cladinshadows (46) - USA - OCT 15, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle. In the glass this beer appears very pale gold/dark straw with brilliant white head. The aroma is mainly doughy, sweet malt with a hint of hops that I canít be sure Iím not just imagining because I know this is a fresh hop beer. Flavor is mainly very sweet malt (almost pilsner-like) and the fresh hop flavor finally comes in subtly at the finish as a grassy, resinous spice. Mouth feel is medium, and might be more appropriate if this beer had more substantial bitterness. Instead it enhances the overall sweet, malty (and, sadly, one dimensional) impression. Maybe Deschutes was expecting more bitterness from their first crop of heirloom Cascade, but this beer is not working as an IPA, and lacks the hop emphasis needed for a good fresh hop beer.
slowrunner77 (6729) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mellow IPA in color and feel, but the flavor and aroma are just so hopaliciosly pleasant. Although 7.4%, it does give the impression of being more pale ale than IPA. Not aggressive in any way, but the late additions of fresh hops make it fruity and grassy without being as bitter as is the norm. Seriously sessionable and very good. The one thing that pissed us off is that we just got this beer in Reno yesterday...half way from the bottling date to the expiration date...and itís a bleeping fresh hop beer. Would have been great 6 weeks ago."
brewcrew2002 (89) - USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad beer. Had this one with a friend at Reds Ale House! A very nice IPA, with a smooth Drinkable finish.
harrymel (1550) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Best by 27DEC12
Pours golden on pilsner straw with a solid sheet of fine whites. Smells fruity with some resin, grass and green grape. Flavor is grainy and nearly like a pilsner with a dry stony bitterness and only a bit of resin character. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a slick finish. This would be a great beer if marketed as a bohemian pilsner, but IPA, not a chance.
Serving type: bottle
vtafro (4504) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Golden pour with white head. Aroma is light crisp hop and into of malt. Flavor is comparable to prima pils or sunshine pils, nice light but not overbearing.
DocLock (8397) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Caponeís. Pours turbid canary gold with 2-finger white head. Nose is fresh wet hops, pale malt, citrus. Tastes resiny hoppy, with a lot of pineapple and grapefruit flavor, an overall dryness, and some finishing white peppery spice notes. Very good.
Storm_Shadow (116) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours clear gold with a small white head. I found something in the aroma strange. Perhaps a bit grassy ? Finishes hoppy and malty.
stantheman (725) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at St Augustineís on The Drive in Vancouver. A very pale, crisp and refreshing IPA. Not particularly seasonal for late October, but a damn nice easy-drinking IPA anyhow. 3.5
commonshawn (607) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2013
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Clear gold. Little aroma with maybe a little sweetness. Great lacing. Some initial hoppiness, then a bit of a clean malty sweetness. Very crisp. Well done.
beertholomeus (1112) - California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pale golden color with white head. Citrus, pine, honey, floral, hop and malt aroma. Citrus, floral, honey and pine flavors. Medium light body and a floral finish.
viyh (73) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - OCT 8, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really like this beer! Nice and light golden hue, but packs a bit, fruity aroma punch. Nice and hoppy, good amount of bitters, just enough to boost the powerful tropical punch, pine, and pineapple aroma. There is so much of this fruity/flower aroma that it makes the beer sweet. This is a complex and great tasting IPA that I would drink over and over.