urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft, this was much more subdued than I would have expected. Its appearance was hazy, and somehow, hazy was the overall impression I formed of its flavor. A murky, muddled mix of PNW hops and light malt. Good, but it failed to present a distinct flavor which I could hang on to.
presario (4628) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Horse Brass. I found out later at a brewery tour that this beer now accounts for almost half of HotDís production. Thick cloudy looking dark yellow like yeast mud. Thin head and lacing. Gentle hop aroma hypnotizes the brain. Alcohol is well hidden. Thick and flavourful in the mouth. You can almost chew the hops. Delicious. Strong but restrained.
SpringsLicker (3141) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Goldtwins for sharing this!
Pours a clear orange that holds up an average sized sticky white head.
Citrus dominates the aroma with a good malt back up in the distance.
Lots of malt, but the hop bitterness over rides it in this brew. Stays nicely bitter all the way through to a good dry finish.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Red gold pour with a huge head comprised of big, soapy bubbles that instantly recede. It took a steady hand to decant this bomber without disturbing the half-inch of yeast on the bottom of the bomber. I did manage to get about 2/3 of the brew into my tulip before the yeasties let loose and ruined the last third. The nose on this is phenomenal - soft perfume, rose petals, mango, grapefruit and piney grass. Yum. The body is undercarbed and comes off as being mushy and light. The mild malt middle helps balance the continued onslaught of hops, but fizzes out in the finish as the hops become grassy and real bitter. Kind of ruins the flow of this DIPA for me. Strong alcoholic presence in the finish as well. Great aroma, disappointing from there though.
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled on draft at the HotD Brewery. Sipped this one while discussing it with Alan Sprints. This beer gets its name from an astronautís description of what the earth looks like from space. An American hop bomb that is oh so drinkable for the style. An enjoyable beer and a good conversation.
decaturstevo (5024) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice big grassy hop aroma. A nice golden orange. A taste that is both sweet and sour ant the amde time. The alcohol seemed to come through more than the 7% and kinda pushed the malt aaround but a good brew none the less.
Kevin (2084) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like Barbieís dream car. Light creamy orange. Hazed orange body with a thin sticky head. I could smell this for hours. Light boozy cream grapefruit and grass taste. Very dry finish. Hop tea.
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argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle, thanks Goldtwins) Cloudy apple juice body with medium white head. Aroma is medium sweet, pine/grapefruit, some orange. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, grassy, sharp bitterness. Chewy medium-full body. Malt? We donít need no stinkiní malt!
TAR (2496) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy apricot. Thin creamy wisp of head. Surprisingly tame herbal and citric hop aroma with hints of honey, baked apples, and spruce. Loose and prickly carbonation. Poorly conditioned. Hop character is initially mushy and vaguely defined, with a raw and oily pungency. Juicy orange explosion briefly quells the peppery aspects and gives way to a tight coniferous assortment. Somewhat airy, with the faintest note of lightly toasted malt sweetness which underscores the honey-drizzled apricot sweetness. Not a lot of bitterness, unfortunately, and the lack of vibrant hop flavors or lasting succulence fails to compensate. As the flavors progress, the hops become overly brash, peppery, and acidic, which further weakens the body. Despite the bottle being settled for more than two days, itís still rather yeasty and, to make matters worse, slightly phenolic. Finishes leafy with a soft, rounded edge of bitterness coupled with a peach-fuzz dryness. Somewhat redeems itself with a flavorsome burst of pine and citrus hop burps, but the phenols, while subtle, manage to resurface and taint any brightness that might remain. Somethingís undoubtedly amiss here: Unlike all other HotD beers, where a gentle pour raises a sustained mound of meringue, vigorously pouring this generates but a thin wisp. Also lacks that hallmark HotD creaminess. Considerably dull. Thanks, chriso420.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to batkins for this brew.
From a 22 ounce bottle, this poured an opaque honey color, but absolutely flat. The aroma is very hoppy and so it the flavor. Itís pretty much hop juice.