talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is nice with a sparkling clear, orangey-copper color with a moderately full, white, creamy, fluffy head which is moderately lasting and leaves some drippy lace. Nose is hoppy... notes of pepper, bitter oranges, light floral and herbal notes, some honeyed breads, and a bit of tangerine peel. Flavor is similar with moderately high bitterness and light, underlying malts; notes of the same pepper dominance, very citrusy with bitter orange peels and tangerines, lighter notes of floral, honeyed breads, and hints at mint and herbal notes. Palate is light to medium, lively, and refreshing, and a bit watery. Finishes somewhat short, still spicy but with some of the bitterness and citrus notes disappating. I have seen quite a few of these beers recently, Mighty Arrow from New Belgium, and St. Lupulin from Odellís; a light, honeyish malt base and a ton of finishing hops. Not really the bittering hops of an IPA but that is not to say that this was not bitter, more like an over-hopped, light APA with an increased ABV. I do like the beer, but something in the flavor seems to be a bit offputting, I just cannot pinpoint what that is...
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle via Chris C-Pours a hazy amber with a large compact off white head. Nose is citrusy and subdued. Taste is spicy...pepper, perfumegrapefruit, orange rind. Astringent metallic aftertaste with a very very dry finish. High carbonation, medium body. Over-rated.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A vigorous pour produces an almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a pretty, red copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and hoppy, fresh, citrusy and with a touch of raw herbal notes that is quite nice. There is a touch of malt backbone in the nose as well, supporting crystal malt character provides a hint of caramel and there is a nice, toasted malt towards the finish. The hops contribute aromas of tangerine, candied citrus peel as well as some tropical fruit notes; the hop fruit notes seem to become more noticeable as time goes on too.
Lightly sweet tasting, but with a biting hop character from the get go. This is fairly smooth for all its hoppiness, especially up front. The lingering finish has a clean, biting, though not overwhelming, big bitterness that really lingers on the tongue. A touch of peppery carbonation and a light body (with just enough heft to carry the ample hops) make this quite the quaffable IPA; almost more of an over-the-top hoppy Pale Ale. A touch more aggressive hop character provides notes of pine, a touch of menthol, and just a touch of dank, raw hop flavor. This definitely has a nice balance of hop flavors to it; I like that the citrus / fruit notes dominate with notes of tangerine, bergamot, lots of lychee and floral tropical fruit flavors.
This really needs to be in a bigger bottle, a 12oz bottle of this is not nearly enough. Quite tasty and a nice surprise, this sits nicely as a quite drinkable beer from this brewery along with Hop Stoopid.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum: Slight haze to the effervescent golden pour topped by a white film of head. Fresh aroma- straight forward cascade/centennial herbaceousness with mild pale malt undertones. A bit prickly in carbonation (Iíd prefer less CO2) Decent flavor- it does have a touch of saccharine like suggestions in itís sweetness with a citric hop character. Some perfumy orange notes and a mild cookie malt background. Not bad.
kassner (1362) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from 3 Sons. Very fragrant hops, golden cloudy color, not much head or hops but fragrance and taste were great, with a hint of Belgian
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Goof earthly pine and floral notes on the nose. Orange body with thin white head. Good grapefruit flavor with some sticky cirtus resin lingering on palate. Cool and crisp on palate. Good refreshing brew.
TomDecapolis (4526) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Goodnight Ireneís in Wildwood NJ. Pours a lightly hazy golden with a medium creamy white head that laced. Aroma of American hops...great floral, orange, light grapfruit notes and lemon coming through. Malt sweetness with a touch of caramel and Cheerios is there in the nose. Flavor of the same fresh American hops. Orange, floral and very light pine. Wheat and cereal grains
coming through on the malt side. Hop flavor is strong...bitterness is there but nit overpowering at all.
Braudog (5876) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured golden-orange with a thin but standing head of solid foam. The aroma is of fresh-cut citrus, floral and sweet. It drinks with a distinct American hoppiness, but seems based in a light American wheat underneath. This is 7.3%!? Holy cow. Thatís kinda dangerous in such a "light" (in body) beer -- nice summer alternative for the uber-hopheads who donít want to down an IIPA on the beach. (#3604, 13 July 2009)
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle- wow- another one from laguinitas that does not disappoint- very similar in profile to the hop stoopid- great pine, mango, tangerine citrus flavors overwhelm, balanced by a nice substantial malt body- extremely drinkable.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bitter like an IPA should be: full of nice piney, grapefruity and aspirin notes. Sweet like a MW IPA - sweeter than your usual. Pours copper with thin head. Finish is sweet.