Scopey (7430) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from ClaptonCraft. Cracked open for Lornaís birthday. It pours cloudy golden-amber with a thick white head. The nose is earthy, doughy, wheat, spice, brown bread and wood. The taste is crisp, bitter, fresh lemon, grapefruit, light acidity, sherbet, earthy, wheat, toasty stuff and cereal with a dry finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Well rounded and rather drinkable.
bubbleflubber (1853) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. can from Oskar Blues in Brevard, NC. Pours a hazy orange-amber into the glass, with a soapy head that leaves window-wash lacing. The nose is grainy with floral and pine hops. Flavors are cracker, grains, a bit nutty and a bitter finish thatís dry and... well, "interesting" is the best word I can think of. Itís a sessionable quaff, and bold in the mouth, but medium-light bodied and active to the palate. This one is certainly different, but I donít hate the experimentation.
jbruner (2502) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz can at Brevard tasting room. Pours a cloudy yellow with fluffy white head. Aroma is Belgian witbier mixed with piney hops. Taste is pretty much the same Belgian yeast, wheat, and a hoppy back end. Not bad but nothing to write home about.
ACHops (759) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz can from Fremont, served in a tulip. Pours pale orange copper with medium fluffy off-white head that laces well. Aroma is grainy lightly sweet caramel malt, with just a hint of herbal hops. Taste is similar: lightly sweet caramel malt, again with distinct grain notes: wheat, rye, and oat definitely present. Hops are there but only mildly bitter with light floral notes. Interesting as both of these breweries are typically heavy-handed (in a good way!) with the hops. Not sure what the story is on this collaboration, but a tasty result. Need to see more wheat IPAs, btw.
Ferris (5001) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Fresh pine and light citrus. Cloudy gold with a rich beige head. Nice light grapefruit and pine. Light and sessionable.
maxwelldeux (3802) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught, into a growler. Pours a mostly clear light amber color with a moderate white head on it. Nose is great and extremely hoppy - I get some floral and pine elements to it, as well as just a hint of some pepper. Taste is light, and doesnít end up being too bitter, though you can get hints of the hop profiles from the nose. Really interesting beer.