TAR (2685) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pale gold. Persistent tiny-bubbled white foam deposits wispy lace. Subdued aromas of hard peach candy, grapefruit zest, gently spicy hops, celery seed, lime, kumquat and grassy pils malt. Lightly husky (toasted wood) with some vitamin B and concrete yeast odors from the yeast. Touch of urine and fusel alcohol, as well. Very soft entry with an oily and grass-clipping hop influx. Deep, resonant oils delay the husky, popcorn-tinged onset of pils malt as they blanket the palate. Invigorating tang from the hops, which deliver an appetizing zing as their acids sizzle on the tongue. Hops aren’t overly bright or expressive, however. Things quickly unravel as the yeast mars the remaining hoppy brightness and muddles the center with a tacky, raw doughiness. Increasingly caustic and unclean at the finish due to the intensifying vitamin B and paintlike yeast coupled with husky malt astringency and grass clipping hops. Many American brewers struggle with pilsner malt, and this is no exception. Very husky with burnt wood and even some popcorn. Deschutes tends to be one of the dirtier breweries around these days, and yet again their yeasty foulness renders this borderline nauseating to choke down. Down the drain she goes.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Pours a semi hazy yellow gold. After the pour you get a pretty pillowy white head that shrinks down to a thin white film. Within the hazy body you will see rising bubbles.
Aroma: Piney fruity hop nose and grain.
Taste: Crackery malt, husky grain, piney hops. Some fruitiness. Long bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied high carbonation.
Overall: This guy didn’t do it for me. I don’t want to say this is THE example of a Pacific Northwest fresh hopped IPA, but I have had my fair share of beers like these that are piney and way malty come out of this area. Points for the bitter finish, but other than that I wouldn’t revisit this.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour is a clear gold color with a moderate, pillowy, white head which is mostly lasting and leaves some frothy lace. The nose is cascade-like with some rustic, light mint, orangey, floral, and light pine; this seemed more like an APA than IPA. The flavor is similar with a more than moderate bitterness, a sweet roll malt base, piney and floral, still some mint notes, light orange, and a light sweat note. The palate is less than medium, very lively, and somewhat creamy. The beer finishes fairly short with some sweat and a lingering rustic and mint note. Not a bad beer but the cascades are way overdone, not much hop depth and a malt base that did not complement the rest of the beer. Almost like a fresher, slightly more bitter Sierra Nevada Pale Ale... Decent but not worth their effort with the fresh Cascades.
J_man (934) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clean, lager-like malt aroma with what seems like a Chardonnay component (would have guessed this was aged in wine casks). Very slightly hazy and a pale golden yellow color. The flavor is much more like a maibock or helles bock than an IPA (especially from the West coast). Very malt forward with smooth caramel and wood notes. The hops are evident but not overtly bitter with a really nice floral and light pine flavor. There is a nice astringent bitterness left behind along with a little honeyed sweetness. Very good and tasty, but not what you’d expect from an IPA.
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, clear straw yellow pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of grass, grain, hints of lemon, wet hop notes, nice zesty and spicy notes as well, but not much aroma there. Taste is a mix of spicy and zesty notes, hints of lemon, grass, earth and yeasty notes, some nice refreshing grainy and white fruit notes, finishing bitter, dry and more spice. Very refreshing, would be perfect for the summer, but not enough hops to make them really stand out.
kathouse (1639) - Nevada, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very pale but clear. The white foam is thin leaving faint aromas of citrus and apple. Bitter apple, citrus, and lemon zest. Malt is not balanced well and bitterness lasts long into the finish. Flavor is good just not proportional.
poisoneddwarf (2296) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours an almost clear bright golden with a medium white head with good retention, leaving lace. Aroma consists of pine, lemon rind, grapefruit. Taste is bittersweet with an emphasis on bitter, but not overly so. Has a biscuity flavor underneath the hoppiness. It definitely tastes fresh. Tasty and straightforward.
doubledbrew (1) - USA - OCT 25, 2012 does not count
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Yellow , straw color super clear, good carbonation white thin head stays. Medium bodied and bright hoppy mid palate tastes. Aroma is grapefruit, grassy. Smooth bitter finish
Beaver (1665) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
22 oz bottle, best by 12/27/12. Pours clear light straw yellow with a medium frothy white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is grainy, slightly vegetal, malts and grassy metallic hops.
The flavor is sweet vegetal biscuity malts with a good sized grassy (slightly minty) bitterness in the finish. There’s a bit of a charred hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, not my cup of tea. Vegetal, biscuity malts with grassy hops.
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pine, earthy, and spicy hops with pilsner malts and a bit of biscuit.
T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit and citrus hops, some bitterness, and some pilsner malts. Through the middle, floral, pine, and spicy hops come through with some more bitterness and some light biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of pilsner malts, some honey, grapefruit, floral, and grassy hops, and some resiny bitterness.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and lightly sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice fresh hop beer. There is just enough malt for balance and it really lets the hops shine.