Oakes (15651) - 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 (789) - 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 (3539) - 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.
thirdeye11 (6054) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) clearish gold with fine white bubbles. Nose of gold raisins, Belgian yeast, herbal, cream, and ginger. Taste of pepper, Belgian yeast, orange pulp, finish is spicy and very carbonated.
BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Wankers Corner. A good refreshing brew. Would call it a fresh big hop American Pale Ale instead of an India Pale Ale. Not much in the way of bitterness.
topherh (1923) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy amber with a white head. Aroma is catty, fruity, malty, leafy, citrus. Flavor is sweet, hoppy, fruity citrus, and malty.
lupulicious (30) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Classic fresh-hop pale. Resiny hop flavor with a bit of citrus in the nose, but aroma is dominated by grassy and dry leaf notes. Mouthfeel is crisp yet not thin.
Hazy golden-orange color, lively and fine-grained carbonation, minimal head, no lace. Tasted this on tap at the Bridgeport pub as well, and the cirtrus aroma was more prominent.
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy rich gold with fluffy small bubbled head and great retention. Aroma is toasted caramel, resin, grass, herbs and a hint of citrus. Taste is resiny caramel, piney, and a grassy hop finish. Body is medium, average carbonation, quick dry bitter finish. Overall, a decent fresh hop ale but not the best I’ve had
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cloudy gold with off-white head. Stronger malt presence in the nose than I might expect from an IIPA. Straw, honey, some mild floral hop aroma. Assertively bitter without any citrus/pine for balance. Something unidentifiably and pleasantly pleasing lurks in the background. Unbalanced, overly bitter, not very enjoyable.