Chalsk (1065) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2010 Pours a pale yellow haze with a white soapy head. Has a very grapefruit forward aroma. Taste is the same. Sweet with some bitters on the back end. Very nice, but something is a pinch off kilter with this brew. Might be the mango. Still enjoyable.
Follow up: On tap at Cloverleaf. Enjoyed it a bit more than the last time. The elements of the beer ran together better, than out of the bottle. The malts worked better with the mango, which was less dominant this time around.
pineypower (2523) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours out a slightly hazy golden color with a moderate bubbly head. Very nice aroma of pine, citrus notes, tropical fruit, mainly mango and slight pineapple. Taste is complex, pine hops, light citrus notes, mango, and a little bit of malt in there for balance, but the hops take the cake. Alcohol content is well masked. Very West Coastish, and that is not a bad thing, definitely the best from FF and best thing to come out of NJ beer-wise since the closing of Heavyweight. Very well done.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Copper Mine. Pours a golden body with a white head. Sweet fruity hop tones that fair a bit tropical in origin. Papaya, citrus, tangerines, and marmalade. Very piney and citrus with a bitter sweet hop resinous body. Not sure how the rice portion exactly goes into play as this was a freaking awesome dipa, maybe it made the mouth feel a bit more bread y but it was hard to tell with the abundance of hoppiness (someone should call a beer that), great!