gbdub (73) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours lightly cloudy amber with a thin white head. Strong hop aroma of sweet pine and grapefruit. Flavor is, of course, strongly hoppy, with a fair amount of sweetness. Bracingly bitter finish with some alcoholic burn. Nicely sticky mouthfeel.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a hazed gold with minimal head, surface haze, and some cling. The aroma is citrus and hops, strong and significant. The flavor is less sweet that the typical IIPA, which wins for me, with hops all over the place. The palate is pretty rich and still cleansing. Overall, not bad at all.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Crosling. Poured a clear golden color with a frothy 1/4 inch white head that faded to a bubbly layer and left some spots of lacing. Aroma is dominated by a heavy dose of hops imparting a moderate leafiness and some fruit character (orange, tangerine, soft grapefruit). Smooth, lightly sweet entry with some light tartness (lemon and orange) leads into a dry, moderately bitter floral hoppiness with some undertones of grapefruit that lingers on the finish. Moderate carbonation and solid mouthfeel with a decent bite. Overall this was still pretty good, but I will have to try a fresh bottle the next time itís brewed and re-rate it.
1FastSTi (3357) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours to a bright golden body with a nice white head. The aroma is fruity and sweet with pineapple and oranges. The flavor is fruity and clean and has a subtle grass. A little alcoholic, but overall a good beer.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pros: Great appearance. Surprised to see itís a natural ale, with a lot going on in the bottom of the bottle. Has some lemon and pine going on in the nose, but itís not bright, or fresh.
Cons: After 2-3 months in the bottle, it just doesnít do much for me. Itís almost not ratable. Doesnít have the freshness that I desire. Simplistic malt profile. Hops lacks vibrancy and pungency.
mar (5064) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to peter. light amber pour with a creamy off white head. nose is like smelling a handful of fresh hops. very smooth on the palate with a great fresh hop flavor. ridiculously hoppy and too easy to drink.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - APR 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich caramel and candy aromas. Some orange, toffee, and pineapple. Light orangish yellow with a white foamy head. Sticks to the glass pretty well. Flavors are sweet honey with a nice fruity bitter hop balance. Rich and flavorfull. Slightly meaty with some salt, but not much. Some floral notes. Candied sugars and fruits. Palate is well proportioned and thick but not too heavy. Duration is sweetly balanced. Good stuff.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted 4/6/09. 12oz bottle. Hazy and sedimented with an orange yellow hue. Thick ring of whitehead. Full bodied and bloody good! Just how I like it, sweet and sticky. Total grapefruit hops in the finish, but the initial malt profile is is mild lemon merange(sp) and jelly donuts. Bitter middle and finishes with a lingering nutty note. Sticky with big grapefruit and peppery hops. Balanced, blended and delicious. This is super!
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great DIPA, with a little balance too. Bravo! Lots of citrusy, piney, delicious hops flavor and aroma, but without being just hop juice.
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. eggshell white head comes and goes leaving some webby lacing in its wake. the brew itself is a hazy marigold color with lemony edges. intense citrus aroma. grapefruit and piney resin. great balance between aromatics and bitterness. lots of lush hoppy flavor and enough bitterness without over doing it. good malty backbone that isnít sweet but instead is very clean. not in the least bit cloying. alcohol is well hidden. all in all a very satisfying well crafted brew.