tastybeer (1739) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours gold, big white head, some retention/lace. Aroma is melon/piney hops, caramel. Taste is very bitter, pine/melon/citrus hops, caramel malt sweetness. Palate is crisp, oily, bitter finish. I’m guessing an older keg.
lamas (1367) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Best by date on the side: 02/03/15. A slightly hazy amber pour with a smallish beige head. Loads of pungent pink grapefruits, resiny pine, zesty citrus rinds, mild candi sugar, and light caramel in the mouth-watering aroma. Medium to full-bodied and slightly syrupy on the way down. A mild caramel maltiness and some slight candi sugar upfront in the taste. Kinda spicy. Grapefruits and zesty citrus rinds abound at the end. Resiny as hell! Not too much alcohol warmth given the 10% ABV. Great stuff.
stevoj (2257) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask offering @ Churchkey. Smooth and velvety, creamy head. Taste much stronger than aroma, but nice piney bitterness, finish fades fast, but extra points for texture.
Darkmagus82 (1742) - - OCT 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with an almost orange like hue. Upon pouring there was a two finger white head that faded relatively fast to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma was bready and malty with a fruity smell being mainly of tropical fruits of tangerine, mango, and pineapple; but also containing some nice notes of apricot and peach. Along with the fruit and bready aromas comes hop smells of a light grapefruit smell as well as a decent showing or a grassy aroma. A little bit of a yeasty smell is there as well producing a rather nice sweet and fruited, lightly hopped aroma overall.
Taste –The taste begins with a doughy and slightly bready flavor with tons of sweeter tropical fruit tastes of a tangerine and mango nature. Soon after the initial taste, even more fruitiness comes to the tongue with the apricot and peach as well as a bit of orange that were detected in the nose, all hitting the tongue. Upfront in the flavor profile, there is also some grapefruit and a bit of grass which are quite light, but which gain strength as the flavor advances. All the while, the sweeter flavors persist, but with the bready flavors fading a bit, it allows for the sweet and hop to really stand out more. Other hop flavors of an earthy and light pine flavor join the taste more toward the end, blending nicely with the sweeter flavors of the brew. While at 10 % abv., only a trace of alcohol flavor is present, with the total of flavors left at the end of the taste, leaving a fruity and more moderately but nicely balanced hop flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew was on the slightly chewier and thicker side with a carbonation level that was a little on the lower side. The thicker body and lower carbonation really nicely upheld the more moderate hops in light of the sweeter maltier flavors of the brew and made for a great sipping style.
Overall- As to date I think this is one of the top single hops in my mind. It seems to have a very nice balance, all while keeping any one flavor from becoming the dominate and while hiding the alcohol level very well. This is a delicious brew.
EithCubes (5024) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nose is beautiful and intensely hoppy, citrus-heavy with tons of rind, papery Simcoe-lite, and this pleasant swirling candy floss around the medium caramel. Can smell the sticky resin. Pours clear, rich golden with above-avg carbonation and a huge, dense and foamy beige head. In mouth the caramel is a little too dull, but crisp huge/full body with strong forward alcohol and actually strong bitterness to mask the medium-strong underlying sweetness. Heavy orange and grapefruit, candy character backed off, but the papery-woody note remains and is joined by a welcomed drop of muscat. Lightly juicy, very oily, and yes, sticky and resinous with waxy fruit skin and a nice bready heart; is more than a bit rough but stops short of being harsh. Spicy with grassy character in front of light fusels, and a touch of onion when going too fast, but otherwise a great hop assault on the senses, on the leading edge of modern sensibilities.
keanex (1483) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best by February 5, 2015.
Glass: Weyerbacher tulip.
Appearance: Crystal clear body with a golden to amber hue. The head is large and dense, great retention and a light tan hue.
Aroma: Slightly sweet candied orange, hints of pine, cat pee, and marijuana.
Taste: Big malty caramel with big candied orange and bitter grapefruit, hints of white wine, cotton candy and perfume. Bitterness is rather large and accentuates the booze coming through. A bit rough, but decent.
Palate: Big and chewy, mild to moderately carbonated.
Overall: The price of this is very competitive given the going rate for any imperial IPA right now and it’s a great concept, but I can’t help but think Flying Dog needs to revisit their brewing techniques as this is a bit rough around the edges. I know I’m rating this decent, it is a decent beer, but it could be much better.
Ed5388 (2151) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle shared by dmac. Poured a clear deep golden color with a small foamy white head. Aroma of body odor, tropical fruit, caramel malt, and dank herbal hops. Taste of old citrus skins, caramel malt, pine, and some grassiness.
sloth (2507) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large, white head, good retention and lace. Clear, copper colored brew. nice, danky, juicy nose, mild grains. Body is full, soft carbonation, tad resiny. Juicy hop flavors, citrus, slight tropics and dry, grainy malts. Dry finish, tame bite. not bad. ABV fairly well hidden. 12oz bottles from statelineliquors.
GSH1976 (208) - Delaware, USA - SEP 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love the single hop series and I love galaxy hops. This is one I was looking forward to since Schlafly Tasmanian Ale is one of my favorite beers and is also made with only galaxy hops. This beer pours a clear, golden/amber with an average amount of off white head. Aroma definitely leans toward the tropical fruit spectrum. There might be some subtle pine and citrus notes as well but the tropical flavors are much more prominent. Taste follows the nose with a dry finish and a nice bitterness that lingers. There is just a hint of caramel malt. The body is surprisingly light considering the abv and this one goes down very easy. I would never guess this checks in with an abv of 10%. This is another excellent beer in the single hop series. I wish it was possible to get a mixed six pack of single hop series beers but in the meantime I will buy some more of these while they are fresh and wait for the next release.
dmac (4093) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Xroads. Poured a clear medium to thinner density rusty orange body with a smaller foamy white head. Aroma of alcohol, older orange marmalade on old bread, tropical fruits, citrus, dry grassy hops. Medium to fuller body, average to soft carbonation, lingering bitterness. Flavor of earthy citrus, grapefruit, sweetness, orange marmalade topped medium toast. Overall good stuff.
Abrakarl (324) - SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Too bitter. Not bad but it is too one dimensional for me. No sweetness bit still some honey and hops.