OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottles shared at Columbus tasting 8 - Mine was from beervirgin72 - Thanks! - Poured amber with a short offwhite head and some lace. Aromas of citrus and floral hops over a good amount of caramel behind it. Flavor is hoppy in the fore with some grapefruit, pine and tangerine notes. Good malt background behind it. Decent balance and a bitter finish. Not a bad IIPA
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
C-Bus 8 - Bottle: Pours an orange gold in color with a white head. Aroma, citrus, herbal hops, pale malts. Flavor, citrusy, some caramel and pale malts. Very bitter, herbal and earthy on the finish.
sagatrap (4) - USA - JUL 25, 2007 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this at Lucky Baldwins on Tap. Very hopy but still crisp. I really enjoyed this beer and look forward to having it again.
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2007 I had to rerate the draft! Even more hops on the nose, grapefruit and pine, its pretty intense. It pours dark blonde, slightly amber with a thick white head. Intense grapefruit flavor, like grapefruit juice with a shot of straight pine sap! If you donít like hops, this is not for you. The hops coat the inside of your mouth and it lingers. i love it.................whoa, this is hoppy. Huge citrus hops on the nose, grapefruit and pine. Pours golden blonde with a thick white head. Definite hop flavor, huge american hops, citrus flavor, grapefruits, pine resin, notes of sweet malts. Excellent hoppy beer.
beerpadawan (4) - Venusville, California, USA - JUL 19, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
We just picked up a barrel of the Stoopid today. Itís a big beer--bold flavor and aroma. The hops come dashing through the nose, over the palate, and stick around for a while.
While it is heavy on the hops, it has a complex character and a good malt backbone. It has a rich copper hue that is very inviting when held up to the light.
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - JUL 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep golden color with a thick head. This was a hop aroma from the hevans. A great flavor good use of malts and hops this is going to be a must try for all hop heads.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, purchased at BevMo, Santa Rosa. Very clear light copper/golden with a white head. Piney, citrusy PacNW hop nose with a pleasant undertone of biscuit. Flavor has notes of pale malt, a little crystal/caramel, citrus, grapefruit and heavy pine. Prominent, yet balanced bitterness. Very nice juicy northwest hop flavor. Medium bodied, perhaps a tad on the thin side with moderate carbonation. Good beer.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of jasonp. Thanks, Jason! Pours a brilliant, clear honey-orange color; off-white head with patchy lacing. Dense, resiny piney and citrus hop character in the aroma; some chewy honey and sugar as well. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: definitely a strong, tea-like malt profile with a dense, resiny hoppiness matching the aroma. Lengthy, hoppy finish; slightly dry.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle, thanks jasonp) Crystal clear light apple juice body with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit/pine, light orange. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, pine, light pineapple. Fairly dry finish. Medium-full body, moderate resin.
Oakes (11786) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright, light amber colour. The aroma when first poured is breezy with an almost English hop...ha ha that doesnít last much. The more it warms the bigger, bolder the hop aroma gets until it becomes seriously ambrosial in citrusy depths (grapefruit, kumquat, calamansi) along with a very powdery, slightly resiny sense of sticking your head in a bag of hops. Finally, the malts start to show through, and the aroma fades from that apex.
In true Californian tradition, the malts are quite chewy, somewhat unexpected for such a pale beer. This crystal-forward and icing sugar sweet maltiness has never been a favourite of mine, though it is more restrained here than in many Californian examples. Overtop of this is a resiny grapefruit hop character with a splash of Simcoey orange notes. Bitterness seems moderate. Itís my sense that the malts do a great job of balancing the bitterness off but unfortunately stand out a bit too much for the good of the beer. In other words, close but not perfect.
The other aspect I wanted to touch upon is the rusticity, both in the hop character (very farm-fresh with the powdery aroma) and the subtle yeastiness. If not truly rustic in the Wallonian or pays du Nord sense of the word, it certainly is by Lagunitasí standards. Reminds me of Elliott Bayís Hop von Boorian...Belgian-accented IPA must be the trend this year. Good call.