brianprentiss (690) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2008 I wanted to like this beer more because I love just about every Deschutes beer. This one was just a bit screwy.
Re-rate: I must have gotten a bad bottle, I tried again and it was MUCH better.
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Great hop aroma. Nice cloudy orange brown pour with white head. Nice body and palatte, but not over the top. Nicely done.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber. fresh hops are great - and this beer delivers on the fresh hop theory. Pours a deep golden / orange with a huge 3 finger white head. Nice subtle hop aroma. Huge presence on the palate... nice big hoppy body with a thick sticky finish. Some orange notes in there too. Overall a very crisp, fresh clean APA... not over the top, very well balanced and put together. Wish I could get Deschutes in GA.
uhclem (417) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy honey color with a substantial head. Lacing is pedestrian. This is a tricky ale to rate - the hops are subdued but blend very nicely with the malt. The low alcohol content also serves to keep this in balance. Silky mouthfeel. Aftertaste is dusty - but in a good way.
junon (430) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2008 Hmm. Im editing this. Something strange is going on. Tasting this beer again a couple weeks later and its totally different. Thinks my palate is jacked.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from Port Carlsbad Bottle shop: Murky reddish-orange amber color with a medium eggshell white head. Aroma is tropical fruit and citrus. Flavor starts fruity sweet with orange and apricot followed by a light citrus bitterness and a smooth, light dry finish. Medium bodied and tangy with lively carbonation.
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured from 22oz. bottle into a pint glass, thanks to tayner for the trade (drank 2/8/08)
A: Nice golden orange color, pours very cloudy with a 2-finger frothy white head, which immediately begins to leave trickles of sticky lacing.
S: Hoppy! Smells so crisp and refreshing, with loads of orangey citrus scents coupled with notes of floral hops too. A light bready, biscuity malt backbone makes itself known too.
T/M: My initial thought was that this was possibly past its prime, as the flavors were the opposite of the aroma; the malts were right up front. But as I made my way through the bottle, the hops punched through and complemented the malts perfectly, dishing out ample juiciness. The beer isn’t as carbonated as I would like, but is very oily and slick, still feels really good in the mouth.
D: This beer was really easy to drink, if I could get it on the east coast, it’d be a regular purchase of mine.
Delirium (645) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours dark orange-amber with a large lasting white head. Aroma is citrus hops, with semi-sweet orange predominating and floral hints, plus a bit of caramel malt. Flavor is the same semi-sweet orange, slightly resiny, moving to a more bitter hoppy finish, with caramel malt in the middle. Fairly straightforward, but an excellently crafted and enjoyable APA, with what actually is a nice fresh hop aroma and flavor.
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I would drink it again, but it is surprisingly uncomplicated as the pints stack up. Wonderful scents and tastes of apple, orange and bottom notes of sweetgrass.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (22oz). Cloudy deep orange-amber pour with a large lasting fizzy-frothy beige head. Pleasant floral hop aroma, lightly sweet malt - when I sipped it, I thought dry-hopped herbal green iced tea, very lightly sweetened. Light and soft mouthfeel, oh-so-gentle astringency and mild carbonation, and it finishes dry and sweet. Not much to say - damned tasty though.