HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A middle of the road NW IPA... plenty of fresh hop taste and grapefruit-esque citrus power. Pours lightish amber with non-existent head. Filtered. I’d recommend as a good refreshing IPA, but not an asskicker IPA.
jake65 (2446) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Light amber, orange color with a small foamy head. Aroma is rich with citrus and grapefruit. Taste is fruity and hoppy, more citrus and a bit of cramel. Some maltiness too. Sort a wetter feel as it goes down. Nice and refreshing.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber. This is my favorite of all the fresh hop ales I have had this year. The balance was great. The hops smell and taste as fresh as you would expect. Very well crafted brew.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber oddly capped with a Bell’s cap, very stragne. Beer 9 of the Bartzilla’s Death Metal Beer Tasting 1/12/2007, consumed with many great beer drinkers including Bartzilla, Naven, as well as Lee creator of Arrogant Bastard, and a really cool guy.
This was good and really pretty amazing for a 5.5% abv beer. After consuming a lot of much more high octane stuff this came through strong. Lee nicely commented that if they can create something like this at 5.5 they shoudl brew it all the tiem.
elevators (2) - USA - JAN 8, 2007 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bottle. Pours a nice amber. Citrusy, hoppy but smooth without much of a bite. Light caramel malt aftertaste.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 Pours a light, sparkling amber with a white, fluffy, lasting, nearly full head, leaving nice lacing. Excellent citrus in the nose with grapefruit, tagerine, and faint lemon zest, other notes of resin and floral with some cookie and yeast backing; very green. Similar flavor, grapefruit, tangerine, resin, with a nice sweet cookie and caramel note. Bitterness is subdued until the finish. Palate is moderate carbonation, medium-light body, and a quenching, smooth, fresh, wet feel. Finishes with some bitterness finally, moderate, with sweet citrus adn a very fresh, wet texture. An excellent green, "wet," hopped beer with plenty of hop flavors without all the bitterness. Enticingly drinkable and wonderfully refreshing. A little more bitterness could have been presented, but even still, lovely and pleasant and leaving one to try more.
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber, off-white head. Strong wet hop and citrus aromas. A hint of skunkiness. Mildly bitter grapefruit finish.
Bartzilla (515) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Hamiltons and in bomber up in Nevada City. Super fresh tasting. Pretty hoppy but not overboard. Delicious and easy the best I’ve had from Deschutes.
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2007 Pretty average amber color, white head with very nice lacing. My original review raved about the hop aroma but it just wasn’t there this time. Moderate floral and citrus hops in the aroma, plus some yeastiness. Taste is nice and sweet, very light bitterness along the lines of an APA instead of IPA. Flavor is of sweet caramel, grapefruit/orange citrus, a little buttery, very light and wet on the palate.
vyvvy (3421) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2012 Thanks to Beerdrenched for sharing this one. This was supposedly fresh - you could have fooled me. Pours clear light bronze with a decent off-white head. The aroma has some green hops, household cleaner and ripe red apples. Medium body with lots of sharp spritzy carbonation. The taste starts with the apple and flat musty malts along with some light green hops and a bit of butteriness. The finish has the green hops, but adds woody and cardboard hop flavors. Mediocre. (6/3/5/3/12 - 2.9)
Rerate notes. We finally have Deschutes in STL, so now I can rate with a fresh bottle (as a fresh hop beer should be). Looks the same as original notes. The aroma does have a lot of what was mentioned above, but the cleaner aspect is less and there is a musty malt presence. Palate is the same. Taste has much of what’s above, but the hop presence is bigger with fresh green hops, earth and some grapefruit. As it warms up the hops get more prevalent and harsher which is quite nice. Overall, pretty nice and good to have a fresh hop beer that has a lower abv than most.