hopscotch (9894) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Murky golden ale with lots of sediment and a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. Smells like pink grapefruit; maybe a hint floral as well. Itís just shy of heavily bitter. A southern California IPA for sure. The high abv is completely hidden in and behind all those beautiful hops. Medium-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, bone-dry finish. Thanks to the parents-in-law for bringing me a sixer down from Detwah!
fordest (2014) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2007 12 oz bottle thanks to my Secret Santa. Lots of fresh hop aromas. citrus and fruit. Flavor was very similar with a nice fresh hop finish. Very very citrusy. Nice bitter hop character. Very Yummy.
Bartzilla (559) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy crap was this stuff good. Like a crazy ass Two Hearted. Hops galore. Punishing, delicious, mind bending. This beer will gladly whip your ass. I want more.
taffurs888 (124) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer!! Hop taste is wonderful, with a splash of citrus available for the tongue. The aroma is almost better than the beer!
undsioux7 (827) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2007 Didnít really care for it the first time I had it, but it was better the second time.
Pours a hazy golden orange with some floaties and a smallish off-white head. Beautiful citrus aroma, orange, mango, apricot, and grapefruit all present. Nice lively palate. Nice malty sweetness balanced by a strong but not too strong bitterness that leaves itself a little bit to be remembered by
Re-Rate: has on tap at the blue nile and it was even better. Not as cloyingly sweet.
Suttree (5355) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy greenish yellow, decent sized white head. Very perfumy, flowery, piney hop aroma. Seriously, I mean I could wear this a cologne. Great aroma. Big thick palate. As expected, a huge hop profile, very fresh, very flowery. Mostly pine, woodsy, with a touch of grapefruit. Understated malt flavors give some contrast and keep it from being a total hop monster. Thanks to Silphium and Secret Santa, both of whom sent me this gem.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy orange in color with the unfiltered floaties that finally settle at the bottom. Huge aroma of floral hops. The aroma is Two Hearted, but the flavor is Stone IPA. One if the best IPAís ive had, but wouldnít be so quick to call it a double IPA. The alcohol content is very high, but you wont find the ale burning through your tongue with overwhelming sweetness. Regardless, its awesome.
tennisjoel (1191) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 Rerate 2008 Vintage:
Aroma is very floral. Very strong, sometimes almost off putting, as strange as that sounds. Appearance is quite awesome. Very nice creamy head with impressive lacing. The flavor is intriguing. As noticed in last years version, this is basically Two Hearted on steroids. Itís weird, some sips the flavor is a little harsh, whereas others are simply divine. I really like this beer, but at times itís almost over the top.
Original Rate 2007 Vintage:
I was trying to locate this once it hit the Twin Cities. Blue Max where I frequent did not have it in until tonight...when I spotted the last 6 pack in the cooler (hard to know if there were any more in stock hiding in the back rooms). Pours a golden orange with a quickly disappating white head. Leave lace all over the tulip glass it was poured in. Very much reminds me of Two Hearted in flavor, but slightly stronger in the ABV department. Larry Bells hit the jackpot again! Genius! Pure Genius! Yes there are hops here, but 70 IBUís is hardly near the max bittering units Iíve tasted. Sweet Beer indeed.
Total Score: 4.4
blankboy (6400) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, biegaman & mds -- courtesy of biegaman. Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a small diminishing white head. Aroma: Whoa baby, itís hop-time! Lots of fresh citrus and piney hops. Flavour: Hops, hops and hops. Long bitter finish. Medium bodied. Pretty one-dimensional but I really liked it.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Styles. Probably should have let this sit for a day or two from shipping but Iím a greedy little beer geek. Delayed gratification is for sissies anyway. Deeper golden to light amber colored, hazy. Great white head which lingers for quite a bit and leaves good lacing. Aroma is piney and fruity, slight mango/tropical presence. Medium bodied with a softer carbonation feel. Well done with balance, hops are never abrasive or sharp. Fruity tropical flavors blend with just the slightest pine/citrus. Very well done!