unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber color nothing attention getting. Centennial, Crystal, Cluster, Chinook, Cascade, and Columbus hops; this is a hopheads dream.. very nice bitter finish.
OldMrCrow (2304) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Uber Tavern in Seattle.
Pours amber with a modest white head and nice lacing. Great big c-hop aroma, some citrus but also floral and woody and absolutely delightful. The flavor is a lovely hop showcase, with a marvellous leafy flavor unadulterated by the sort of sweet malt-and-resin that creeps into so many otherwise delightful IPAs. Good mouthfeel, crisp, no alcohol burn, appropriately full for the style.
Iím extremely impressed here. Wonderful beer.
Oakes (14668) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber. Woody, grapefruity, leafy aroma. Moderate bitterness. Lots of toasty, caramelly malts and chewy, woody hops. Not bad, but a bit too much crystal malt for my liking.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours medium amber with a medium white head. Smells hoppy, floral with some grapefruit, has a small malt smell too. The taste is the same as the smell. Aftertaste is too watery with some nice hop kick.
DYCSoccer17 (3578) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 16, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
8 ounce sample at the brewpub. Nice piney, mildly hempy aroma with mild malty sweetness present in the nose. Color is a mildly hazy garnet-twinged copper color with a small, fleeting white head. A bit of roasty maltiness to start, followed by hempy, dry, extremely bitter grapefruity hoppiness. This is hop tea that is extremely dry. Palate bludgeoning. No balance.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was just a big badass beer, similar to a double version of the centennial, but I prefer the centennial to this. This was a hopheads dream, just does not have enough body and maltiness to make it as enjoyable as it could be, if it was pushed more into a strong ale type category. Great bitter hop bite in and out of every single swallow, great rounded finish.
ClarkVV (5129) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2006 Draught pint at Redbones on 12/3/05. Very cloudy, deep rufous-mahogany with a ruddy-tan hue on the edges and a very well-retained off-white head that sits at half a finger throughout the whole glass. Lacing is complete and perfect down the glass in rings. Aroma shows dry, soily, lightly citric and floral hops with toasted malt and light toffee. Black pepper and very fresh, yet dry american ale yeast pour off the top. The flavor combines the fresh yeast (isnt yeast great?) with very dry toasted grains, light touches of orange rinds and mild cherries. Soily, earthy malt and touches of light toffee. Very unique hop profile provides, at times, oranges and vanilla, and at other times soily, damp earth, with brown tea leaves and light bitterness. Yeast works all the while and the creamy, unfiltered texture is soothing. While the malt sweetness is fairly minimal and only comes out on the end, after warming, the hop schedule, mouthfeel and yeast apparency really support the experience. No alcohol apparency.
jackamackson (127) - USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
ambery pour with a white head. it was dark. hoppy aroma. sweet undertones with loads of C hops in there. full to medium bodiet. not great but very solid, and I get it frequently.
jasonp (1565) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at New Old Lompoc. Kind of a clear orange/amber with an off-white head. Beautiful, grapefruit, peach and pine hop aroma. Brewed with Centennial, Crystal, Cascade, Cluster, Chinook and Columbus so you have an idea of what a fabulous grapefruit/pine/resinous hop orgy this is. BUT, there is plenty of sweet malt backing it up with some caramel in there. Pleasant sweetness, bitter hop finish. Full, round and creamy on the palate with moderate carbonation. Great lacing and head retenion. Really nice stuff.
Maddog (499) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good beer, even in this beer loverís region of the USA. C-note is fresh and hoppy, not too heavy in body or malt. Iím not sure I would call it a hop headís dream, but I certainly would buy it again and again.