just short for the bitterness in the aroma...really nice burst of hoppiness. Hops dominate, but are a bit softer in the flavor...not by much, loads of fresh grapefruit, only a tiny hint of some sweetness and caramel, and a bit of tropical fruit, with a dank finish. Lighter to medium body, and softer carbonation. One of my all-time favorite IPAs.
TaktikMTL (5655) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’un fût, dégusté au Winter Beer Gathering 2011 chez Hill Farmstead Brewery (Greensboro, VT). Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et de fruits tropicaux. Apparence: La couleur est orangée voilée. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de zestes d’orange et de pamplemousse avec une pointe de mangue. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût houblonné. (Rating #3519)
woodychevy (345) - - FEB 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this at Happy Hour at Smoky Oak in Chas. Was almost the end of the cask-conditioned ale- poured very flat with no head. Bit hard to get past the appearance of it - doesn’t make one salivate like the traditional bubbles and foam topping one is used to. Flatness led to limited aroma and low score for appearance/ palate. Made up for it some with taste- very fruity, refreshing. Definitely unique. Would pair well with spicy food. 70 IBU’s. Definitely hoppy without being dry or bitter. Worth another taste- maybe tomorrow :)
kopher (592) - New York, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
amazing fresh-hop aroma full of apricot, grapefruit, and just a touch of cheese.
pours a clear light yellow/orange with fizzy white head.
flavor is predominantly bitter, but mild
medium-thin body, crisp, lightly carbonated, with long hoppy finish.
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is full of apricot and peach notes backed up by the hops. The appearance is very light golden. Taste is similar to the smell, however: the smell cannot communicate the crispness of the flavor. It is wonderfully balanced and light. It allows you to taste the hops more delicate notes due to the crisp and clean finish.
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really impressive stuff. Very clean drinking and finishing IPA with tons of pine and a resinous finish. I wish I could get it easier....strongly recommended.
snuffla (156) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - pale yellow. Ar - Peaches, mangoes, limes, lots of fruity lusciousness. T - Delicate but with a lovely hop balance. Superb. Shows how big hop beers don’t need to be massive malt monsters, but can show poise and verve. Awesomely good beer
broozer81 (106) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2011 One of the finest IPA I’ve tasted. It’s an incredibly smooth brew that does down terrific.A wonderful array of citrus flavors, orange peel, grapefruit, peach. I tried sculpin after a stone ipa (which is also great) an sculpin was noticeably superior. Top notch.
Hair6a11 (1323) - Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle; Pour is light golden with a frothy white head. Excellent retention and lacing in this shaker. Terrific juicy fruit aromas - Grapefruit, orange zest,and a nice bouquet of hops. Juicy hops fuse with a malt forward feel. The hop profile tingles the tongue. I lied. This brew is so close to the Alesmith brew. I give that one the nod though, side by side.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2011 Draught at Galbraiths Alehouse (Auckland, NZ). Poured a hazy amber/yellow. Huge peach aroma. A creaminess to the palate that balanced out the hop and brought out the caramel in the malt. Went down very well with The GrandMistress, so kudos indeed.