hopdog (9642) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Alex for this one. Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, caramel, and floral. Tastes of pine, caramel, and citrus.
TomDecapolis (4609) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this bomber. Pours a hazy golden amber with a creamy bubbly off white lacing. ARoma of fresh floral and citrusy hops, caramel and tea. Flavor of a nice smooth hop bitterness, pine, citrus and floral notes complimented with a touch of caramel malt.
ChainGangGuy (4494) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, dark amber body with minimal head formation condensing to only a small, off-white ring.
Smell: Hops dominate the nose here, with scents of citrusy grapefruit and orange as well as zesty, piquant yellow pine, though there are a few scant toasty malt notes buried away in there.
Taste: Pale malts with some bready, toasty tones and an additional crystal malt sweetness to it, though eventually the cumulative bitterness overwhelms this modest maltiness. Hearty hop tastes of just-cut pine wood planks and pithy, oily citrus peelings. Moderate amount of bitterness. Continuous, unyielding bitterness on the dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Drinkability: Well, for me, it was a hop-forward DIPA built upon slender, slackened malts and without the alcohol or tooth-deteriorating bitterness of some. So, it definitely works for some, but extreme hop-heads and malt-mouths might want to look elsewhere.
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle purchased at Central Market in Mill Creek, WA. Pours a hazy orange color with an off-white head. Aroma: Citrus, pine, and bold hops. Flavor: Thick malt, with hints of grapefruit and pepper.
highibus (753) - Vail, Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy burnt orange with fluffy white head. Nice aroma of bread and grassy hops. Up front flavor is blended hops and a malty finish that cuts the hops well. But a lady little linger of hops is nice. Best beer I have had from Hales.
Tmoney99 (11709) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear copper color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate sour citrus earthy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This solid beer did meet my expectations.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Leafy NW hop aroma, pours rich amber with a fizzy white head. Strong earthy malt backbone, leafy and floral PNW hops everywhere, seemingly maxed out with small tight pockets of astringency. I could drink this all day.
Sammy (9350) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours light grapefruit, with some white head. A little hoppy aroma. Average mouthfeel. Good blend of American and British hops, with orangey taste. Well malted down, the IBU comes through, but its not a DIPA.
theisti (3416) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
10 oz schooner draft at the brewery pub in Seattle, Washington. Pour is a hazed golden ruby with a smallish off white head. Aroma of citrus sweet (kiwi fruit) hops along with some grassiness. Taste is quite sweet right away, more of the kiwi orange fruit sweetness, with a hint of honey. The grassiness picks back up in the middle and finishes it out. As it warms, a touch of diacetyl comes out in the finish. Palate is medium bodied, slightly undercarbonated with a sweet drying finish. Nice enough.
jake65 (2873) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a dull, brownish orange with a finger of fluffy sand colored head. Smells hoppy enough, mostly florals and light citrus. Nice impact with the floral hops, sweet caramel, and lingering bitters. Solid flavor - very drinkable.