blankboy (7216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- my bottle courtesy of fordest. Pours a hazy orange-amber with an average size diminishing fluffy white head. Very nice aroma and flavour of a medley of hops (citrus, floral, resin and more) backed by just enough malt and some alcohol. Finish is quite bitter and a touch boozy. Almost like an I2PA and that’s a compliment. Medium bodied. Wow, this was surprisingly good, I’d definitely get this again and again.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2009 Bottle courtesy of BuckNaked. Pours amber with a slight haze and a medium sized, off-white head. Nice hoppy nose, slightly floral, lots of grapefruit. The flavor is fairly dry, some breadiness and lots of caramel, citrus and herbal hops. The mouthfeel is round with moderate carbonation and a bitter finish.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, Blankboy’s bottle. Hazy orange, foamy small white head. Nice aroma - a good mix of hops (not one stands out) - resiny, sweet, citrus - nice. Lovely, but one-dimensional, hop taste - lots of pine and resin and lots of alcohol. Nice and simple and good!
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, tupalev, blankboy’s bottle. Hazy darkish amber with a large fluffy tan head, artistic lacing left behind. Sweet and juicy malt/hop balance - in the end mostly hops (citrus/resin/evergreen, slightly sour) - very appealing. Taste has better balance, malt takes a backseat, the hops are prominent with long lemon zest/pith finish. Decent body, extremely astringent, creamy and moderately alcoholic mouthfeel, lovely long linger - simple, pretty much all about the hops, but very nice.
mikebeertaster (114) - washougal, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very full flavored beer. It has a very strong hoppy taste. With a little hint of pine at the end. I really enjoy this beer. It tastes like a whole meal.
guzzler67 (1663) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hazy, rich amber appearance with a generous, fine bubbled head that left rings of good lacing. Big time piney, resinous hop aroma, some citrus, with an initial hit of sweetness that fades after a few moments. Medium bodied with exactly the right amount of carbonation. The profuse amount of hops engage the palate from the start well into the lingering, long lasting finish. This was a real treat.
bubbleflubber (2159) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very expressive multi-hop contingency here, and a darn good beer to boot! The pour is copper with a decent creamy head and nice lacing. Aromas abound with grapefruit, pine and citrus hops. The flavor is a well-balanced offering of grapefruit, pine (as the beer opens) caramel and multiple, multiple hop contingencies. It leaves a wonderful medium embodiment in the finish, and satiates the palate in a crisp way. Very full and complex, this beer satisfies nicely, as the alcohol can be noted but well-integrated. This brew lingers around for a while, in that "ever so nice" way.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
While I’m not a raving Hop Head, I like the broad portfolio of hop aromas presented in this beer, and appreciate the success the brewer has had in balancing out what could be an off-putting amount of hop-generated bitterness with pretty malts. Bottled. Beer pours a clear, medium, light brown with an average-to-large sized, frothy/creamy, white, mostly lasting head. Ink blot test-like head formations clinging to snifter. The aroma is malty with light notes of toasted grain, sweet light notes of cookie and caramel; Hoppy with moderate-to-heavy notes resin/pine, moderate notes of chewy dried apricot, and grapefruit, light notes of cedar, lemon zest, trace of white pepper; Yeasty with a trace note of basement. The flavor is moderately-to-heavily bitter with plenty of hop grip, balanced nicely with moderate sweetness. Some astringency on the gums. The finish is long, bitterness builds to heavy, lightly sweet with a slight warm feeling. The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.
Ernest (7317) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2012 Bottle (purple label).
Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough), with a note of metal.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, lightly astringent.
Very simple/typical IPA aroma tainted a bit by metal (oddly I don’t really get that aspect in the mouth). Good flavor balance that isn’t abrasive or overly bitter. Never been much of a fan of this.
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Such a great beer! Smells like a herb garden with a cotton candy machine running in the background. Doesn’t look so great - semi filtered, so-so head and darkish amber, but it tastes TREMENDOUS! Like biting into a freshly picked hop bud and chasing it with a shot of cream soda...plus the aftertaste jumps off the palate pretty quickly. A beer for the history books!