hawthorne00 (2377) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear bright amber with an off-white head that soon fades to a coat but laces fairly well. Aroma of pine, resin, toffee, some kumquat. Nice, brooding, almost sweaty hops. Much more citrus in the taste - grapefruit rather than kumquat. Plain caramel sweetness is there but pretty much overwhelmed by bitterness. Plenty of pine and pepper, fairly harsh at the end. Plenty of hop flavours, but they’re higgledy piggledy and fail to disguise the deadness of the mouthfeel.
Slipstream (1995) - USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had some from a bottle and on draft, and the draft was noticeably better. Fresh pine aroma. A sweet, strong, sticky IPA, dripping with hop resin. Peppery, with a bit of flowers in the taste. A bit harsh from the bottle, but still a very impressive brew.
Morey (46) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
INFORMATION: According to the Green Flash website, this beer is released in the Spring. I spotted this in a bottle shop in Ohio over the weekend, and decided to throw a single in a mixed six pack. I held it up to the light, and there was absolutely no sediment to speak of. So I crossed my fingers, hoping for a fairly fresh bottle. It’s brewed with 6 lbs. of hops per barrel and weighs in at over 100 IBUs.
APPEARANCE: Pours a very hazy copper-orange color. Topped with two fingers of cream colored foam. The head settled to and thin and spotty layer after about 10 minutes or so. Good head retention, and even better lacing.
AROMA: Grapefruit, Pine Resin, Caramel Malt, and Wet Grassy Hops in the nose.
TASTE: Big layer of caramel malt up front accompanied by a good amount of wet-hop bitterness. The sweetness from the malt really shows itself about midway. Thankfully, there’s a second wave of bitterness that immediately follows, and sweeps it’s way over the entire palate. The finish is filled with lingering flavors of sticky hops, caramel, and freshly squeezed grapefruit.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body with a pretty light carbonation level for the style.
MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: This is obviously not super fresh. Does that mean that I shouldn’t review it? I think not. Who’s fault is it that there’s no date on this bottle afterall? It’s still a pretty tasty beer. It just taste like a hopped-up Barleywine at this point. As a DIPA however, it’s just too malty. I hope to have a fresh one sometime soon, and I can only hope that Green Flash starts to bottle date sooner rather than later!
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of an extra via trade. Thanks! Pours a deep amber orange hue, a touch darker, mellow haze with a lively carbonation, more fiery spring sunset edges. A cakey offwhite head sits atop larger, laces well and sticks around pretty well overall. Aromas offer a melange of lemons, melon, and florals. Some ok orange citrus, touches of sweeter cotton candy, pale malts, and a touch of girthiness. Fresh grass, florals, fairly lively fruit presence. Initial is medium bodied, perhaps a touch bigger, with a firm bitter smack up front. Rich hoppy dryness and bitter elements of florals, lemon, and grass. Touches of orange, melon, and touches of mellow malty jabs. Middle shows some gentle cotton candy, pale malts, bread. Some fruity sweetness of faint tropical elements. Mango and more grapefruit starts to overwhelm. Backend dries out again, dry florals, citrusy grapefruit and lemon, touches of gentle heat, more dry hops, and some pale malt crisp and sweet elements. Overall, a solid beer but a bit forgetable without a defining hop character. The sweetness works at times and at others gives that cotton candy twang. Ok, but a lot of IIPAs would be preferred over this. Great appearance and lacing, very nice aroma, flavor. Solid, but below the top tier ones.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orangeish amber with a lasting off-white head. Aroma consists mainly of very piney hops with hints of spruce and mint and with a strong toffee undertone. Flavour is much fruitier than the aroma with strong overtones of orange and grapefruit; very resiny, there is still lots of pine with notes of toffee and nuts. Mouthfeel is a little slick but dry rather than oily, with lively carbonation and a big, long bitter finish. Overall this is really good beer but it’s definitely a sipper - it’s a bit too rich to drink more than one or two in a sitting.
davidajensen (206) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
For a beer this hoppy and at 9.5% it is remarkably well rounded and drinkable. Clouded and amber with sticky lacing and an off white head. Aroma is that of pine. The finish isn’t over powering but occupies the entire mouth.
BVery (5991) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Taps restaurant in Petaluma. Slightly hazy bright orange pour wih a white clingy head. This beer is no joke - hops stand up and punch you right in the face, but it finishes so clean. Grapefruit and some pine hop. Awesome.
Damico (2512) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber copper in color with an off white sandy head. The aroma brings potent hops pleasant with sweet and bitter notes melded nicely together. The flavor is similar, somehow though with the huge hop profile it stays super smooth on the tongue. There are more bitter than sweet notes that lay on the tongue. Great with mussels.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. With deep thanks to StefanSD. Pours clear deep reddish gold, medium to thick cream-coloured head, lacing is ropey to very good. Nose is Pond’s cold cream, sour cream, tangerine, peach, bloody layers of pine and spruce, scads of grapefruit, doesn’t smell bitter. Flavours of tangerines, massive piney bitterness, creamy grassiness, really dripping with juicy fruit esters. I have been truly spoiled with the quality of beer I’ve been drinking lately.
Gerbeer (1691) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a golden brown with light head but lots of carbonation. Hops bomb to the nose - nice fruity citrus and pine aromas. Hops bomb taste. Orange peel and malts. Big bitter finish. Name is apt.