Bronzan (126) - Windsor, California, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice, hoppy somewhat sweet aroma. A little bitter, especially on the finish. Medium body with subtle carbonation. Would have liked a "hoppier" taste...doesn’t really carry that flavor through from first scent.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick, lively cheddar orange with a nose of sweet, buttery grapefruit glaze, light orange peel, and a hint of pine. Flavor is a nicely balanced blend of rose, grapefruit, orange, and pine. Light malt essence in the background. Thick and lively on the togue. Fresh and enjoyable. Definite repeat.
onceblind (4043) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
GABF 2011. Bright yellow gold with slight haze. Grassy fresh hop aroma, but also has a tone reminiscent of plastic. Nice smooth grassy hop flavor with mild floral and a small bit of citric hops. A little light on the body. Balanced though.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
9/18/11 bridgeport hop harvest fresh hop ipa @ pap’s hopageddon.
hazy orangew/ a small white head.
really dirty a + f along with mild pine, citrus, flowers, slight spice and mostly caramel/maltiness.
a little too sweet to make it sessionable. 6/3/6/3/13+
poisoneddwarf (1710) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - OCT 30, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Bought at Fred Meyer in CDA, ID. Pours hazy cantaloupe with a large rocky lacy off-white head with great retention. Aroma is clean; it’s faintly piney, citrusy, floral and bready. I was hoping for something really resinous and in your face. Taste is bittersweet. Not your typical IPA. There’s something here in the mix that sets this apart from most IPAs. I like it. It tastes fresh. I wish the brewery would put a brewed on date on the bottle so I knew just how fresh it is. Palate is sticky, carbonation is average. Really good, I just wish the aroma was more pungently hoppy.
gyllenbock (4622) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Local Option in Chicago, October 22, 2011.
Hazy orange/amber with a minimal white head. Fresh and fruity, crisp mouth feel and easy to drink. I liked it!
Oakes (12539) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
2011. Hazy tan. The aroma is earthy, minty hop. Similar character on the palate. Not at all bright. Malts are indistinct, relatively boring. Not bright? How’d they do that?
edwardbass (514) - Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2011 Nice. Not really outstanding, but good. Citrus/floral hops aroma, but more like downplayed pine hops in the taste. Good, but not great.
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Despite the label’s potentially misleading use of the word "imperial," I knew to expect the potency of a regular pale ale or IPA. The focus here, of course, is on fresh hops, not on the alcohol level. I try to taste all of the fresh hop ales that appear during this festive time of year, and this ale in particular stands out as the greenest, juiciest, and most succulent experience of fresh hop bitterness that I’ve tasted so far. But that is quite an acquired taste, I believe. If you’ve ever tried pure hops flowers as an herbal tea, you know what a weird kind of bitterness they have on their own. This brew has a bit of that weirdness, just barely tempered by a faint hint of malty sweetness.
alexanderj (3317) - Branson, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; poured a dull amberish color with a big frothy head. Aroma of earth, bread, biscuit with a subtle note of citrus. Flavor was ok, fresh tasting, but not hugely flavorful. Earthy and some caramel, touch of sweetness. Some fruit and a sbit of spiciness.