Beaver (1159) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a golden orange with a white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film. There’s tons of yeasties at the bottom of the bottle.
The aroma is bready malts, melon and a little pine. Nice, but it’s a bit subdued though.
The flavor is some sweet malts and fruit that is quickly overtaken by a huge harsh, almost tarry, hop bitterness that lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.
Overall, a huge hop bomb. This is one of the most bitter beers I’ve had. It’s completely unbalanced and a bit too over the top for me. Reminds me of the Hopsickle and Blind Pig that I’ve had recently - one dimensional hop bombs with harsh and abrasive charred/charcoal/tar hop bitterness.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with an averaged to larger sized off white head. The hops hit my nose as soon as I popped this one open. Aromas of pine, citrus, floral, pineapples, tropical fruits, and light caramel. Tastes of citrus, oranges, piney, and a nice grapefruit bitter finish. Caramel there too. Started out lightly sweet and ended nicely bitter. Very nice surprise!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, courtesy SoLan. A hazy, tangerine-golden body is topped with a quick, foamy, off-white head. Minimal, soapy lacing marks the glass. The aroma is massively hoppy, sharp grapefruit, lemon, and orange zest showing alongside pale, bready malts and a hint of toffee. The flavor is intensely bitter, raw grapefruit and lemon rinds coming to mind. A lightly sweet, biscuity malt profile takes a bit of the edge off, but there is no mistaking the bitter hop dominance. Medium bodied, with balanced carbonation, the dry, astringent finish is a major flaw. I like the initial direction of this hop bomb, but the astringency is just too much to handle.
Ernest (5864) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially large, frothy, white, fully lasting.
Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, herbs, flowers), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough), with notes of lemon peel, pepper, gum, light notes of juniper berry, green grape, and sulfur.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Quite a surprise. Bottle conditioning is probably the reason for the wealth of subtlety in this sample; it’s quite likely I wouldn’t like this nearly as much when extremely fresh. The hop character does involve the usual green, resinous hop stink, and I dislike the raw yeast character (Pacman is always kinda dull and doughy), but there’s an awful lot going on besides those notes that really rocks me. Beautiful big lasting head, nice hazy "live" appearance, very good flavor balance (only slightly abrasive...thankfully not too citric despite the origin), velvety mouthfeel, etc. Pretty much everything about it is spot on. I’m not a big fan of Rogue, but this one (at least in bottle conditioned form) is excellent. Seriously, the esters and phenols going on in this remind me of some Belgian golden ales. In a country awash in one-dimensional hop bombs, this is truly a ray of hope.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle) Cloudy amber with medium, rocky off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, floral/orange, some grapefruit, light bread. Taste is moderately sweet, orange/floral, some grapefruit, peach, some bread. Lots of bitterness, with nice complementary maltiness. Medium body, some chewiness.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the bottle this pours as a yeasty mess, lots of sediment, and I poured as carefully as I could. Murky orange/amber boxy with a tall white head. The murkiness gets in the flavor, sort of yeasty slurry bitterness. The hops are floral and strong, big grapefruit character, seems to have picked up some diacytel. Very bitter finish, emphasized by the yeasty flavor, fairly sharp, probably very nice when fresh on tap, but this was sort of a mess of an IPA.
TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Misty olive orange with a big, fluffy white head. Nose is melon, dough, orange and cat pee. Medium light, resiny with mild carb. Taste is orange peel and toasted caramel with increasing bitter pine. Finish a bit metallic but overall, pretty good.
BrewDad (4493) - Olympia, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz Bomber - Beachcomber Bottle Shop - Florence, OR
Aroma – Huge IPA aroma tons of floral and citrus hops.
Appearance – Gold in color, thin head and hazy.
Flavor – Once again huge IPA flavor goes with the nose. This beer had more hops than some brewers use in an entire batch. Huge IPA flavor. Too much for me. Nice malt flavor with a good hops balance.
Palate – Nice Mouthfeel, Hops/yeast like texture with a dry hoppy finish.
Overall – Huge IPA flavor way too much this was a killer and I could not drink it all it was way over the top or I got the bottle that was stuck in the hop vat before bottling. I am sure some like it but this was not that good.
EithCubes (4404) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, $6 here in Bloomington. Nose drenched with citrus (more resinous pineapple and orange rind, but also lemon and lychee), some caramel and bread underneath, and hearty pine needles. Very nice hop profile. A little dusty. Hazy golden pour with orange highlights and a rocky beige head. Strongly bitter taste with lots of orange peel and bread, the Pacman also strong, above the light bread and grain. Dry and musty with freshly squirted citrus on top (grapefruit having moved in to assume dominance, now a touch of muskmelon, too). Earthy caramel and pine. Hops clearly favored over the subtle, warm malt (and I think this is the first time I’ve had Horizon). Lightish body, smooth and creamy with almost no grit, aftertaste and finish still very dry and soaked in hops. Haven’t felt this excited about an IPA since last year’s batch of harvest ales. Holy moly, I need this on tap, now!
sloth (2337) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice pour, nice head, nice sticky lace. Big hoppy nose, piney, citrusy, earthy and pungent. Full bodied and chewy. Aggressive hopping with solid malt backing. Dry, big, bitter finish. A solid IPA. Nice.