Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2009 Aroma is yeast and pine - pours cloudy amber with a tan head into a half yard. Flavor is not unlike an IPA - very hoppy and very piney. Hops dominate the flavor, with little malt to balance - but thatís OK. The hops are good. Distinctive bread flavor.
2008: Slightly musty bready aroma on pour. Nice hop bite - not sure why this is an APA and not an IPA. There is enough hop here to make it so.
2009: more up to its stylename - definitely an APA but no less hops. This one has the body of an APA, with the florals of an IIPA. Very good.
alexanderj (3385) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; poured an oranbe-amber with an off white head. Aroma was good; sweet caramel, fresh citrus hops and yeast. Fresh and clean taste; palate was almost too thin, but it worked well. I would have liked just a little more hop bitterness in the finish. Caramel malt base was solid, with a dash of sweetness. Some fruit juice aspects throughout the flavor. Hop taste was of citrus, flowers and a really nice grass presence. Last fresh/wet hop beer of the year for me, and this one measured up well. Good sessionable brew.
lb4lb (2570) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2008 Amber pour that is mostly transluscent and slightly hazed. Small nice beige head. Smell is grassy, green hops, and somewhat mild actually for what I was expecting. Some big notes of oranges, citrus, are evident. Creamy body, with light carbonation. Refreshing citrusy sweet hop mix, that is far sweeter than any fresh hop beer Iíve had. Exceptionally smooth, and almost demands a bit more bittering hops to balance the smooth juice like body and sweetness. Very easy drinking but a bit too sweet towards the end, I found. Still a nice wet hopped beer.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle from Bevmo. Hazy amber with creamy white head. Citrus and hoppy aroma. Clean citrus and bread taste with a floral finish.
Dogbrick (9118) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Homerwantsbeer for sharing a bottle. This brew is a hazy orange-amber color with a medium off-white head that has decent retention. Stringy lacing. Hops and fruit in the nose, with a touch of pine. Medium-bodied with a soft hops character. Floral and grassy notes as well, plus malt and spice in the background. The finish is moderately hoppy and lingering. Overall this is a tasty and refreshing APA.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hamiltons. Pours with a red body topped by a thin to medium thick off-white head with a good amount of lacing. Itís slightly sweet yet hoppy and bitter with a nice fresh, green hoppiness full of subtle pine notes and a little grassiness. The aroma has a slight grainy note to it. Light to medium bodied, crisp and smooth.
Suttree (5396) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bottleoworks. Coppery orange, very little head. Killer aroma of big, fresh, floral hops. Floral and fruity, earthy and woodsy the aroma pretty much runs the gamut of hop aromas. Flavor is even better, with hop fresh hop flavors dominating. A little on the thin side, which I like in this type of beer. Dry, surprisingly clean finish. I really enjoyed this and wish I had more.
jrob21 (2823) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Samurai Artist. This starts out like any great ipa with a clear copper color and a lasting white head. Grapefruit, straw, and a little bit oí funk in the aroma. Flavor is hop forward with a bit of body and bitterness on the backside. I am a big fan of these beers right now so Iím a little biased. Even though itís a bit one dimensional with the hops, itís a fabulous dimension.
FlagstoneHill (214) - Erie, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at the falling rock tap house (denver)
Ap: 3 slightly hazy, dk orange w/ small off-white head.
Ar: 7 Malty, carmelly with floral hop notes.
Fl: 7 Great hop bitterness up front. Malty notes in the finish.
Pa: 3 Med Body, lt carbonation.
OA: 17Very nice beer, good hop character.
robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pour is a cloudy amber with a tint of orange, nice creamy egg-shell head, good lacing.
smell is faint, somewhat hoppy, touch of citrus, and maybe a few roasted nuts thrown in, sorta creamy on the back-end.
taste is malty, light grapefruit, tingy on the tip of the tongue, bitter in the end.