jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. There should really be a category called double American pale ale. This has a great hop flavor. Fresh citrus, pine, and grapefruit. Also is superbly balanced with a light malt backbone. The best pale ale I have ever enjoyed
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.
kingaugusta (160) - Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear gold with a foamy white head. nose is moderately strong hops with a bit of apple sweetness behind it. the flavor is less hoppy than expected but quite well balanced between a pleasant malt and modest West Coast hops. finish is short and sticky. basically a session IPA, just higher alcohol.
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.
Wordsworth (146) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very smooth hop flavor with an almost honey finish. Very accessible and delicious
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.