GT2 (8509) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
651mL at Shenandoah Throwdown. The pour is a clear amber tea with a thicker, off-white head. Hoppy nose with butter and sweet strawberry. Taste is nutty bitter with buttery biscuit. Sharp bitterness and quite intense. Small maple syrup comes through sort of making this a "Brown IPA." Richer mouthfeel. A nice surprise.
anders37 (16927) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a pale amber color with a longlasting off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy citrus aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter finish with hints of grapefruit.
ajd6c8 (70) - USA - MAY 22, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wasn’t sure what expect from this. Mine was labeled 17th Anniversary @ 7%. This beer has a huge malt forward profile. Almost cream like, with a touch of caramel sweetness. Make no mistake, however, tons of hops sneak up on the back end. Perfect birterness. Overall, this is a complex beer that is immensely satisfying. With a name like "Hopfest" I was thinking more IPA. I must say this was a pleasant surprise.
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber courtesy of GODiSSOUTHERN, thanks Daniel. It pours clear copper with off white head. The aroma has spicy hops, some caramel malts and a touch of butterscotch. The taste offers up similar notes with equal strength levels of spicy bitter hops, caramel malts and sweet maltiness. Seems like it may have been on the shelf for a bit.
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. Bottle. Aroma- Citrusy and floral hop aroma. Appearance-Some sweet caramel. Deep amber with a red tint. Modest off white head. Taste- Piney citrusty flavor from hops. Some caramel poking through. Very bitter all the way through. Not a bad IPA.
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark ruby amber, with a small beige head. Big fruity-hop aroma! Flavor is moderately sweet with pine, grapefruit, and caramel. Lasting bitterness in the finish. Overall, well balanced, but the flavor didn’t quite compare with the aroma. I’d still buy another bottle!
alexsdad06 (5562) - Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle courtesy of ksurkin (thanks!). Pours a nice dark copper color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma is of caramel, citrus, floral, pine, somewhat spicy and grapefruit. The flavor has a nice balnce between the sweet caramel malt and the floral, fruity citrus featuring grapefruit. Bitterness in the finish increases as it warms. Body is a touch thin.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Copper orange with big, bubbly, of- white, lasting, lacy head. Aroma is pine sticky and mango grapefruit and a variety of other sweeter fruits. Flavor follows but now grapefruit takes the lead role. A whole lot of malt backbone but mostly hops shine threw, setting the feel with a chewy texture and a big bitter citrus bite. Huge IPA.
Tmoney99 (10816) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy earth hop aroma. Medium body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bitter flavor with a medium to heavy bitter finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded.
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. Bottle. Poured a copper color with a small white head. Big hoppy aroma. You get a big bite of hops in the beginning, then some grapefruit citrusy taste.