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
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Caponeís: Aroma of hops, hop oil, fruit, citrus, tangerine, light pine, and melon. Poured orange in color with a tiny, white head around the edges only. Hazy. Not sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, hop oil, pine, citrus, grapefruit, resin, tangerine, and fruit. Light to medium body. Oily, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, medium to heavily bitter, hop, tangerine, resin, hop oil finish is dry. 10.3%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
jredmond (4847) - 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.
TomDecapolis (4384) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a hazy brilliant orange with a medium creamy/bubbly white head. Aroma of crisp grapefruit hoppy notes, other citrus notes, resiny and light bready malt. Flavor of grapefruit, pine resin, crisp hop bitterness thatís aggressive yet smooth. Bitterness and hop flavor linger. Perfumey, with light alcohol notes.
alexsdad06 (4338) - 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.
nimbleprop (4146) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler pours a transparent, bright orange with some spitty white head. Great color, OK head retention. Nose is dank hops, resinous, peachy, candied orange, oily American hops, grapefruit zest, vinous fruit, honey, flower pollen. Flavor is strong pine, sweet, honey, grapefruit, orange zest, lemons, some corn sugar, a touch peppery, nectarine. Full bodied, touch hot with some bracing bitterness. Very nice. Could probably use a touch less bitterness and a little more sweetness to round things out.
boFNjackson (4001) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml Growler shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured pale golden with a thick white head. Quite bitter and in your face with hops. Residual and loads of alpha bitterness here. Some citrus, orange peel, oily hop extract flavors, and not a whole lot malt.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks for the taste, Dale! Beautiful pour, lustrous gold, gleaming and majestically frothed. Superb nose, oily, resinous, and dank, but with a lightness and elegance that suggests something more in the 8% range. Very impressive. Smooth mouthfeel, just a touch creamy without sacrificing the bracing, prickly qualities. Long, dry finish. Flavors are outrageously good, as one now expects from HF IPAs. Never overdone or merely over the top, this one is fragrant, floral, and herbaceous, with loads of tropical fruit and bitterness in one. No astringency or harshness, just balance and depth.
radagast83 (3998) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think this one was out of a growler. Poured a reddish-orange color pour. Aroma was relatively mild, with a malt-forward first and foremost. Caramel notes, orange, yeasty character. Flavor was earthy hops, malts. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Perhaps the malt character was just not exactly what I wanted from this particular beer.
drewbeerme (3836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Kan for this handbottle. Pours golden with white head, bit aroma of piney and sugary goodness with citrus grapefruit notes. wow awesome aroma. flavors of spruce and grapefruit, citrus resiny flavors, awesome finish wow long lasting sprucy,. piney, and earthy finish. so bitter and no malty Alcy finish awesome stuff! Perhaps the best iipa ever!?!