GarrettB (1018) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
August 24th, 2012 - I confess, I didn’t know we grew a lot of hops in Colorado. I don’t even know if hops grows (well) in Colorado, but the story behind Copper Kettle’s Fresh Hop #9 says it does. Made with lovingly tended homegrown hops, this pale ale is as engaging as the Copper Kettle brews that have come before it. The nose is deeply engaging and fascinating. It’s thick with a rich caramel note, but also with a heavy dusting of graham cracker dust - scents I’ve never stumbled upon quite as strongly in an APA before. The taste reflects the aroma’s caramel flavor, but less sweet, and the hop profile is nuanced, bitter, well balanced, and plays perfectly with the other tastes. I often feel a sinking feeling when I move from lighter beers like wheats and hefeweizens down to the pale ales in a taster line, but Copper Kettle’s beers are keeping up the pace - good across the first half of the board.
DiarmaidBHK (3386) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at Taproom. Pours orange with a thin head. Slight citrus note on the nose. Slighter citrus note on the tongue. A little watery. Eh!
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewpub September 2012-I have to say cool store on this beer. The waitress here at this place was so sweet and cute! Pours lite copper hue with a small soapy white head. nose is brittish somewhat lots of earthy hop character and caramel malt is big here-resinous eathy- its cool yet different-wish it didnt have that diacytl.
arminjewell (6154) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark orange red pour with white head, aroma has notes of wet dank grass, pine, biscuit, bready notes, some slight caramel, hints of orange and marijuana notes. Taste is some dank notes but pretty restrained, hints of biscuit, bread, some dark orange and grapefruit notes, finishing fairly bitter, slightly sweet.
notalush (4823) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at CK - hazy dark copper - minimal, soapy head - aroma of Biscuity malt, lightly floral hops - kind of dull in the nose, really - the flavor is a little more lively, but not by much - carbonation is low, almost cask-like - sort of a dull, bready flavor up front - a little clean sweetness - a light bit of diacetyl - earthy hop flavor, but not a lot of bitterness - at least not until the finish, which finally begins to jump out with the zesty, peppery hoppiness you expect from a fresh hop ale - sadly, it is a case of too little too late, though - not bad, but could have been so much more.
onceblind (4014) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
hazy bright copper without a lot of head. Aroma a little faint, but there is some honey laced caramel, without any detectable hops. Delightful sweet flavor of caramalt, subtle floral hoppiness, very mild bitterness ending sweet and caramelly. Not bad, just a little simple.