ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Bottle - Pours lt brown with a decent head, massive lacing...aroma is all hop piney resin and light citrus, flavour is nice and bitter, I love how the fresh hop ales don’t throw in gratuitous malts to overwhelm...nice change, good strong hop brew...
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange, off white head. Aroma is subdued citrus hops, touch of malt. Flavor is hops, citrus and pine. Not overpowering, bitterness is very mild.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Orange amber color with a sticky head and some sediment in the last pour. malty aroma for the most part, but a nice citric hop quality blends in the background, despite this being way beyond the age where you would expect the fresh hops to still make an impact. The flavor is a clean, fruity maltiness with a little hop balance. Almost falls on the less hoppy English side after all these months. Nice fruitiness adds character. This is definitely an elegant pale ale. Tastes quite malty and balanced with the time that has elapsed since last fall’s hop harvest, but still quite nice. I’ll definitely be getting some of this fresh when it comes out again.
Nik925 (783) - USA - JUN 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dry n crisp. Hop flavor grows during the sip minimal bitterness great flavor. Great red color. A great brewery doing a fresh hop is a recipe for success.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Typical IPA color with nice head. Nose of sweet malt, pine and floral hops...subtle though. Hops are fresh and more floral than on the nose, with rich hop feeling in the middle of the tasting. Finishes somewhat bitter, but in a nice balanced style.
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I very much enjoyed this, probably because it really hit the spot. Fresh hopy, citrus, pine, and caramel aroma. Not bitter, but very smooth and refreshing. Lots of fresh hop flavor, caramel, orange, pine and citrusvery nice!
blankboy (7044) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My bottle (22oz) shared with tupalev & GregClow -- courtesy of Kevin. Pours a hazy orange-amber with a large diminishing frothy white head. Big resiny hop aroma (fruity, floral and grassy!) along with caramel malt and some bread and toffee notes. Flavour follows the aroma and though it’s not as hoppy as I thought it would be based on the aroma, it’s very drinkable and quite tasty. Medium bodied. This is just so easy to drink, I could easily put down a few bombers of this.
DuffMan (8801) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright orange, slightly hazy. Very fruity aroma, kumquat, lychee. Sweet malt, fruity and flowery hops, medium bitter finish. Refreshing and flavourful.
elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bomber bottle. Pours an apricot color with a rocky cream head. Smells of rich pine, orange and grapefruit. Very nice! Features light carbonation, and the palate is light-medium in thickness. Very fresh taste of hops, orange marmalade, and some caramel malt. Finishes lightly bitter and dry. I thought the flavors could have been a little stronger, but overall this is quite enjoyable.
GregClow (3067) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with tupalev and blankboy, courtesy of blankboy. Orange-amber with a large head. Big hoppy aroma - floral, candyish, tea-like, really nice. Medium bodied. Well-balanced flavour with some nice orange and tea notes from the hops. Really solid brew.