hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle… Clear, brilliant amber ale with a large, frothy, white head. Excellent retention. The nose provides underlying notes of toast and biscuit masked by piney, woody Simcoe hops. Light-bodied with modest carbonation. The flavor is well-balanced and refreshing with moderate, seemingly fresh hop bitterness. Finishes crisp and dry. Bottle courtesy of Elliesbrown!
Drake (10507) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on draft at the brewery. Pours a hazy brown color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of big citrus hops, some herbal notes, caramel malts. The taste is citrus and earthy hops, some tropical notes and caramel malts. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness, well balanced.
jtclockwork (10818) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark reddish amber with off white/tan head. Nose/taste of pine, resin, tree sap, caramel malts, biscuit and splashes of citrus. Medium body. Finishes dry with resin and tree sap.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wee man growler from Whole Foods, Greenville, SC. Glad I wandered around while my sammich was being made. This is a very hoppy amber indeed, which is all to the good. Semi-cloudy pour, dark bronze with a nice brimming head. Nose is bright floral hops with hints of caramel and rind. Nice full body, just enough carbonation to bring out the huge Simcoe flavors. Very enjoyable.