illidurit (2245) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Poured from the tap into a nonic. Dark gold/amber color, ivory one finger head. Good lacing.
Sweet citrus and floral hops fill the nose. A very explosive fresh hop aroma.
Taste echoes the smell with sweet orangey hops, wet pine needles, flowery hops, biscuity malt. Not really any bitterness to speak of. Very very tasty.
Carbonation is great and the body is between thin and medium. Smooth and pleasant.
Extremely drinkable with its low alcohol and sweet, accessible, and enticing fresh hop flavor.
Much better than from the bottle, the tapped version of this beer ranks near my absolute favorite APA of all time: Alesmith X.
kramer (5428) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle, via kenb. Pours a clear orangish copper with a nice one finger creamy off-white head that left some intricate lacing. A nice fresh lively hop nose greets me from a foot away. Nice and floral smelling with lighter touches of tangerine and orange zest. A good bit of toasted and lightly caramel malt as well. A pretty full nose for an APA. The flavor is nicely hoppy and floral with minimal bitterness and a light toasted crackery malt base. Lingering leafy hop finish with some grassy notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied with nice fine fizzy carbonation that kept it feeling lively yet not overcarbonated. A pretty darn aggressive beer for "just" an APA. This shoots right into my top 5 APAs, delicious.
troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounces. This is a beer that I was lucky enough to stumble upon. It has an orange body, a creamy and frothy off-white head that lasts for quite some time, and average carbonation. The aroma is of flowers and light citrus (orange) with a hint of apple and pear. The flavor is good and hoppy, but not overpowering. I was expecting more hop and bitterness than I received. The flavor is somewhere between an American Pale Ale and an India Pale Ale in terms of hoppiness. The flavor is both sweet and bitter on the initial flavor as well as the finish. As Hop Trip warms, a faint maltiness and smidgen of brown sugar become more apparent.
The wife made broiled honey-lime salmon fillets with scallions to accompany this. The taste of the salmon was somewhat understated, which was a good match for the ale. Neither the ale nor the salmon overpowered the other. All in all, a good ale and a good meal.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from BevMo Carmel Mountain. The best pale I’ve ever had hands down. Pours a beautiful burnt orange amber with an off white head and great lacing. Amazing nose on this beer, aromas of lemon, grapefruit, pear, grass, pine and coriander. Medium bodied with a great balance of hops and malt.
boisebrewer (8) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 10, 2008 does not count
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really nice aroma, citrus, pear, definitely my favorite part of the beer. Nice copper color, not quite as clear as I would like, with a long lasting white head of foam. Hop flavor dominates at the beginning, but seems to fade into a nice malt flavor as the beer warms. Moderate body and carbonation. A good drinker, but I dont think it quite lived up to the hype of its label.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Opaque orange pour with some white head. Light hop aroma of guava and apples. Flavor is composed of sweet malt, slightly earthy malt, a pinch of grassy hops, apples and tropical fruit. Like a typical APA with the addition of very nice and fruity hopping.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy copper, with a two-inch white, frothy, head.
The retention lingers, and slowly reveals plenty of webbed lacework.
Aromatics are still fresh and somewhat green.
Plenty of tropical grassyness with some sweet malt to balance.
Powdered mangoe, pineapple, and orange pulp.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Carbonation is medium.
The pallet is somewhat tame but incredible drinkable. Alcohol is nonexsistant, and the hops are somewhat subdued. The fruit is great, and the brew is quite dry and snappy.
Peachy and citrus-laden, with light malt and balancing bitterness.
Finishes quick and leaves you wanting more and more.
A pitcher would be gone in no-time with a good pizza.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color. Head was thick and off white with good retention and lacing. Aroma was dominated by flowery hops and malty caramel, but there were also whiffs of grapefruit and sweat. Slightly sweet on the tongue with a strong hop flavor reminiscent of flower blossoms, citrus, and honey. There was also ample malty caramel and I occasionally detected a hint of coconut. Fruity finish with only mild hop bitterness peaking at about 2-3 out of 10. Excellent. Very drinkable beer.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours a rich translucent copper color with a small white head that lasts a short while.The aroma is strong with citrus--lots of grapefruit and oranges. The flavor is as citrusy as the aroma, there is plenty of grapefruit in the forefront with a bit of biscuit rounding out the sides and biter hops bringing up the rear. The mouthfeel is just a bit on the thin and watery side. The finish is short and a bit uneven with some astringency. Overall: Despite a few flaws it is still a quite enjoyable session beer. Recommended.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an effervescent amber with a tall fizzy/frothy off-white head. Nice aroma of grapefruit rind, a bit of orange, some bitter pine needles and perhaps a touch of sweetness. Flavor is a little sweeter than expected, with toffee balancing out some rather delicate notes of pine and grapefruit. Perhaps this bottle was a little older than it should have been, but I felt the hops were not as present as intended. The flavors were good, but a little more punch would have made this better. But I can only judge as I taste it.