Chama River The Hop Merchant
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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
All the hops of a Double IPA crammed into one little pale ale. Hopped with Columbus and Simcoe in the kettle and dry hopped exclusively with Cascade.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Hand bottled: Reddish hued honey, very slight haze, large pillowy off-white head, lovely lacing, low carbonation.   Soft hop nose, slight candied orange zest.   Very soft hop bitterness up front, slight tea leaf, touch of citrus, but falls off quickly towards the end.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Quick finish, clean, but needs more umph on the backside.   Sums up as soft hop tea.   Thanks Steve for this rare one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Thanks to whaleman for sharing this hand bottled brew from the brewer... Appears a cloudy amber with a soapy white head and scattered lacing. The head fades into a nice film that lasts for the duration of the drink. Smell is of a huge hop bill with lots of citrus and pine, along with some caramel malt coming through. Mouthfeel is slightly watery with some bitter hops sticking around . A tad more balance was needed IMO but itís still a decent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Thanks to whaleman for this unique hop experience. Pours a translucent orange amber with a small bubbly white head. Aroma was very much orange with some pine. Flavor was dry and piney. Lots of hops, which I really enoyed. Quite an interesting American Pale Ale and Iím really glad whaleman brought this treat along to a tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Thanks Whaleman. Poured a orange amber in color with a small lasting head. Very citrusy and hoppy aroma. Grapefruity and pine notes. Flavor is hoppy with a little malt character. Very bitter tasting. Finish is grapefruity. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2005
RLB YEHA 05. Bottle from Whaleman. Pours a medium amber with a thin lasting white head. Aroma is very intense with lots of citrus, grapefruit, mango, and pine. Flavor is a bit less intense and is actually pure harsh hops, due to the lack of malt. Very very bitter which I like. This is a great off-style APA. Reminded me a bit of Yards Philly pale ale- with a ton of simcoe hops just like the Hop Merchant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2005
12.10.05 Bomber thanks to whaleman, RLB YEHA-05. Glowing orange amber pour with small but lasting white head. As soon as Dave opened this bottle, the room filled with a perfume of citrus blossom, resin, and spruce. Damned if I didnít slam whatever was in my glass to get a load of this stuff. One of the more exciting beers Iíve chewed on in a while. Pretty much, this stuff is a lightly malty, slightly sweet lipton tea-like brew that is absolutely packed to the gills with tastebud and saliva stripping hops. There is no way this beer would ever quench your thirst for anything but citric and resinous bitterness, but never your thirst for fluids.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Poured a clear amber with a white head. Surprisingly strong aroma of citrus and pine hops, much stronger than one would expect from the style. Flavor is almost all pine hops, a bit chalky and unbalanced. Needed more malt to support the hops and to keep more to style. I had great expectations for this from the aroma, but the delivery is one-dimensional and though not bad, not exceptional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Poured a medium golden orange color with a small sized, off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus and flowers. The aromas on this one was all hops. Tastes of citrus, grapefruit with a malty note. The hops in the flavors were a lot ísofterí than the aromas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Poured an amber color with a thin, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of raw hops, floral, some pine, and rather grassy. Taste was bitter citrus, some biscuity malt, a touch of lemon, and a grapefruit finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3566) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2005
22oz bottle brought to me by whaleman, hand bottled by Ted Rice. THANK YOU so much Ted and Dave! pours light orange with a nice whispy/soapy white head and spase lacing. hugely citric, floral, piney, resiny, aroma. nice cascade fest here. this beer has over the top bitterness and becomes very "chewed aspirin" tasting in the bitterness quality. as the beer warmed, the citrus of the simcoe and the pineyness of the columbus were both detected seperately. body is pillowy, lite but well rounded. maybe im cured from cancer with this beer? A very cool hop monster of a session ale.

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