Lukaduke (1992) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured at HFS Farmhouse Fest. Pours a hazy yellow golden color with a finger of sticky foam. Lots on fresh grassy hop notes with round melon and a rustic wheat bread backbone. Smooth easy drinker a touch thin in the mid palate but overall a very sessionable flavorful beer.
DuffMan (6438) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First tasted at the brewery while waiting in line for growler fills, then shared less than 72 hrs after purchase with my lovely wife over a meal of pesto-prawn salad. Bright, translucent, lemony yellow with a sudsy white head that leaves heavy rings of lace down the glass. Aroma is freshness in a glass-- delicate fresh hops that display characteristics in equal proportion of both crisp, green grassy notes and ripe rind of citrus. Light, biscuit malts support a vibrant but delicate hoppy body, notes of carrot tops, kumquat, guava, and honeydew, leading to a crisp finish of just-right balancing bitterness. The hype is true; this is magical stuff.
brokensail (10527) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared by GT. Cloudy light golden pour with a white head. Really floral and citrus forward aroma. Biscuit malt notes, some grass, and dough. Doughy, biscuity flavor. Nice body and malt character for such a low gravity beer. Big time floral hops, some citrus peel, pine, and grass. Light bitterness on the finish.
Johnsense (750) - - AUG 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy yellow pour. Aroma of grains amd lime. Lemonlime bitterness up front grassy, cereal, a bit buttery. Very sessionable.
biggirlpanties (177) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler thanks to GT2! Cloudy bright yellow pour with thick white foam. Fresh Doughy, mildly buttery biscuit nose. Fruity tropical as well. Taste is doughy, lightly buttery, some hibiscus floral. Really soft and delicious.
GT2 (8160) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL flip-top big thanks to Ed5388. Beautiful glowing peach pour with rocky, meringue foam. Nose is beautiful sweet cream butter (Hill Farmstead house yeast), soft butterscotch, peaches&cream ice cream, juicy cantaloupe, whipped cream. As it warms, a flash of exotic/pithy tropical melon comes through (Motueka I assume). Taste is juicy, rich butterscotch is a flavor but not a density. Floats on the tongue with mega buoyancy. Super soft bitterness is not the main character here- juicy hops and tropical fruit are 90% with the remaining a soft bitterness. Soft and refreshing rather than abusive. Slick, soft butteriness on the palate is exactly what I am after. A big improvement over tannic astringency or chemical soap. Exactly the APA I was hoping this would be and much more. A perfect hop combo of some of my favorites, especially Amarillo. Wow. This is the entire purpose of the APA style- delicacy, bright hoppiness, refreshing body unlike IPAs which are bitter for no reason and heavy in mouthfeel. This is the session beer we all should be demanding. I will be dreaming of this beer.
Ed5388 (1970) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2013 On tap @ The Farmhouse (Burlington VT). Pours a hazy pale yellow with a thin foamy white head. Aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, and citrus. Taste is light citrus and grapefruit, some pineapple, and some cracker. Almost tastes like a light version of S&S 5. Nice crisp and really refreshing!
WillRunForBeer (545) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 31, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cloudy white gold with a finger white head. Yeasty grassy aroma. Light and easy drinking with just a touch of hop. Sessionable is an understatement. Wow!
lachrymalisis (381) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
juicy, crisp, citrus, slight pine. soft and floral aromas and flavors. very very pale. incontrovertibly an important beer for anyone serious about finely crafted pale ales.
radarsock (882) - Vermont, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
$8 for the 16 ounces at Positive Pie, in the new Hardwick location. Pours a meringue golden with a trim, sudsy, snowy white head. Aromas of limeade, cilantro, oregano, wheat cereal, bone marrow, and pilsner malt. Tastes similar, but unquestionably better: it’s of pine cones, fir leaves, American hops, russet potatoes, agave syrup, and seawater. Sweat and farmhouse yeast by swallow. Earthy and bittersweet. Likeable.