hopnpop (73) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured deep gold & coppery with a strong, sustained head. Nose of grapefruit and fresh cut grass. Initial taste of wood, pine & grapefuit finishing with a alcohol heavy, tangy warming feel. This beer is anything but subtle. Frankly, Iím surprised the IBUís & alcohol content arenít higher. I love it, nevertheless.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a really good hoppy beer and was not overpowering, but instead, well balanced. It was more like and IPA than a pale, so if you are a hophead, try this. Itís great.
TAR (2595) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Partially filtered copper. Tiny-bubbled layer of sticky cream. Pleasant lemon oil, glaze, pinewood, and jellied malt scents. Tight carbonation with a touch of crunchiness. Briskly textured, initially, yet velvety soft with a mixture of pinewood and citrus. Slight ďoffĒ fruitiness protrudes at the center before a sprucy dryness swipes the palate clean. Hop character lacks brightness and also possesses a sharp edge of leafiness that lessens the body and contributes some acidity. Sound malt structure yields a buttered toast whisper along with some nuttiness, which aids in the displacement of the unpleasant acidity. Sharp aspirin (Amarillo is likely the culprit) notes waver in and out before sea salt, nutty malt, pinewood, and blood oranges complete the finish. Pretty unrefined, but not too shabby.
blankboy (7072) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a slightly bubbly clear amber with a huge lasting rocky white head. Nice lacing. Fantastic aroma of fresh hops (citrus & pine) with a touch of malt -- awesome! Delicious flavour is very hoppy and nicely balanced with sweet malt. Medium to full bodied. A great session Ale and another excellent beer from Great Divide.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lucious gold, light tan craggy head. Nose has grapefruit, resin, medium toasty malt. Flavor shows honey, earthy/herbal hops, some resin. Quite bitter finish.
HogTownHarry (6373) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle. Poured clear deep amber with a small diminishing off-white head. Aroma of fresh funky citrus and pine hops. Flavour follows the nose, strong resiny (and as tupalev says, herbal) hops backed up ably by solid lightly sweet malt, quite balanced with a long finish, almost pungent at the end. Quite a full bodied APA, juicy, creamy and astringent. Like a lot of Great Divides, a solid offering. Recommended.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with hogtown harry and blankboy (you both have this beer I think, so Iíll credit both of you for bringing it, as I canít recall who exactly brought it!). Dark orange/light brown, small bubbly white head. Lovely piney fresh hop aroma (imagine that!) - very herbal and fresh - unique. Lovely unique hop taste - much more malt than I was expecting. The fresh hops assert themselves more in the finish - what a linger! That just stays in the back of your throat screaming for more, I love it! Very herbal/plant like quality to the hops. Medium mouthfeel. Well balanced. A really good session like beer from a brewery that never disappoints and is probably my favourite American Micro right now. And my 1000th rating, cheers to all I have had the good fortune of meeting and sharing a pint with, especially the local Toronto Ratebeerians and Bartowelers who got me in to this whole thing. Cheers!
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with Larry Pitonka, thanks Andrť!) Oh fantastic, another of these chalky beers I seem to love so much! I know itís a beer that is supposed to be about the hops, and it is, but the chalky nose, flavor and mouthfeel jump out at me immediately and really appeal to me. Husky, grainy, mildly sweet malt sets a solid and flavorful base. The hops actually tastes like hops here, thatís always a good thing, and shows much acidity, some citrus, and a moderate bitterness, balancing the beer out quite nicely. Some alcohol seems evident as well, and combined with the acidic hops kind of cleans out my sinuses. Surprisingly, the nose is much more balanced toward the husky grains, with the hops being more restrained than in the flavor. Medium "plus" bodied, well-carbonated, dry and very crisp right from the sip, but especially in the finish. Medium amber color has perfect clarity. The bubbly, off-white head rises to over an inch on the pour, covers the beer in a thin but full layer for the entire session, and decorates most of the glass with an amazing and beautiful coating of tightly-packed ice crystal lacing. Overall, this is an excellent pale ale with a brilliant hop character, a beer Iíd definitely buy if it were available in California.
Terminus (3541) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle-pours bright orange with a whispy foamy white head with some legs. aroma of straight in your face smack of pine but has a cool note of raspberry tea. flavors are big pine, citric sweetness (orange) coacunt, pineapple, grapefruit. There is some malt there but mostly a hop bomb! As it warmed the balance started to show with some lightly husky malts but mostly sweet. My only gripe here is the body suffers from lack of substance. Cool splash of vanilla on the finish. Great job GD!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber gold color with a medium stacking head of off-white fluffy foam on top. Top stays present for good length, fading slow to a hefty skim and collar. Lacing is in a fine, tightly spotty sheeting across the glass. Nice looking glass of ale.
Aroma is of pale citrus, dullish-like orange and grapefruit with a spritz of lemon. Lots of pine-sided woodyness hovers over the top. Semi resinous and floral with a grassy touch, but mostly woodish and pale citrus. Clean and pungently pleasing.
Taste is more wood toned then citrus, at least in this serving, perhaps an actual fresher bottle would have had more of the citrus tones more forward. As is, this time around, the wood is a bit heavy and bringing it to one side of the hop scale that isnít really keeping a good balance from others GD Fresh Hops Iíve had. Medium to light bitterness, semi drying into the finish with some citrusy tones, but more piney and thickly prevalent in wood flavors that take away from the crispyness that pops in front.
Feel is about medium, a bit parching in its bitterness and dryness, but stays the course(coarse) and keeps a very teetering balance that could fold either side into too much pine and/or too much parchness. That said, for no other reason then this- its damn drinkable. It keeps a nice clean profile overall while grabbing hold with woody, citrus tinted bitterness, and maintains a doughy little malt backing while doing it. Some sweetness finds its way in around the corners, in the middle, and very, very late after the finish. Which in turn helps this become quite a fun ride to drink down. After finally sitting down with this one, it seemed a bit more woody then the others Iíve had in the past month or so. A little more clean, snappy, crisp, and citric and this bottle would have nailed it, much like previous bottles. Another bottle or two and another review may be in order...