cwsample (163) - Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2009
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle from Cavie. Smells like Christmas trees. I’m not a fan of a lot of Hops, and the hops are very prevalant. A slight musk smell is also noticed.
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy gold color with huge white head, nice balance of malt and hop, wish I could try a fresher one than I had
treadyroc (149) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper with very little head. Strong fresh hop lacing, but not the sticky thick kind that marks an IPA. Not as floral as the Sierra Nevada, & a bit more bitter & dry. The fresh hop taste does remain, though.
BrewMstr (147) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, root down Denver airport. Nice, clear light color, white foam, hoppy aroma and taste.
jason1970 (143) - Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was expecting more from this beer from mostly good to great ratings, but was disappointed. The fresh hops are very evident and pack an initial punch with lots of pine cone and floral scents in the aroma. The appearance is a dark cloudy copper color that pours with very little head that dissipates quickly with some lacing left behind. It’s a chewy beer with lots of resin and an almost oily mouth feel that coats your throat. Taste has lots of pine and cut grass with some other floral flavors that come through after the beer warms a bit. It certainly has a freshness factor to it, but that doesn’t make it a great beer, only a good one. Drinkable but not one I would seek out again and again.
Ygberg (143) - SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of fresh flowers and citrus. Appearance is amber with medium head. Taste is bitter but not overwhelming with hints of citrus and fruit. Overall a very good and tasty beer however not very complex.
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
New label for 2008. Nice amber color, fluffy persistent head. As the commercial deScription says, "intensely grassy hop flavor and aroma." I like bold hops, but this needs balance.
vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brought a 22 oz bomber back form Denver. Poured into two Great Divide Cervois glasses to split with my wife. The beer is a deep-golden red color with good head retention. Wasn’t sure what to expect never having any "fresh hop" beers before. I was not disappointed. The hops are distinct, but not over-bearing. The citrus flavor is still there, but it seems ’smoother’ and not so sharp. The aroma is citrusy with a grassy back ground. Mouthfeel is only slightly slick.
This is a very drinkable beer. I wish I could have brought more back.
LanceUppercut (139) - SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nose of strawberries, "rulltårta", metal, grape and lemon. Taste is of citrus, dandelion, anis, iron and grass. It has a little acidity to it, and finish is bitter and salty in a well-balanced way. Very drinkable and elegant for an APA.
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (dated Oct. 3, 2012) into a becker pint glass.
Pours a honey golden with rich amber hues with a fluffy one and half finger head. The smell of sweet pineapple and fresh grassy notes on the nose is very inviting. Opens with pineapple, flora, and grassy accents, joined by slight breadiness and malt with just the perfect level of sweetness to balance this brew midpalate. Finishes smooth with just a hint of grapefruit rind and pine sap and a slight bite. Medium bodied with a slick, oily, and slight soapy mouthfeel, perfect for a wet hop ale. I look forward to this brew every year. The drinkability of the brew is exceptional as the other characteristics of the brew are not overwhelmed by intense bitterness.