hopscotch (8375) - 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 (8241) - 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.
3fourths (7529) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - MAR 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 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 (7307) - 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...
CaptainCougar (7129) - 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.
Dogbrick (6826) - 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.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz: Orange-amber body. Smallish off-white head, several hop cones in the glass. Pretty straightforward and pleasant dry-hopping nose. Catchy plasticy or rubbery citrus peel, bitter orange, tree leaves and bark. Extremely dry palate, huge dry-hopping character, almost no sweetness. Hard to pick up malt profile., just straight citrusy hops, greenish and orangey. Bitterness is less harsh than I anticipated although this sits on a few months. Rather leafy, woody and astringent finish, not nearly as aggressive as I thought, though it fits the hop juice category, clean hop flavours, just not much else. Light-medium body, politely slightly creamy, low carbonation. Thanks herftydrf.
Emil (6069) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy yellow orange colour with a white head. Sweet malty, Grapefruits, hoppy aroma and taste. Medium body with a very dry finish.
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, his bottle. Tons of green pea-sized hop chunks, bubbly, hazy orange, decent white rocky head. Aroma - wow! - fresh, strong resiny/piney/citrus hops - just hops - terrific. Taste is same, some light toasty malt, incredibly bitter, I was spitting out hop shreds the whole bottle., incredibly long astringent finish, like lemon rind and pine resin. Mouthfeel - resiny, astringent, thick with hop goodness - wow, this is freakiní hoppy!
Ernest (5905) - 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.