ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Daniel. I was really glad to hear that he had this one set aside! Fresh bottle too. Pours out a nice orange / yellowish color with a huge white head on it. The smell is just pure hops, grass, fruit, pine, grapefruit, awsome stuff. Taste very smooth and easy to drink. Not as bitter as I may have thought it was going to be. Plenty of hops to go around, but not in an offensive way. Nice stuff, something I would drink again without question.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to my bro for this. Pours a hazy light copper color with thick pillowy head that leaves gobs of laces against the glass. This is one heck of an aromatic beer. Tons of citrus (orange, pink grapefruit), some light lemon zest and mango. Taste is is incredible citrus hop flavors with biscuity malty ever so carefully backing it up. The only fault, IMHO, and it’s a small fault, is the palate. I find the carbonation is a bit on the high side and it seems to remove the flavors from your tongue very quickly which ruins it for me. But man, this is a great beer and that’s the only fault I could find.
theisti (3504) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz twist off bottle courtesy of tjthresh. Pour is mostly clear straw golden with a big fluffy pure white head. Head is quite lasting, with pretty foam craters as it falls. Thick, scattered lacing is left behind. Aroma of fresh wet hops, earthy and grainy. Some hay and grass notes as well. Taste is the grainy, resiney, sticky wet hoppiness. Lots of grass, minerals and bitterness. The bitterness is nicely subtle. Palate is medium, grainy - with a lasting earthy after taste. Nice one, thanks Tom.
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - OCT 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to Sprinkle at Crown Liquors, thanks Mike. Ok, this is an amazing beer. Big thick creamy head with a cloudy orange haze for color. Smell grassy and musky..taste is ver balanced. this is one of the best ipa’s I have ever had, a perfect balance of spice and hops. This is truelly a damn fine beer.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks 17thfloor! Pours a bright hazy orange and a small fluffy off-white head. Aroma is quite tart and pineapplely. Very real and rich fruit juice sensation. A lot like cutting a fresh pineapple and sprinking hops over it (mmmmmm). Flavor has a strong hop presence in the start and a fresh ’off the vine’ oily hop taste. Sweet and fruity but not overwhelmingly so. Finsihes with a good balance of that fruit juice and still a strong hop bitterness that never becomes overly bitter and unpleasant. Medium0full body and average carbonation. Exquisite IPA and a different interprtation of balance that really helps set a standard. Perfect representation of hop flavors.
adamlangolf (21) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
For me this is a near perfect beer. The hops taste as fresh as any I’ve had. Being a hop lover I’ve been very into the harvest ale’s this year. I tried Sierra Nevada, Founder’s and Three Floyd’s Broodoo....all fresh hop ales. Each one is unique. I would try the Sierra Nevada Harvest first..then the other two. Broodoo was amazing and Founder’s was pretty awesome.
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy dark gold color with a lot of floater. Huge off-white head. Big hos and a lot more citrus than I had expected. Flavor is fantastic with hos and again, lot’s of citrus.
Finish is dry and it is one my new favorites.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy deep gold (almost orange) with an immense, pillowy, white head that leaves large dollops of lace on the glass and almost looked like heavily-beaten egg-whites. The aroma is green and resiny from American hops - some spice, some pine, but mainly lots of citrus. Hops, hops, hops, hops, hops. There is a touch earthy, funky musk - but that could be from the hops, too. There is also a light fragrance of light-colored sugary crystal malts. The flavor is immediately well-balanced - not the ridiculous hop-bomb that the nose implies. A lot of noticeable citrus and floral hop flavor - but flavor that is more restrained than the aroma - sublime. There is a good bit of breadiness and also what tastes to me like wheat - though that could be from the grassy hops that remind me of certain German and Belgian wheat beers... At mid-palate the bitterness is distinctly grassy and herbal. The bitterness is firm but never anywhere near astringent. There is a light sweetness throughout, even into the finish. The finish is dry, hoppy, and yeasty. The aftertaste is a little yeasty and a lot hoppy. The mouthfeel is medium in body with a big bit of carbonation - creamy with some spritziness. Overall, a very nice fresh-hop ale
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a crisp yellow-golden color with a large soapy head that leaves lots of lacing as it recedes. Big citrus aroma - Pineapple, grapefruit, with some grassy hop and floral undertones. Taste is smooth, with a hint of bitterness - pineapple, floral hops, with some grassy bitterness.
Very Hopslam-esque. Founders and Bells have a love affair?
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, from Chuck’s amazingly drinkable aroma is hoppy and tastes great... seriously this is dangerous. a 4pk could easily fall in a night.