realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - MAR 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle (thanks to kyzr) poured a hazy dark copper color with a small off white head. Aroma of fresh citrus hops with a rich malt backing. The flavor had a strong bitterness that was unexpected. The finish had a strong, almost musty hop profile from the use of the fresh hops.
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper in color with laced white head. Nose of citrus and cut grass. Flavor is hoppy with a meduim body, finish is sweet. Well balanced apa.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on 2/3/07: Pours a transparent orange copper with a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of fresh earthy piny hops and lightly sweet pale malt. Body starts sweet and slightly toasty pale malty with some earthy bittering hops toward a bittersweet thinner finish. A pretty decent APA, but could have a more assertive grapefruity hoppiness.
bhensonb (9817) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of flowers. Beautiful coppery color with a white head that laces a slight bit. A light version of Lagunitas Lucky #13? Starts with full mouthfeel, floral and citrus flavors/aromas. This is not super hoppy, itís just hard to find malty sweetness. Good stuff. Really. Beautiful appearance, wonderful flavors.
TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Cloudy tea with a trace of white head. Orange nose wafts up from a base of grapefruit pith. Lemon-lime; a little sweet, a little bitter. Gentle carb with substantial body for an APA. A nice pale.
rmussman (1584) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mmmm a nice good hoppy beer. Pours nice with a thick white fluffy head. Aroma is sweet with a very bubbly texture after the pour. Flavor is very strong we high quality hops. A very nice brew.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bottle) Lightly hazed amber body topped by medium beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, floral, caramel. Taste seems somewhat muted, medium sweet, orange, some lemon/grapefruit, caramel, light wood. Somewhat dry finish. Watery light-medium body.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
White, bulbous bubbled head is well retained. Mostly clear amber/orange body. Looks similar to how I remember Avery IPA, though that beer wasnít even impressive in appearance. The aroma is at times remarkably fresh. Tangerine, nectarine and light citrus oils, just lovely. I am taken aback by how gentle the aroma is. In this case gentleness doesnít equate to weak or diminutuve, rather pleasing and flirty. A nice sugary sweetness and tinges of yeast round out the nose. Flavor is so floral and sublime. Notes of citrus, pine and malts are blended together adeptly. A nice, subtle drying from mellow bittering hops. Finishes clean and quenching, medium dry and lightly bitter. I recently have come to find much palatial excitement in such "green" but soft pale ales. This beer is a true testament to the ability of the brewer, what fresh hops bring to the table, and of the quality of the ingredients Deschutes is using. This brewery has really stepped it up. My new favorite fresh hop beer.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle via trade with kenb - Thanks! - Pours amber with a short creamy offwhite head that stays briefly then fades back to a ring and leaves very little lace. Aromas of citrus, lemon, orange, and some floral notes. Flavor has a lot of lemon, tangerine, orange, some floral flavor as well. A little caramel and toasted malts there too. Quite hoppy and pleasant. Medium body with lively carbonation and a dry bitter finish. Not too bad at all.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 Bomber with the code 275 094OG on the left lower part of the label, from stoutlover72, consumed on 1/28/07
Bottle conditioned, though fairly well-filtered prior to that, the beer shows a medium-bright copper-peach body with a medium-sized white head that recedes slowly to cover, leaving light lacing in patches, behind. Clarity is high, carbonation is quite profuse in the liquid in small streams.
Very dry nose, extremely so. Lemon-like notes add plenty of bitterness, while hints of tangerine juice and mimosas give a slight sugary edge as the pale malt sugars are lightly felt. Definite toastiness, though not overdone, makes things lightly sour towards the end, while floral notes from the hops are quite heady without being overly bitter or fruity. Interesting. Some soapiness and an almost bubble-gum and lemon note that I associate with crystal hops seems pervasive, as does a plasticy yeast. Definitely lightly phenolic on the end. No alcohol noted, and I enjoyed it, but itís just way too dry and leafy, without enough round or bright flavors to give it more depth. The body seems filtered from the nose, not having that sumptuous, full aroma of solid malt backing.
Hops are definitely well-done to start, with cherries, lemons, tangerines and plenty of floral notes all dancing about. Honey is oddly matched with a bit of grainy, almost biscuit-like character, as the malt flavors pass through. The finish is alive with yeast plastics and a crunchy, diacetyl note of popcorn (not overly buttery or burnt though). Couldnt get passed that. The carbonation is very forceful and dosent seem to settle out easily or provide for a very creamy body, though perhaps that has something to do with the extreme attenuation, light toastiness and filtration. I really feel like I need to try another bottle of this, as I donít see any of this in other reviews (do see the dryness though). Iím not a big fan of crystal hops though, so that may have something to do with it.