Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber with a light head and sheets of stringy, web like lacing. Aroma of pine and perfume with some citrus, maybe lemon. Sweet. Bitter hops in the flavor with pine and soapy notes. Grapefruit and floral hops flood the mouth with dose of malts, though not much. Thick and syrupy palate that is dry and leaves the mouth fuzzy. Ends with a strong, piney bitterness.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Brouwer’s Cafe Hopfest ’06. Cloudy copper/amber with a white head. Aromas of pine and grapefruit. Light-ish body with medium carbonation. Lingering resin-bitter finish.
after4ever (6111) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Brouwer’s Cafe Hopfest ’06. **NOTE**: This review applies to the DH "Arlen’s Goodbye" version, which may end up with a separate entry for all I know--and I’ll move it if it does. Amber, almost a dark amber, with a slightly offwhite head. There are rumors of malt in the attack and the mid-palate, but this beer is a true hop delivery vessel, like so many of the big west coast DIPAs and IIPAs Brouwer’s chose for Hopfest this year. Tsunami finish of piney resin, but the crescendo is appropriate somehow to the rather milder setup the rest of the beer provides. Harshly caustic, in fact, but not too crazy by West Coast IIPA standards--it’s beautifully done, big and refreshing. Notable ultimately for the big bitter blossom at the end and the loooong bitter finish.
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Latona Pub. Slightly hazy, orange-amber beer. Big fruity grapefruity aroma, tropical fruity, very juicy Amarillo hop character. Sweet malts play a backing role to the big juicy hop aroma. Flavour is also hop dominated, sweet citrusy flavour, light caramel, faint toast, but the hops are what this beer is all about. Sticky body, lingering bitterness. A bit herbaceous. A damn tasty beer.
Oakes (12361) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at the Latona, Seattle
Hazy dull amber colour. Bright, woody, slightly grapefruity hop nose. Rich hoppy character. Sharp contrasts within the hops...big piney depths and bright mango and passion fruit as well...all from hops...all at once. Throw in some guava and this is pretty cool. Finishes like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. The malt is there only as a skeleton. Tasty unbalanced IPA is a staple of Washington State.