superspak (1892) - Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/27/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense bright white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, lemon, herbal, floral, grass, pineapple, mango, light citrus rind, and light pine spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance, but they are pretty muted for an IPA. Fairly dank smelling as well. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, citrus rind, grass, lemon, herbal, floral, caramel, bread, pineapple, and light piney spiciness. Fair amount of earthy citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus rind, herbal, grass, floral, bread, and piney spiciness on the finish for a bit. Nice hop flavor complexity with a very nice hop/malt balance; very nice balance of bitterness/sweetness as well; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Not as bold as I was hoping for in a fresh hop ale, but the flavors are very nice. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice wet hopped IPA. Not as boldly hoppy as some IPAs, but this has a lot of nice balance and hop flavor complexity; and is very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine - pours a slightly hazy golden color with a half finger thick white head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is herbal and pine hops. Flavor is fruity esters, citrus, pine, and herbal hops with a touch of malt sweetness in the background. Surprisingly smooth finish. Medium body. It tastes better than it smells.
manuchampions (1219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very light yellow with a thin white head. Aroma of lemony hops, some citrus. Taste is more assertive in bitterness with more floral notes punching through. Malt is subdued. Finish is light, fresh and bitter. Enjoyable.
piscator34 (1844) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sample. Pale gold in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are a bit odd, with notes of rounded pale malt, cherry pit, and dank basement. Sweetish pale malt upfront on the palate, followed by kumquat, lime pith, and white pepper. Medium bodied, with moderate bitterness. Not bad, but somehow a little off.
Thisis12ptfont (708) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Odd funk/corn aroma. Yellowish gold color with no foam. Flavor is more fufilling than the aroma & color. Slightly bitter hops with a spunky caramel/bread malt. Overall, decent ipa. A little disappointing. Iíd give this a C rating.
pdx77 (765) - Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2013 Bottle on 11/13/12. Light golden in color. Definitely a fresh, hoppy taste but wanted a little more flavor. Good, but not my favorite of Deschutes? fresh hop offerings for 2012. On draught at Deschutes Brewery & Public House for 2013 version. Aroma is citrus and tropical fruit fresh hops. Taste is fresh slightly bitter citrus and passion fruit. Still lighter bodied, but enjoyed it more this year. Note: 2013 version had Amarillo hops from Virgil Gamache Farms.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poor looking,hazy gold, fast fading white head.Neutral nose.Somewhat tart citrus hop profile. Medium hop finish,and medium body.
Sammer (964) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Taste is straw, light hops, wood and malt. Decent, but nothing spectacular.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at my 30th Birthday Tasting. From my 3 Fonteinen tumbler. Pours very pale yellow, with a green cast - So far, so good! Thin white head, spotty lacing. Nose is lemon-pepper, big spice; Flavours are lemon dish detergent, cotton candy, and cheese. Not a fan.
Sammy (7708) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Whole Foods Tap Room in Santa Rosa. Yellow, lacey with a lace head. Good hops and very nice IPA Hop aromas. Average mouthfeel at best.