TomDecapolis (4540) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to kenb for the trade. Pours a translucent golden amber with an average foamy off white head that left spotty lacing. Aroma of citrus, floral, big caramel malt backbone, lots of candy sweetness. Flavors of various citrus, chewy hops with a nice bitterness, nutty/caramel malt balance. Slightly thing, great fresh hop aroma.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. Bottle. Aroma had both floral and citrus hitting the nose. Dark orange body with off white head. Flavor was a good mix of sweet cherry, oranges when the bitterness is present in the middle till finish. Dry citrus peel atertaste a decent brew.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - MAR 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle (thanks to kyzr) poured a hazy dark copper color with a small off white head. Aroma of fresh citrus hops with a rich malt backing. The flavor had a strong bitterness that was unexpected. The finish had a strong, almost musty hop profile from the use of the fresh hops.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper in color with laced white head. Nose of citrus and cut grass. Flavor is hoppy with a meduim body, finish is sweet. Well balanced apa.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on 2/3/07: Pours a transparent orange copper with a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of fresh earthy piny hops and lightly sweet pale malt. Body starts sweet and slightly toasty pale malty with some earthy bittering hops toward a bittersweet thinner finish. A pretty decent APA, but could have a more assertive grapefruity hoppiness.
bhensonb (11494) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of flowers. Beautiful coppery color with a white head that laces a slight bit. A light version of Lagunitas Lucky #13? Starts with full mouthfeel, floral and citrus flavors/aromas. This is not super hoppy, it’s just hard to find malty sweetness. Good stuff. Really. Beautiful appearance, wonderful flavors.
TheEpeeist (3399) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Cloudy tea with a trace of white head. Orange nose wafts up from a base of grapefruit pith. Lemon-lime; a little sweet, a little bitter. Gentle carb with substantial body for an APA. A nice pale.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mmmm a nice good hoppy beer. Pours nice with a thick white fluffy head. Aroma is sweet with a very bubbly texture after the pour. Flavor is very strong we high quality hops. A very nice brew.
argo0 (11636) - 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 wasn’t 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 doesn’t 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.