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 astronaut’s 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 (4931) - 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 (2059) - 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 Barbie’s 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 (11349) - 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 don’t need no stinkin’ malt!
TAR (2444) - 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, it’s 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. Something’s 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. It’s pretty much hop juice.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy orange amber color with a thin off-white head. Big piney, grassy and soapy hop aroma. Alcohol notes present. The hop flavor almost completely covered the malt. I would have liked a little more sweetness. Peppery, spicy and bitter finish. The body was a little light.
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - APR 24, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up 2 cases of 22oz Blue Dot at the Brewery’s annual Earth Day Sale. They only made 200 cases and I think they were all gone in an hour. Pours orange brown. Small white head with larger bubbles. Head doesn’t last very long. Citrusy hop and oak aromas. Medium to heavy body. Perfect balance of malty sweetness and strong bitter but flavorful hops. Finish is dry with mild bitterness lingering. Palate cleansing and refreshing at once. Great IPA.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at HDG. Gold in color with a nice thick white head. Citrusy hoppy aroma. Fruity notes. Apricot and pineapple. Hoppy flavor. Citrusy hops. Not too sweet. Finish is dry. Medium bodied. Well balanced. Smooth. Very nice beer.
beastiefan2k (2368) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2007 On tap at the Hop Devil Grill. Poured into a 1/2 pint glass. Right away - PEACH. An amazing fruit aroma akin to fresh sweet peaches. Cloudy dark yellow color, lots of luminance but cannot see through the beer. Mouthfeel is amazing, a beer version of silk. This is the only 5 I have given out for palate. Its as if the beer evaporated in my mouth. Felt great on the tongue. Leaves a faint soul of it self in my palate. What a great IIPA and unlike most others. Nowhere near the roughness of most IIPAs. Great balance and actual delicate flavors. 9/4/8/5/18
Rerate: 06/05/07 from 22oz bomber (from either Chriso_420 or Wolfhs, I got one from each, thanks). Opened it at the Heavyweight Open House. The bottle is definitely a bit different. The aroma is less all peach and more a blend of different tropical fruits. The mouthfeel is the most discernable difference. A bit more carbonated, definitely felt the bubbles on the cheeks more. The score goes down just a bit.8/4/8/4/18.
rerate: Year plus old bottle. A little bit of an experiment to see what would happen. Cellared for about 6 months, closest stored then for another 6 months and been in the fridge for the last 2 months or so. Very worried that this beer would have gone completely to crap now but it actually developed rather nicely. Poured with a large head and still that beautiful shade of orange (earlier description of color was in a dark bar so it was off a bit). Overall the beer still has this tropical fruit presence and I would say its heavy apricot now. Part of that is the malt is nicely present there creating apricot and biscuit, which equate to a heavy/looming apricot flavor. Its still noticeably hoppy, nothing in the way of the young bottle but you would give this to most people and they would scream IPA for sure. Enough heft in the body with the strong carbonation creates a nice mouthfeel.8/4/7/4/17