GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color. Head was thick and off white with good retention and lacing. Aroma was dominated by flowery hops and malty caramel, but there were also whiffs of grapefruit and sweat. Slightly sweet on the tongue with a strong hop flavor reminiscent of flower blossoms, citrus, and honey. There was also ample malty caramel and I occasionally detected a hint of coconut. Fruity finish with only mild hop bitterness peaking at about 2-3 out of 10. Excellent. Very drinkable beer.
StefanSD (2336) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours a rich translucent copper color with a small white head that lasts a short while.The aroma is strong with citrus--lots of grapefruit and oranges. The flavor is as citrusy as the aroma, there is plenty of grapefruit in the forefront with a bit of biscuit rounding out the sides and biter hops bringing up the rear. The mouthfeel is just a bit on the thin and watery side. The finish is short and a bit uneven with some astringency. Overall: Despite a few flaws it is still a quite enjoyable session beer. Recommended.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an effervescent amber with a tall fizzy/frothy off-white head. Nice aroma of grapefruit rind, a bit of orange, some bitter pine needles and perhaps a touch of sweetness. Flavor is a little sweeter than expected, with toffee balancing out some rather delicate notes of pine and grapefruit. Perhaps this bottle was a little older than it should have been, but I felt the hops were not as present as intended. The flavors were good, but a little more punch would have made this better. But I can only judge as I taste it.
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear burned orange with a big thick off white head that dies rather slow leaving big lacing on the glass. Nose is big ol hops but non abtrusive. Malt peeks out as well. Very tasty. A clean a crisp grapefruity hop that is well balanced and not bittering at all. Refreshing, crisp and smooth in the mouth with a very clean finish. Definition of a session beer
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours orange-amber. Nice cream-colored head. Thick mouthfeel. But that’s where it stops. Unbalance bitterness in the taste. Personally, I like Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale much better.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours clear bright copper with a lacy white head. Sweet aroma of tangerines, pineapple, ginger, caramel. Light body and medium carbonation. My nose said this is a mis-labeled IPA. But the taste is peachy and soft, with almost none of the IPA bitterness. Super-dry, almost woody ginger finish. I’m trying to think of a beer that could convert more people to being hop-heads, and I just can’t think of one. I should have opened this about five minutes after I bought it.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mostly clear amber color with a foamy cream colored head. It is very "green" - the aroma and taste are those distinctive fresh hop earthy tones I have seen in other fresh hops. Rich and hoppy flavor - not tart or overly bitter, but rather smooth and easy to drink.
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 that’s 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 (3524) - 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 (2583) - 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 I’ve 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.