allendodd (116) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mark brought a six from the brewery last weekend. Thanks! Pours a clear, medium yellow orange with a light yellow orange head. Nose is serious hops with citrus and pine. There isn’t much suggestion of malt/grain in the nose and the significant hop bite is the first thing I noticed when it hit my mouth. Mouth feel is a relatively smooth but the malt sweetness can’t seem to catch up to the hops here. Grassy notes come to the fore a bit more mid-way through the mouth, and the finish is pretty dry. My biggest disappointment is that the malt isn’t quite enough for the hops here, and that was re-enforced for me when I had my second bottle with dinner. High fat food made a great pairing with the beer and helped bring the hops under control. All in all, I’d do this one again in a heartbeat. It is a solid beer and a worthy effort. I hope to see more like this one from these guys on the Minnesota prairie.
MadShaolin (100) - - JAN 27, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very minty/citrus/bubblegum. Cloudy copper pour. Lemon zest. A lot of lingering tea. Has a great, fresh zest with a cracker malt backbone that helps stand it up
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
MNAle (66) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
15/22S/167/14/2222 date code, tasted on November 5. Your guess is as good as mine as to how old this beer was. My tasting leads me to think this one may have had some age on it.
Dark amber color, moderate carbonation, small off-white head that fades quickly, but has good lacing. Aroma is citrus hops with bready malt.
Initial taste almost a British malt followed by hops piney bitterness, with the bitterness lingering into the aftertaste. The mouth feel is thicker than expected for the style, with the maltiness dominating the initial taste.
Due to the initial maltiness, which does hold up throughout, this beer is better balanced that a typical American IPA, but it is still dominated by the hops in the end. The hops taste is more resin than citrus, despite the aroma.
I really have no idea how this “fresh hops” IPA compares with what is expected from a “fresh hops” ale. Whatever the fresh hops are supposed to bring, this seems more like a standard IPA, except that the British-style malts are more present that with a west coast style IPA. In other words, I got nothing but a normal IPA with better malt balance.
I really like the almost British bitter-style malt presence. Even so, given the price demanded for this six pack, it will be difficult to justify buying more.
Mark_Eck (1225) - - OCT 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear orange color. Aroma and taste are citrus fruits and some pine.
Iphonephan (4625) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Grassy nose. Flavors of resin with subtle citrus notes. Bitter finish.
edwardbass (652) - Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from Discount Liquors in Milwaukee. Maybe a bit old? Aroma is malt and some wet grass. Amber color with a small head. Taste is very malty, with the hops in the background, though the fresh hops are obvious from the grassy taste. Not bad overall, but not great for what is supposed to be a fresh hop beer. I think a choice of slightly less overwhelming malts would have made this beer a great one.
superspak (3500) - Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, biscuit, light honey, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of citrus/floral hops and fairly balanced malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, caramel, biscuit, light pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, caramel, biscuit, light honey, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of citrus/grassy hops with moderate malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice wet hop ale. Good balance of citrus/grassy hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
alliance100 (1007) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle - pours a transparent dark golden color . Mild earthy hop aromas . Taste is faintly bitter with some breadiness . Finish is pretty clean . Ehhh not bad wouldn't seek out again .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
milewide (1749) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very malt forward, but may have been a bit old. Hops were pleasant but a bit bland with nothing standing out.
nuplastikk (5090) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Filtered orange-tan body. Foamy off-white head. Earthy hop vine taste. Grassy and dry, with some familiar citrus tones as well. Hefty mat body, full bodied. The massive malt backbone sort of overwhelms the hops, though they are certainly still there. OK.
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear, dark copper with a medium head. malt and sweet hop aromas. Really sweet with weird finish
-- rated with beerbasher