Reynolds314 (2089) - Connecticut, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Back rate from notes. Fresh growler from the brewery. This is a nice stray from the normal GR/HF IPA which usually features heavy citrus and dank dryness. This beer is heavy herbal/grassy hops that are smooth and bitter on the back end. Unique and really nice.
yourefragile (136) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Parker.
Pours a hazed golden orange with a thick white head. A little sweeter than other HF IIPAs, citrus and pineapple with a healthy herbal and minty (?) presence. Pine and grass bitter finish. Unique
cpetrone84 (1201) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a transparent golden amber with a bubbly white head. Nose is a more muted version of S&S 5. Tropical fruits and herbal grassy notes with notes of stale grain. Taste is a bit more bright, citrus and light pine. The grain and malt presence are cleaner and more balanced. Bitterness is low but present. Carbonation is stronger, body is light and soft.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A fruity and lemongrassy blonde IPA that is refreshing despite its size.
How: Tap at the brewery and then a growler consumed a few hours later.
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a persistent small white head.
In long: The highly aromatic hoppy nose is pale citrus fruits, lemongrass and pine notes. In mouth the beer has some of the signature HF mouthfeel although maybe a little less cushiony than usual. Taste has lots of crispy crackery malts with a little more sugars sensation than usual for an HF IPA. Sweet bananas swimming in grapefruit juice. Plenty of lemongrass. Some piney notes. To me this tasted a bit like a fruitier version of their Grassroots Legitimacy. Very enjoyable although below average compared to the rest of the impressive HF/Grassroots hoppy beers lineup. Almost 6000 ratings and I still don’t know how long I’m supposed to applaud myself after each rating I enter, am I over-doing it at 5 minutes?
Leighton (9834) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from Hill Farmstead, drank in Canaan, NH. Pours clear gold with a large, frothy white head. Juicy pine in the nose, some melon, light pee, grapefruit. Medium sweet flavor, lightly bready, with more melon, honey, grapefruit. Medium to full in body with fine to average carbonation. Good and resinous to finish with more pine, melon, piss, grapefruit. Rich. Lightly warming. Some grassy bitterness in the aftertaste. Great stuff.
50belair (1850) - Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at Chris’ pad. Clear yellow pour with a white head. Florally hop aromas. The taste follows suit. Good balance with enough malt to keep it honest. Good mouthfeel and body.
berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from HFB, poured a cloudy yellow with thick white head. Still amazes me how these guys can always get such a smooth taste from relatively high ABV beer and such a strong hop aroma.
Fred82 (2093) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml growler from duchessedubourg. Growler is 3 weeks old.
Appearance : Clear pale yellow with med creamy white head.
Aroma : Sharp floral hops with piny and resinous notes. Cushiony honeyed malts.
Taste : Floral and piny hops with honeyed malts. Finish is malty with sharp floral hops and resinous notes. Light warming spices and/or alcohol. Moderate bitterness.
Overall : Fairly malty for a HFB. The malts are quite honeyed this time. Nice floral hops. A tiny bit too much honey for me and a bit too much resinous notes. Still a pretty nice beer but I guess I’m starting to be difficult with HFB !
czar (3784) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
growler shared by fred82, thanks bro. pours slightly hazy golden with a nice white cap, some retention and lacing. honeyed and lightly caramel-ish malts, dankness - very spicy, floral and citrusy, bit of green and sulfur notes. heavy bread - fairly malted, triple ipa-like. moderate carbonation, medium to full body, sweet finish backed by bold spicy-citrusy hops. nice, but clearly not seeking for a second glass - too sweet for my tasting, style-wise.
Johnsense (701) - - AUG 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden orange pour, pine aroma. Very bitter, pine, grapefruit, sweet. Medium body. Lots of lace. Dry aftertaste.