JoeMcPhee (8054) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep golden pour with a fast fading, thin white head. The aroma is pretty light - a bit of citrusy hoppiness and a bit of tropical fruit. Assertive bitterness wrapped in a malty sweet shell. The hops are fairly faded in this bottle (sadness) but there is a fairly bright piney character. The alcohol is pretty well hidden and they’ve done a nice job at keeping the malt sweetness down. Has a lingering herbal/grassy component. Damn - I wish I had a fresh bottle.
BMan1113VR (7690) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a clear, medium gold hued body with a small white head. Some particles. Great lace. Aromas are of pine, strong fruits, pomelo, tamarind, resin and dates. Mild malt (cereal) and ethanol sweetness. Flavors are slightly bitter, odd hop flavors: citrus, pine, raisin and bug spray with tamarind. Light grainy malt. Immediately warming. Dry finish, quite boozy, ethanol sweetness. Decent.
adnielsen (7573) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Freshcraft. Pours a hazy orange appearance with a cream colored head. Tropical fruity, mango, pineapple, a bit dank aroma. Juicy grapefruity, pineapple, orange, herbal hoppy, a bit thick pale malty flavor. Pretty tasty.
3fourths (7520) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Lots of gum, tropical fruit / guava / mango, bell pepper, light solvent when warm, some dirty ethanol, resin and orange oil. I can see similarities to Nelson and other Kiwi hops with such a strong tutti-frutti bubble gum and floral tropical fruit aroma. I think the design was to have high acid hops cut the sugary malt, okay so it does that well, but that’s what double IPA often is. I picked this up in order to give Green Bullet hops another try but i definitely don’t think much of them. Better than Cites or Mosaic but nothing like Nelsons for me in this beer. The nice thing is that the body is soft, the carbonation low and creamy, just too sweet and too bitter.
DocLock (7198) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles from Wegmans and Capone’s. Pours hazy dark straw toward gold with frothy off-white head. Nose is peppery hops, florals, mango and pineapple citrus. Tastes crisp, with mostly tropical fruity hops up front, some late peppery notes and a good balance.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Frisco Taphouse: Pours a clear bright golden with a small, clingy-lacing white head. Has a big fresh juicy hop nose with sweet pale malty undertones. Body starts with good fullness and malty sweetness supporting the onslaught of hop flavor and bitterness before a drier, slightly warming bittersweet finish. Dangerously drinkable and loaded with hops.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on draft at Beer Run. Pours a clear copper color with a large off-white head. Good head retention. Aroma of herbal, resin and tropical hop notes. The taste is herbal. resin, citrus hops with a nice malt backbone. Medium bodied. Quite nice.
GT2 (6997) - Riverside, California, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
651mL fresh bottle from La Bodega. Pours clear, deep orange copper. Large, yellow foam. Great retention and lace. Nose is softer than expected with a lot of butterscotch, toffee, brown sugar, sweet alcohol. Taste is juicy, thick butterscotch and toffee. Medium, dark warming alcohol. Much easier to drink than expected. Not really a chewy, dank hop bomb.
Ughsmash (6911) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured brilliant golden with a sticky, well-retained white head. The aroma picked up fresh orange, pineapple, and grassy hoppage over fairly soft biscuit and honeyed malts.. peppery and assertive on the back of the nose. The flavor found a bitter blend of citrus and grassy hops paired with peppery alcohol throughout.. the base was simple and a touch on the sweet side, and it worked sufficiently.. spicy and a bit boozy on the long, belly-warming finish. Heavier-bodied and the alcohol amplified the bitterness too much in a few places on the palate.. overall a decent flow.. good beer.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at Petrol Station. The beer is a dark orange-gold color with a medium white head that diminishes gradually. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is fruity with hops and pine notes. Full, chewy body with flavors of piney hops, tropical fruit and toasted malt. The finish is moderately bitter with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Pretty good all around.