hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2009 Bottle (a big-time gusher)... This beer rocks!... What a very cool and terrific beer! Murky, amber ale with a small, fizzy, white head (lots of hops floating within the fizz). No lacing to speak of, other than the hops sticking to the side of the glass. The nose is of pine sap, orange blossom honey, grapefruit and rye bread. The flavor is fairly malty and full-bodied, but the hops balance things out nicely and add a nice bitter bite. I like chewing on the hop husks. My sole source of fiber for today. Crazy, dry, fizzy mouthfeel with lively carbonation and plenty to chew on. Lengthy, bitter finish. A terrific, world-class brew! The hop bud in the bottle is a great and flavorful gimmick. "Dry-hopping in a bottle." Very nice! Thanks to CaptainCougar for this world class bottle of beer!!
hopdog (10255) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to weeare138 for sharing this one off my want list! When opened, there was a slight gush of white head with hops pouring over the opening (I wouldnít classify it as a gusher though). Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a small sized white head. Lots of hop leaves floating (Iíve never seen anything like it). Aromas and tastes of guess what, fresh hops (flowers and grapefruit). I wouldnít call this overly hoppy - actually perfect in the aroma category. Medium bitter. Best part is picking out the hop leaves between your teeth.
Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Acquired via trade. "DH" in marker on the cap. Pours a bright orange color with a thin off-white head. Thin and quick lacing. Lots and lots of sediment and hop pellets floating around. The aroma is wonderfully hopped, very reminiscent of the better Imperial IPAs like Ruination and Buckeye í76. Very floral, with citrus and pepper in the nose as well. Medium-bodied and moderately hoppy throughout. The flavor didnít really blow me away like the aroma but this is a tasty IPA. There is some citrus and malt underneath the hops for a little balance. The bitterness lingers and the finish is rather soft toward the end. Overall this is a very good IPA and I would like to compare it to the "regular" version someday.
3fourths (8795) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2015 This IPA has a fresh, robust cascade hop aroma, like when you stick your nose into the hop bag. Sweet lemon, big pine, very mellow and while it used to be smooth on the tongue, the recent batches are more acidic. Missing the juicy, smooth finish of the early batch(es), so some points get lost. Still, for an IPA that smells like a fresh hop garden, itís killer.
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pristine hop leaves glistening under the mother sun, scintillating orange juice drops hanging from their plunging tips...Superb peppery pines grow proudly, ever-reaching with their tight, driven body...Subdued earthiness watches the natural spectacle from below and cannot help but participate with its humid dew...
motelpogo (7701) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at perkeoís gathering. very nice of pdee to bring this back from seattle. murky orange. plenty of pine and lychee aroma. not as sweet as expected, a little grapefruity, some pleasant grassiness in the finish which i assume is a result of the bottlehopping. a shame my spare bottle of this was confiscated as i boarded a bus in washington dc. dang
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2004 This gushed when I first opened it, just long enough to propel the main hop cone out of the bottle. The rest poured a clear copper pool with the remaining hop petals swimming for joy. The intense hop aroma smacked me around a bit before landing me on a bed of Cascade hops. Some caramel malt tried to challenge the hop force and lost. The body starts toffee sweet with some floral hoppiness, before turning more bitter and dry toward the finish. Lots of piney hop resin and a good, sweet, lightly syrupy malt balance. It was definitely interesting literally picking hop petals out of my teeth while drinking this brew, but it sure didnít hurt the flavor. One of the most unique and flavorful beers Iíve had. Thanks to drismyhero for giving me the opportunity to try this gem!
Iíve had this a few times since the first rating and although Iíve run across bottles that did not have carbonation issues, most do. It doesnít seem to affect the quality of the beer though, plus it leaves a nice rocky white head speckled with green hop leaves behind. Always enjoyble and a novel idea.
after4ever (6925) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12-oz. Wow, wow, wow, thanks BillKismet! Canít hardly believe I get to try this. Murky dark orangeish amber. Towering gushy head. Huge herbal, slightly buttery/spicy nose. Creamy medium body. Beautiful floral fruity hop with doughy malt on the mid-palate. Awesome, awesome beer, magnified all the further by thinking weíd never get our hands on any.
Ernest (6905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
RBSB Portland 2004. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium amber, large pieces of hop flowers. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread), heavily hoppy (resin). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent. Yikes, no room for subtlety here. One-dimensional, like a fruit bomb in the wine world, itís fine for a laugh with friends, but it cannot compete with serious renditions of the style. An overrated novelty IMHO...cute but disturbing.
blankboy (6781) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry -- courtesy of ross. Pours a hazy yellow-gold with lots of hop buds, leaves and chunks and an average size lasting white head. Aroma and flavour are a big medley of fresh hops -- of course! We didnít strain it so drinking it was a bit of a challenge but that just made it more interesting, how often do you get to spit out hops buds? Medium bodied. For all the hops in this I did not find it overly hoppy at all, it was just right for this hophead, great stuff!