bennetporter (443) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy amber from a bottle, medium off-white head, some lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, flavor the same, some resin-y quality as well, slightly bitter throughout. Good beer.
jamesewelch (216) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 12oz bottle, variety pack, poured into 16oz tulip glass
Aroma: citrus and melons, floral, fruitness, berries
Appearance: Golden, hazy, with white head
Taste: medium bitter, light sweet
Palate: light to medium body, sticky texture, average carbonation, bitter finish
Overall: Very much like an IPA using new hops. Big fan of all of Jack’s Abby lagers, but not so much a fan of this hop. Has incredible awesome aroma, but I feel it’s a tad too bitter and unbalanced. Nice crisp dry finish with the bitterness lingering well after the tasting. The aroma dissipates fairly quickly leaving just the taste of bitterness. Good, but not one of the better Jack’s Abby lagers (better than most other breweries might attempt to do).
echudy (92) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extremely strong hop and citrus scents. Very light in color, but strong in flavor. A great tasting beer
MaBeer1972 (1512) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz Bottle from the mix-pack. Pours out a clear light amber color with a frothy off-white head that fades to a thin lace. Citrus-herbal aromas and flavors. Crisp in the middle with a lingering light fruity bitterness. Good one.
ClarkVV (4438) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from Sample 12 pack as "Calyptra" drunk March 2015
Pale golden body with a tinge of copper and a moderate amount of white head that is well-retained. High clarity.
Lush, floral hop notes are dotted with black pepper, moderate pine and a fair amount of red grapefruit-like fruitiness. The fruitiness is welcome and playful, but there’s still an overarching pine/resin note that I was really hoping would be absent. Malt is lightly bready (dry caramel, biscuits) with no alcohol or flaws in the nose.
Again, in the flavor, it initially gets my hopes up with marmalade, strawberry, grapefruit and heavy floral flavors, but the citrus gives way to pine and a bready, borderline grainy malt texture further discomforts the palate. The normally tight carbonation here works against the balance, really pronouncing the acids and after having one bottle, I’m not too excited to go back for another one. Really can’t stand these punchy/resiny-hopped beers at all. This one is far from one of the top offenders and it’s certainly clean but I just don’t see much balance in these beers. To each their own, though, as I can appreciate many people not liking heavily sour beers the way I do.
Chalumeaux (504) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - APR 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle cloudy gold with one finger head. Aromas of floral hops and citrus. Taste is dry pine resin and citrus a nice drinking beer.
AirForceHops (4804) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle gifted by Chalumeaux, thanks T. J. Aroma shows bright citrus with floral/ grassy hops.
The flavor reflects what is found in the nose, with the addition of some longer in pine notes in the finish. The yeast and malt do a well enough job balancing this brew. Damn, if I rate this to style it maybe the best pale lager I have sampled. ( of course outside of Jacks Abby’s lagers ) This is a very fine lager, actually really impressive. Drinks like an IPA.
Damico (2981) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours somewhat clear bright deep almost but not quite orange yellow with a white head. Aroma bring light sweet later yeast and tame citrus like hops. Body is lighter but still kind of full with light but satiating citrus like hops nice on the palate.
CacheManyHose (421) - HONG KONG - APR 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy straw-gold with white sudsy head and spotty frothy legs. Smells of dry resin, light fruit (lemon, grapefruit, apricot), dusty hay, light clove and pepper, corn. Tastes very dry, bitter, resin. Body is light, sharp carbonation, crisp but creamy. Not bad, very dry.
HKdIPA (489) - HONG KONG - APR 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bottle Shop at home. Bottle says hops used: "calypstra". Hazy pale golden pour with thin dense foamy head. Aroma is hoppy and lager - hops aroma is a bit unusual: resinous and lemon zest but also like lemon meringue pie. Good. Taste is very hoppy - mostly pine bitterness, some more sharp lemon citrus peel. Crisp tart finish. Smooth palate with fine carbonation. Nice. Like a bigger Hoponius Union.