hopscotch (8465) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
GrowlerÖ This beer rocks!Ö Clear golden ale with a small, fat-bubbled, white head. Flimsy retention. The nose offers a plethora of hop greatness Ė pine, pineapple, orange peel, peach and white pepper. Medium-bodied and oily with tingly carbonation. This beer is dripping with fresh lupulin flavor, but is amazingly balanced. The high alcohol content is not remotely evident. Finishes bittersweet and continues to provide fantastic hop flavor for an extensively long time after each sipÖ including the final oneÖ that I am somewhat sad to take. This world class growler of bliss was shipped to me by one of my favorite Canadians; Glouglouburp!
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a one finger frothy white head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.
The nose on this beer is absolutely fantastic. Just bursting through with a ton of tropical and citrus fruit along with some slight earthy pine, pale malt and sweet booze. Lots of mango and pineapple as well as some grapefruit and lemon peel. One of the best smelling IPAs Iíve encountered.
This beer looks great and smells incredible but unfortunately the flavor falls way off. The citrus and tropical fruit notes are there but anywhere near as prominent as the aroma suggests. More bitter and earthy than expected with piny/soily flavor but not overly dry. Also, it is very hot and the strong booze component kills the best of the hop flavor. Hints of grapefruit and lemon peel with a very faint tropical presence. The malt backbone is also stronger than expected with hints of biscuit and an overly grainy graham cracker presence. Toward the end of the palate the beer is almost all booze. Kind of all over the place an very disappointing.
I have heard very good things about this beer and was really looking forward to it but it was an enormous let down. Iím gong to be trying it again on draft in a few days and will update my review if my opinion changes.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Growler sent to me by baconsausage, thanks! Shared at a recent beer tasting that went from zero to epic in three minutes. Served in a Hill Farmstead becher glass (thanks bacon), because I am able to.
Beer is amber, light amber and mostly clear with a wonderful thick head of small and medium bubbles, head has some retention to it too. Some lacing left on the walls of my HF glass, the lacing probably only works in the right glassware.
Aroma is awesome. It is hoppy, like a fruit salad, with mango and peaches and cantaloupe and papaya. Complex, fruity, hoppy, good.
Beer is medium to light in body and really really bitter. This beer likely maxes out the bitterness scale for beer in general but specifically this beer is quite quite bitter. There is very little hint of malt at the lead off and there is an unfolding on flavors on the midpalate with a variety of fruity esters from the hops. The beer has good connectivity and I thoroughly enjoyed two full pours of this beer. A great great great IPA for sure. I could hurt myself with a growler of this beer.
Serving type: growler
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Review altered after 2011 EBF.
Had this very fresh at EBF. The characteristics are similar to what is described below, but everything was so much more pungent. The nose absolutely exploded with raw hops that carried through to over-the-top hops in the flavor along with a really nice amount of bitterness for a seriously drinkable brew.
Old Review: 4 / 4.5 / 4 / 4.5 / 4
On tap at the Three Penny Taproom. Super-friendly staff and Iím really glad that this was still on we Amyliz4 and I made it in.
Pours a really bright orange color with two fingers of white head and a load of sticky lacing around the edges of the glass. The nose is really nice and over-the-top hoppy with a lot of pine, resin, orange peel, citrus, and some light tropical fruits.
The taste has many of the same components of the nose, though those are often overshadowed by the absolutely bruising bitterness that comes through in the mouthfeel. Citrus, tropical fruits, and a bit of pine. The feel is really, really hoppy and mixes well with the light alcohol that comes through. Iíd love to try this again and will hopefully be making a trip back up North to visit all these magnificent Vermont breweries at some point soon.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 11-14-2010
blipp (5595) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pours golden orange with a white head. Fruity hoppy aroma with piney notes and light sweet malty notes. The flavor has piney citric hops, sweet malts, and floral notes. Good stuff.
jredmond (4891) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 10, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 Draft with Pat at Blind Tiger for the Hill Farmstead event. Pours a hazy orange amber body with nice white head. Aroma is perfect blend of citrus and fresh pine notes. Mouthfeel is extremely refreshing - especially considering the +10% abv content - notes of fresh resin, pine, citrus, and some soapy accents as well.
patrickfannon (1221) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Blind Tiger for the Hill Farmstead event with James. Pours an electric, glowingly hazy, turbid nectarine orange with a rich, frothy, gorgeous streaky pristine white head. Cathedral window arch lacing throughout the session. The nose is an invitingly mellow, yet misleadingly complex, boquet; freah cream mixes with orange marmalade, chamomile, lavender, piney hop resin, zesty grapefruit juice, apricot, and sublte notes of peaches and earth. These scents follow through cleanly onto flavors of orange sherbert, honey, and smooth, subtle bitter hop. This is an outstandingly rich, intricate, smooth double IPA. Very well done and drinkable.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Here is the DIPA that rocketed from unknown to superstar at breakneck speed. This has a lot of hype behind it and thus my expectations are appropriately very high. Now for the judgment. Poured into a snifter.
4.0 A: Lightly hazed medium orange color. Two fingers of creamy off-white head. Half the head fell after a short time, but the remainder stuck around for a while. Spotty lacing covers the glass.
4.5 S: Really wonderful aroma! Tons of tropical fruits in this. Pineapple, mango, lots of papaya and orange. Secondarily piney and floral. Fruits combine for a sugary sweetness. Malts are pretty well hidden.
5.0 T: Holy shit is this tasty! I canít believe how wonderful this is. Iím pretty sure a pallet of various tropical fruits had been compressed and molden into the shape of a .50 caliber bullet, then overpacked with powder and shot into my tongue. Pineapple, mango, orange, papaya, and peach are incredibly strong. So fruity, but not too sweet. Malt is easily overshadowed by the hops, but it does well enough to keep the taste balanced. For 280 hypothetical IBUs, the bitterness is quite low and only manifests in the aftertaste. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.
4.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good carbonation, especially for a growler. Very creamy (but could be a bit moreso) and incredibly smooth.
5.0 D: I never thought this would live up to the hype, but instead, it has surpassed it. There isnít a damn thing I would change about this beer. Itís about as close as you can get to a perfect taste. Absolutely fabulous. Worth whatever you need to trade for it.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 03-27-2011 18:37:27
HonusWagner (1148) - Florida, USA - APR 5, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 Whatís this? An East Coast IPA that would stand out even amongst the great West Coast IPAs? Dank tropical and citrus fruit aromas, light crisp malt giving perfect body, really, really good.
alexsdad06 (4366) - Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Snifter poured from growler shared by a local BA. Pours a clear dark golden color with a small bubbly white head. The intense aroma comes leaping from the glass bringing tropical fruits, grapefruit, honey sweetness and a touch of pine. The nose is first class. The flavor does not disappoint either. More big tropical fruits, citrus, grapefruit, a sweet caramel malt base, honey, and more pine noticeable toward the finish. I donít know about 280 IBUís, but the bitterness it has is well integrated. This is insanely drinkable for what it is. I would have to classify this as an instant classic.