argo0 (11163) - 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 (3734) - 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.
duffman462 (173) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy amber. Nose is very earthy, with notes of pine and fresh grass. Soft, mildly sweet malt body is balanced by some nice, elegant hopping. This beer shows exceptional balance. WIsh I could make it my daily brew.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear golden amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma was hoppy with notes of pine and flowers then turning to caramel and pine. The pine lasted even after the caramel. The flavor was malty and sweet with some more piney and floral hops. Some acidity. Moderate hop bitterness and mildly sweet on the finish. Medium bodied.
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Second Fresh Hop this weekend. Pours a hazy orange, coppery color with a small cream colored head. After head fades lacing is present. Some caramel and definitely citrus flavors present. This beer is different and slightly better than the other Fresh Hop beer this weekend. Wish it was easier to get in my state.
Tmoney99 (9949) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at the Dilly Deli. Deep amber with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with great lacing. Moderate smooth citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Moderate balanced bittersweet flavor with a smooth bitter finish of average duration. Solid drinkable brew.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
i love how people are rating this down as an IPA....this is a pale ale, and i thought an excellent version of one. a little more malty and sweet than i expected but nicely balanced with the hops. this was a very nice session type hop beer. not one that after one or two has blown your taste buds to hell.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy orange with moderate amount of medium-fine lacing. Interesting cologne-like hoppy aroma. Woody, musky, lightly citrusy compared to other American hops. Fairly sweet body with light caramel and moderate floral hoppiness. A bit sweet for my tastes. Finishes moderately hoppiness, not too much bitterness. Pleasant, but perhaps not quite up to the acclaim.