radarsock (914) - Vermont, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had filled in my HF stem glass for one ticket at Harvest. Poured an unfiltered gueuze peach tone with a nice off-white head. Smells and tastes of bagged hop pellets, plastic, pine cones and varnish. By mid-palate I got this kind of skunky/chemical taste due to, as someone pointed to me Shaun had said, faulty lines. Either way this a good-drinking pale ale however I’m not in love with the hop variety of riwaka.
AdamJackson (2625) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked this up 3 days ago at Hill Farmstead in a 750ML growler fill. Enjoyed in an HFS wine glass at fridge temp.
A - Pours a gorgeous hazy light orange with a 2 finger solid white head that fades slowly. It’s a gorgeous beer.
S - Loving the nose on this. Reminds me of Galaxy (also an NZ hop). Has a sort of orange peel scent and some effervescent floral honey characters.
T - Even more delicious but sort of earthy muted citrus taste. More lemon and orange skins and pulp. It has this sort of cough syrup finish. Nice balance between bitterness and malts.
M - Medium body. Nice balance of carbonation
O - This beer is a great display of the taste of Riwaka hops and it’s very drinkable, delicious and very close to my favorite aspects of Galaxy Hops.
mcberko (6486) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on tap at Hill Farmstead Brewery and then later from a growler. Pours a cloudy yellow with a big white head. Aroma is super funky and wild, with loads of barnyard funk, hay and a big hop bite amongst all that. Flavour is both super funky and super hoppy, with loads of wild, funky character, hay and a pungent floral hop bite – dominated by the wild and funky character. Super flavourful. Amazing pale ale – one of the best I’ve had.
PhillyCraft (3228) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fresh Swing top growler bottle, pours ia hazy straw golden with medium white lacing and spotty head. Aromas were on the weak side, grass, hops, hay, herbs, light pepper. Taste is pure new zealend tasting cheese hops, lemon citrus, wood, funk, popcorn kernel. Such a buttery and sessionable pale ale. Thanks for sharing Frank.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Hazy golden yellow with a generously frothy head that lasts throughout the glass. Among the most unique and curiously delightful hop variety I’ve encountered. Very vinous and tropical with hints of stone fruit and a definite green pepper character not unlike Mamouche. Great citrus and nectar in the flavor with further peppery proliferations. The palate is perfect- dry and crisp with ample carbonation. Really enjoyed the uniqueness of this one.
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
finally found notes for this one. had this at HFS 1/11. pours hazy cloudy golden with a small head. spicy citrus blast with graininess. taste is spicy floral citrus hop and grainy malt. mouthfeel is medium body with delicate carbonation. overall very enjoyable
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Black Back Pub and Fly Shop - Pours a hazy orange amber in color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is citrus/grapefruit, but not that strong. Flavor is strong of the citrus/grapefruit hops... love it... and medium bitter. Some pine resin hop flavor in the finish, which is lingering and bitter. My first time with this hop and I am a fan...
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at blind tiger a few weeks back - fresh caramel body, grapefruit. Dry hops are powerfully aromatic. Smooth bodied with a dry finish. Very tasty.. Hf does amazing things with hops.
jredmond (5336) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at blind tiger with Linh, Vi, and Thi. Pours a deep orange body with great haze and lots of coating white lacing. Aroma is fresh citrus and bitter hops. Mouthfeel is perfect for an ipa, with notes of fresh pine and citrus hop, some fruit - grapefruit, and somewhat dry finish.
lefossoyeur (453) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very cloudy wit-styled blonde topped by a generous white head.
Aromas all on the fruit side with intense tropical fruits dominating. Medium bodied, almost a little thin, flavors are more of the same, nice bitterness. This hop character is a little bit overwhelming in my opinion but still a well made IPA. Academic...