deyholla (6490) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2011 On tap at the brewery. Poured a hazy orange gold with a pink hue and a tan head that lasted throughout the beer and laced nicely. Aroma was full of earthy pine hops and citrus with some backing notes of grass, hay and flora. Flavor started with dank pine that mellowed slightly allowing notes of citrus, grass, bread and flora to come out.
blklab2007 (1939) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
growler poured a dark amber in color witha thin covering of white head. aroma has citrus, pines, resins, grapefruit, and some countering malt. mouth feel has a nice thickness and a light carbonation. flavor is all about the showcase of hops, resins, pine, citrus, some fruit, and a steady bitterness. the flavor hangs on the tongue for a while and there is a light sweetness. really well crafted and packs a nice punch for a small beer.
BrewBoxer (1881) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ double windsor. Pours a nice bright brown color with no head and little lacing on the side of the glass. Smells of citrus and pine. Tastes flowery with a lemon aftertaste. A very easy drinking good ipa.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Short rating (I’m at work). 500ml hand bottle. Intense citrus with a touch of pine on the nose. Lots of grapefruit, mango, papaya and canned peach syrup. A bit of herbs, cut grass and a tiny amount of balancing bread crust malt. Smells fantastic. Pours a rich, clear copper with a small but resilient eggshell white head (testament to the quality of the hand bottle). Outstanding flavor profile. Very hop-forward, but manages to be restrained, balanced and incredibly drinkable. Just tons of fruity hop flavors: mango, peach, tangerine, grapefruit and papaya. Manages to be quite hoppy but never crosses the line into intense bitterness. Just a kiss of crackery malt to keep everything in check. Clean and crisp on the tongue. Moderate to low carbonation which is nice. Finishes with a lingering resinous bitterness. Outstanding and immensely drinkable. Another winner from Hill Farmstead (which is quickly rising to the top of my list of new favorite breweries). Thanks for the treat Joey!
nickd717 (3464) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Brouwerij Lane. Pours like grapefruit juice, cloudy pinkish with minimal head. The aroma is huge and hoppy with grapefruit dominant, a little pine, and not much maltiness. Amazing flavor, hop forward with enormous grapefruit, really intense. Some pine and just a touch of sweet malt. Big resinous hoppy palate with low carbonation and medium body. A little undercarbed. Great overall, although at 85 IBUs, come on, this is an IPA.
zdk (1808) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap: light caramel, refreshing dry and piney. sharp hops. Hoppy for a pale ale. very drinkable sweet caramel malts and finishes with some funky astringency that hangs out on the tongue.
TroyNYC (31) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is exactly what I like in an IPA. Fresh citrus hoppy goodness. Light carbonation sticks to your tounge
GatheringBrews (45) - Derby, Vermont, USA - DEC 2, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice copper color with a rocky white head that laces the glass the entire time. Aroma is citrus and resiny hops. Taste is complex American pale ale that stands out with any I’ve had.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours a light amber body with an off white head and good retention. Citrus and herbal grass tones, bitter pine and tropical grapefruit notes. Very hoppy soft fresh and a big bag of grass. Great ale.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2014 My Bottom Line:
Spicy, grassy and orangey hops flourish within this American Pale Ale’s dry and effervescent mouthfeel, leading to leveled wooden, resinous hop bitterness and much merriment.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A tower of foam settles atop the cloudy amber.
-The citrusy perfume is not one-dimensional as it can be in a lot of APAs. This one’s decorated by many grassy, spicy tips. It also shares many tropical fruit notes such as passionfruit, mango, etc.
-The frothy carbonation and relative dryness make this poundable, while making it reminiscent of some Belgian brews too (some De Dolles, for example).
-Malts contribute subtle sugary angles and crunchy biscuity flavors to support the hop verbosity.
-This is superbly drinkable yet never short on flavor. Wonderful.
From many growlers, and on tap at Blackback Pub, in Waterbury, VT, and at the brewery itself.