CanIHave4Beers (3362) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep orange with a medium tight white head and good lacing on the glass.
The aroma has a whole lot of pungent fruity hop character & perhaps the most true to form grapefruit aroma Iíve ever smelled in a beer. There is some orange rind and light alcohol in there as well.
The flavor is citrusy and hoppy, the beer is largely dry with lots of grapefruit and some light garlicy hop notes. The beer is fairly clean, nicely bitter and has some leafy/grassy hops in the finish.
The palate is nice, fairly sharp with a low carbonation.
Wow, how unexpected... this is a very enjoyable IPA.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber with a thin creamy tan head and some lacing. Aroma is floral, bready and vegetal with some herbs and fresh leaves. Taste is herbal tea-like with floral hops and pale malt and mild bitterness and a touch of warming on the finish. Interesting for awhile, but got redundant quick.
bobbypaulson (217) - Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at atomic coffe in Moorhead, MN. This beer pours a clear brownish yellow with a nice thick white head that leaves a think ring around the beer. Smell is sweet flowery hops. taste is deliciously hop forward with a finish that is on the sweeter side. After taste is of bitter hops. a good fresh hopped beer
TheEpeeist (3401) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Clear copper with a fluffy white head. Nose is toffee, tangerine and grass; slightly floral. Medium body with light carb, kind of ponderous for an IPA. Taste is caramel, honey, pine and orange-grapefruit.
empirebeer (3) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2011 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A completely enjoyable beer for you hop fans. Just as the label says, it is indeed fresh. Easy to recommend this beer, and suggest you buy a couple of six packs because you will want to come back to this beer often. Great to remind you of spring through the long Minnesota winters. Really nice finish, so donít rush through your pour.
BVery (6980) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Mostly clear orange pour with a small soapy white head. Awesome aroma of floral hops and slight caramel malt - grapefruit and tea in there as well. Medium palate with appropriate carbonation. Taste is slight caramel malt, big floral/citrus hops but very well balanced. This is really well done - my favorite offering from Brau Brothers to date.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Bright caramel in color with a large, frothy, white head. Plenty of caramel, orange, grapefruit in the aroma. Taste is fairly malty with more caramel, toffee, and not as much citrus as I hoped for. More of a pine flavor from the hops. Fairly bitter. Pretty good, but not near the top for fresh hopped beers for me.
Guerde (1184) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Pours a slightly hazy, but mostly clear dark amber/orange color with a thin off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is certainly and predictably hop-forward, with nice scents of grapefruit, light pine, and plenty of orange that when swirled smells a lot like orange zest infused caramel. Pretty nice. Further scents of ambrosia salad. Taste is a little more malt-forward than expected, with plenty of caramel, light toasty biscuit, and a solid amount of purely bitter and grassy hops. Tastes a bit like a darjeeling tea. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation gets just a bit too spritzy. This is a solid beer, and having tried more Brau Brothers brews recently, it seems they have finally controlled the QC issues that plagued their earlier days. This is good to see, and it will certainly prompt me to continue to purchase their products.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into sample glass. This is one of, if not the best, fresh hop ale Iíve had. It just smells and tastes fresher than anything out there! Aroma is wonderful and full of every hop smell that youíd expect and then some. Delicious!
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Just barely hazy amber-orange with thin white head and light lacing lines.
Aroma: Mild citrus and a sharp dry herb-like spiciness that I canít identify. Not the biggest fan of the aroma.
Taste: Very herbal spiciness upfront with light citrus and pine. The malts are on the more toasted, caramel and grassy side of things but relegated to the background. Ends somewhat bitter but more tangy and spicy, with that strange herb taste carrying through.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, with a medium, somewhat oily, body. Dry finish.
Overall: You really have to appreciate a Minnesota brewer growing their own hops, and this is certainly a fresh and unique beer. That said, this isnít my favorite mix of hops. Happy to try it, and did enjoy it, but would not seek out again.