rougeau13 (2192) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy amber with a soapy off-white head. Aroma of pastries (yes, like a Danish), raisins, citrus, caramel, and resin. Taste is heavily fruity and malty sweet with a somewhat subdued bitterness. Medium bodied and a bit dry. Decent beer, but not a very good IPA.
jhamp9 (1301) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy golden orange with a white head and a ton of lacing. Aroma is a sweet citrus and floral. Taste is pine and citrus with some sweetness to balance out a really nice bitterness. Very good.
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden pour. Pine with floral and citrus aroma. Bold and complex taste with the aroma coming through. A good ipa.
DialSquare (3399) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sparse old note: vegetal hop aroma -- light yellow/gold - borders on double - warm but only 7% - ok - slight mediciny
ttoadee (973) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale pour, small white head that held for a bit. Slight bread smell that is passed by hops...pine cone resin, slight flower perfume, hint citrus. Balanced, but dominant, hop bitterness through the middle. Surprisingly light on it’s feet, nice medium body. Good IPA.
hiikeeba (9) - Fredericskburg, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2012 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I keep trying find something like Pliney the Elder, which isn't available in Texas. This comes close. It's a bit too bitter and lacks that big grapefruit nose I remember.
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michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Bottle (at 7%ABV per the Bottle).: Got in trade from Errl; THANKS Chris! Aroma of hops, citrus, pine, hop oil, grapefruit, and some crystal malt. Poured orange in color with a small, off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny and small-sized particles throughout. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of hops, pine, resin, wood, citrus, light fruit, and a hint of grass. Medium body. Oily, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium bitter, lightly sweet, hop, pine, resin, light fruit finish is lightly dry. 7%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
DedicatedToFun (3935) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2015 Tap, orange pour, white head, nose and taste are super citrus, oranges, lemons, good beer
neepsntatties (1372) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to "hannont". Colour...apricot-gold with a thin head. Nose... Slightly musty hops. Palate...dusty hops with a dry sharpness. Not spectacular but okie dokie.
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A vigorous pour into my small wine goblet produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves a fair amount of sticky, hop lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, copper-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of floral, fruity hops and backing caramelized, crystal malt notes. The malt character pretty quickly takes a supporting, subtle role that is more appropriate for an IPA. Specific notes of huge lychee, pineapple, tangelo and candied citrus zest slowly morph into danker leaning herbal notes that are certainly “hemp” influenced, menthol leaning, tobacco like, and pine-sap laden. The beer remains fruit focused in its hop intensity, but has a nicely supporting, ample enough, herbaceous quality to it that provides just enough balance for my “tastes” (in quotes because it is the aroma I am talking about).
The beer has a touch of sweetness that is accentuated by the hop-fruit character, but there is lots of herbal notes as well. The bitterness is actually quite smooth and not as biting as I expected in my first sip, but subsequent sips are more biting, but it is more herbaceous and astringent in a green, raw hoppy way, rather than in a clean bitterness manner. The beer has more of a herbal balance than the aroma, and this allows it to be equally balanced between the fruit and herbal notes up front and in the middle, but the finish is all about the lingering, fairly dank, bitter herbal character. Specific hop flavors of lychee, big pine, touches of menthol, raw hop astringency, and woody notes. The body has a medium’ish viscosity to it, and this is well with in the amply quaffable zone that a decent IPA needs to hit; having said that, it could be a touch lighter bodied, but it would then lean further towards the herbal side of the hop spectrum.
A beer that hits the spot for this hop head. I like the balance between fruity and herbal hop character here; both are prominent enough to keep this beer interesting from beginning to end.