Schuh23 (13) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wicked hoppy aroma, however, you don't taste all of it. Nice lite amber color with an unremarkable head. Not bad, but not one of my favs.
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Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 16, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I think the average beer drinker would think this was an IPA just from the taste. Not sure who it’s just a pale ale, "extra" or not. This is very much in the mold of its big brother Hoptologist and even BIGGER older brother Simtra. Same big citrusy aroma, sweet taste and balancing hop explosion on the back. Really wish this came in six-packs, as it would be a great daily drinker for those who want huge hop flavor but not the 10-11.25% abv of the bigger beers in their line-up.
Nephilium (1356) - Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This starts out with a huge grapefruit aroma, and pours a clear amber with a full white head. Big hop flavor here, with grapefruit and a tropical sweetness. Nice lingering bitter finish. Overall a really good American Pale Ale, and one I would highly recommend. I’m curious what some of the other single hop series tasted like.
boozedude (1788) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - OCT 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
clear orange pour..strong hoppy pine aroma ..awesome grapefruit hoppy goodness flavor.. awesome
nwyounan (3) - California, USA - SEP 30, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is a must try. Such a hoppy and delicious beer. Very light on the gutt and goes down smooth.
DruncanVeasey (7191) - NUNEATON, Top 18, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big bottle (sadly) split with Matt and Octo@ Sandy Lane, CA, 28/08/12. Dusted orange gold slicked with white. Perfumed, pissy, stewed tea and tropical fruit aroma; sweat, liquorice, ganja and lady’s..wrist. Pretty beautiful and deeply TPA/Oakham. Balanced, soapy, clean-cut hoppy flavour with breakfast juice, Darjeeling and marmalade on toast, dunked malted milk. Finishes green and stewed cuppa-like. Pushed all my buttons and those of my fellow tasters.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is full of citrus and tropical hops with just a bit of pine hop and some sweet caramel and biscuit malts.
T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some bitterness and sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine and floral hops come through with some more bitterness and some biscuit malt. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts with grapefruit, pine, and floral hops and bitterness.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice hoppy pale ale with some good hop flavor from the Citra and a good hop and malt balance.
dnstone (2139) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clearish-copper with sudsy white head. Moderately earthy hop character, rather dry with a lingering hop finish. A bit of earthy-hop aroma. Light palate, but flavorful.
jtclockwork (8393) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear gold with white head. Nose/taste of citrus, resin, dried grains, tropical fruits and pine. Finishes very dry resin/pine. Medium body. Crisp. Clean.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A vigorous pour into my Bruery tulip produces a fat-two-finger thick, light tan tinged head. The beer is an amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, copper hue. As I pour this beer a note similar to oxidized malt seems to noticeable. A focused look at the nose reveals lots of lychee, ripe tangelo zest, some peppery pine notes, and a backing maltiness of caramelized whole grain crackers, with a touch of caramelized brown bread crumb.
Somewhat dry tasting, with lots of hop fruit character that leans towards lychee, kumquat zest, and floral peach up front, but the finish is dry, bitter, herbal & woody. The herbal side of the hops linger on the tongue with an almost tongue numbing character. The beer has a bit of fizziness to it, I wouldn’t say it is quite excessive, as it isn’t overly gassy, but it is a touch too much for this particular beer. This beer is clearly about the hops, there is a touch of supporting malt character that provides hints of crackers, and a touch of crystal malt notes in the finish. The beer is quite light bodied, it would be downright quaffable for all if it wasn’t so hop dominated by all, as it is if you are a hop head then this will be right up your alley. The finish definitely has a menthol and pine like hoppiness to it as the beer warms up; this contributes a fair amount of sharp, piquant hop character.
This is a nice, Pale Ale, I really like how expressively hoppy it is, yet still retains an eminent quaffability. I am not sure what that initial oxidized malt sort of note was, but at least it is not noticeable after that first whiff.