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 (532) - La Mesa, 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 (3904) - 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.
hayduke (3323) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2006 Got thiis 22 oz bottle from the non-refrigerateed section of my local COOP. This always makes me nervous because you never know what that can do to the brew. Poured a beautiful rich copper with a large size head. Lacing was pretty good. Nose was a combination of hops and citrus and very nice. Mouthfeel was decent. Flavor was of hops, carmel, fruit, flowers, and pine. Very complex flavors. Starts out good and gets better as you go. Fantastic finish. An outstanding APA.
Terminus (3229) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle-thanks to Ernest for the bottle-pours clear deep orange with a small white soapy head. aroma is of carmel red apples. Smells very odd for a fresh hop ale if you ask me. some light buttery diaceytl in there as well, which shows up on the flavors even moreso. finish is resinous with some dryness/pine. really not very complex and definately not what i was expecting from this good brewery. body is lacking complexity but has a decent medium palate. This was a major let down, especially since this beer was on my want list.
waolsen (1353) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. copper pour with frothy off white head. citrus hop aroma is mild but very clean and crisp. citrus and floral palate. Hops have a very unique taste. tart and slightly sour. caramel malts counter. almost a soapy quality. Would like it better if had more carbonation.
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Fort Wayne Tasting and courtesy of jsquire. Ivory small head that mostly diminished, minimal lacing, transparent, no visible carbonation, and an orange hue. Caramel, hops, oranges, sweet, and pine nose. Flavor was sweet, pine, malty, caramel, citrus and oranges. Slightly tingly mouthfeel. Light-medium body. Worthy of a try.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours to a nice glowing caramel amber body with a creamy white head. The aroma is very nice. Sweet and bitter grapefruit, nice tropical fruits like papaya and mango. The flavor is buttery toast, intense toffee and caramel, nice pine hops. I like the flavor, but its a little too intense on the buttery malts. The palate is creamy and buttery with a nice bitterness and deep toastyness.
MIBRomeo (2541) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
lightly coppered color amber pour w/ some great rapid carbonation and a full white head w/ some thick lacing. Very fruity aroma some passion fruit some other tropical fruits some definate citrus notes a good amount of carmel and even a hint of cereal. Palate is well coated and lightly creamy. Flavor is extremly well blended and nicely complex. Lots of fruits definate tropical fruit notes and some light citrus as well, a good amount of carmel from an apa as well. This is easily the best APA I’ve ever tasted.