puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Blind Tiger, 3-4 weeks since brewed. It is, perhaps, surprising how mellow this beer feels compared to its brothers and contemporaries. The 10.5 is hardly there. It is punchy and bright, juicy and perhaps just a touch sweet, with very little bitterness to disrupt the raw hop power on display. The hop is lemony, orange, skunky and earthy, if not somewhat fecal, but more the "forest floor" the wine critics love using as opposed to, say... Well, you know. Hill himself has already set the bar so impossibly high that, even with this being so many words ahead of pretty much every ipa ever made, one almost still feels let down that there isn’t just... more. More power. More oomph. Because this is not Edward, a supposed pale ale, that asks to be taken lightly. This is the big daddy, and compared to Double Sunshine, or his Double Galaxy, or the rare Younger keg, this feels the softest, and most wanting for just a little more juice.
mcberko (9348) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
750mL growler, pours a cloudy golden orange with a medium white head. Aroma is bursting of tropical fruits, full of mangos and pineapple, some of that signature funky Hill Farmstead smell, and loads of citrus hops. Flavour is absolutely orgasmic, bursting of pungent tropical fruits as mentioned, truckloads of pungent citrusy hops, a bit of floral presence (as with most Hill Farmstead), and just enough malt presence to back without influencing the taste. Ridiculous amount of depth and flavour to this, characterized by the pungent tropical fruits and citrus hops, with no astringency at all. ABV is no where to be detected - drinks like a 5% IPA rather than 10%. Fuck it, a perfect 5 - my first one awarded. Absolutely amazing - I don’t know how Hill Farmstead do it.
SlovakSniper (3894) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Une grosse bouteille partagée par le 3-R Crew. Un geste apprécié! Donc, une robe jaunâtre et voilée sur laquelle flotte un anneau de mousse. Un nez vraiment intéressant de fruits tropicaux et de choses bien vertes. Des aiguilles de pin, des fleurs et du chanvre frais avec des herbes sauvages. Une base maltée qui ne s’impose jamais. Sur les papilles, un jus tropical et forestier qui se choque à la verdure des prés et des champs. Une étonnante fraîcheur. En bouche, un liquide construit pour une buvabilité extrême. 10% d’alcool? Ce n’est pas croyable. Une finale qui offre tout un spectacle houblonné. Chapeau bas.
italianjohn (2490) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy/hazy golden pour with a nice orange tint and a thin ring of white head, light sticky lacing ... aroma of grapefruits, light lemon and light sugar with a rindy and resiny hop quality as well .... mouthfeel is bitter and taste is of grapefruit and citrusy rinds, light lemon, little sugary, mango and light malts on the back end along with a nice bitter bite that continues in to a dry hoppy finish .... I’d say its pliny the elderish minus the piney qualities ... the abv is hidden so amazingly well .... very dangerous, fresh and sessionable
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL Growler, purchased at the brewery today. Uber-fruity resin aroma, leaning in that fresh, raw sticky ganja direction, definitely with strong Simcoe and friends qualities. Flavors get a little more wild and funky. A bit of faint onion pairs up with a nip of cat and some chewy green plant juice. I can’t get into this one like I can get into Abner and the early Society & Solitudes. The hop flavors really huddle around Simcoe and find themselves releasing some almost stink-gland like plant chemicals. It’s certainly hop flavor turned up to an eleven, but it might be too loud? I think the hop work is certainly excellent, it might just be more of a matter of taste in terms of the varieties used and the intensity of the flavors from those varities (i.e. Simcoe and Chinook). It certainly is broadly expressive in a quality of hop flavor.
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a fresh 750ml growler, pours softly with a slowly forming white head. Nose is candied orange peel, very bright and fresh hop and malt interplay, sweet and candied. Hefty feel on the front palate, lots of candied citrus, with a nice piney bitterness through the mid and back. Very piney and long finish, actually. Strangely this reminds me of Mimosa in a way -- big, thick orange peel, heavier feel than I would like, lots of good fresh hop qualities. Definitely nice though I might prefer a 5%er next time.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Swing top fill thanks to Drewbeerme! Pours a cloudy deep gold, sticky white head. Nose is citrusy and woody, faint ethanol and cat piss. Clean and fruity with some subtle malt balance. Nice. On tasting, big bitterness that is never harsh. Nice woody hop flavor and clean. Alcohol warms my chest. Very fruity with apricots and tangerines. Really well balanced overall and delicate. Could use a bit more punch in the nose but really solid overall!
Minderbinder (2603) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at HF.
Pours hazy golden with high white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is of pine, citrus, malt. Taste is of pine, citrus, malt. Somewhat bitter, but not overly. Good body. Overall: very good.
tom10101 (3906) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival. Hazy golden with a rocky white head, good retention and impressive lacing. Aroma is powerful with pine, resinous, peach, mango, orange and hints of grass. Taste is of pine/resinous and fruits/citrus. Medium bitterness, but very hoppy. Medium to full body. Mouthfeel is dry. Alcohol is noticeable. Heavy DIPA but still very drinkable. Nice beer!
SrSilliGose (3319) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2012 tap at harvest fest. tried side by side with simcoe single hop for some reason. notes of juicy pink grapefruit, soft wet grass, spruce, fog. hop forward for sure, but not overly abrasive. alcohol very well hidden. but still a tad big for my liking, nod to the simcoe single hop, as the hoppy 5ish % beer is more in my wheelhouse.