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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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Like fresh powder, it’s a seize-the-moment kind of thing. This year we’ve chased down Virgil Gamache farms, famed amarillo hops. At harvest, we rush the hops from the vine to our kettles to ensure we capture the purest, juiciest essence of the hop flower in every beer. Enjoy the bright, bold aroma and flavor that comes but once a year


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrymel (1450) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Standard golden with a quick dissipating white cap. Smells sweet with some grain, florals, some orange pith, some grapefruit. Flavor is mildly bitter, but mostly sweet with some more floral character and a little citrus. Medium bodied with limited on moderate carb. Decent beer, but nothing special.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redbeard3 (58) - - DEC 3, 2013
Hazy light gold pour with some yeast in suspension. Clear white head. Strong and distinctive ammarillo hop aroma and flavor. Juicy citrus hops and clean yeast/malt

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2013
I had this on tap at the John B, however it was on a tap that was previously used for Pyramid Apricot, and that fouls the lines, so this isn’t a proper rating.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2391) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Bomber. Pours a hazy straw color with little head and aromas of pineapple, lemon and honey. Flavor is that. Pineapple, honey and lemon. Nothing more, nothing less. Mouthfeel is a little undercarbonated and it doesn’t move around or develop across the palate much. Good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bubbleflubber (1712) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Pours a honey-golden into the glass, with a thick white head that leaves cascading ring lace down the glass. Fresh earthy citrus hop aromas. There exists a nice balance between tangerines, a melon earthiness and a peppery spruce-pine hop backing finish that collectively emboldens the flavor palate without "taking over" any portion of it. Everything about this brew exists as an expert balance between contingencies. The body is light but substantive, the palate is active, yet smooth, and the mouthfeel is complex, yet aerated. The beer version (and reminiscent) of a great Chardonnay, this offering stands as "the example" of a perfectly integrated IPA. Just superb!!!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GJF (1203) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Lovely beer. Bomber at Lincoln Wine Bar. Tons of hop aroma. Pours straw color, thin white head. Lots of citrus flavor. Sharp, bright beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mongo1965 (15) - Albertville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Nice golden coloring with a decent head. The fresh hop aroma was wonderful Great mouthfeel with bright floral and citrus notes

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner (1076) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Nice freshhopper! Lots of pine in the nose, finishes clean. Pours a straw yellow with some, but not a lot, of head.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cstuartj (930) - Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2013
on tap, pours a very clear yellow, almost like a Bud, nice head, laces well. Great nose, hops, citrus, pine. big bold hop flower attack, bitter middle, dry finish. damn good.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GriffDaddy (48) - - NOV 26, 2013
Very, very nice. Yellow, straw colored pour. Light head, aroma is much lighter than expected. Hop-centric beers I expect to have a powerful smell but this was much more restrained and delicate. Sort of like the taste, which was relatively light, a bit sweet, lemony, hint of pine. Thick malty backbone, a lot going on here. Expecting a hop bomb and getting a rich, balanced, highly enjoyable beer. No piney, resiny, oily aftertaste, just a pleasant lasting bitterness. Nicely done. Would I drink again? absolutely. Would I order again? n/a, but definitely yes.


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