3fourths (7063) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2013 Draft at the brewery. Hazy light yellow colored body under a tall, fluffy white head. Instant dank hop nose of pineapple, fresh cut pine, lemon zest, and a touch of clover honey. Fainter taste than smell, itís smooth, and while itís not oily I would say itís "liquid-like" and smooth as it rolls back on the tongue. Nearly no harshness to the malt - very simple and very nice, and overall it tastes a bit like wort, with some crushed grains and greeness, but most of that is pretty mellow. Taste is fruity and lightly bitter, and the play of the hops on the tongue is different than anything Iíve had, and very different from the nose. Wet but not moldy, thin but not watery, thereís hops all over this thing but the bitterness is surprisingly low. Itís an interesting experiment.
Naka (684) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Nate from his growler. Pours a slightly hazy butterscotch color. Small fizzy white head that disappeared quickly. A fruity floral and citrus aroma. Some dried apricot and peach. Surprisingly malty flavor. Has a sort light brown sugar and earthy pilsner flavor. The finish is a bit weak. A very mild bitterness that was a lot less than expected. A lot of different things going on, but it seems almost as though nothing really stands out... in a sort of way that I am missing the main idea. Pretty good though.
Nate (3358) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at brewery and from growler. Great grassy and floral aromas, with piney notes, light raw coffee fruitiness, and citrus zest. Mild malty sweetness but predominantly an aromatic melange of hop characteristics from grassy to fruity to spicy. Fresh and a bit earthy. Hazy medium amber body with a thin foamy lacing off-white head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation and a tangy bite. This stuff would be great on cask. Starts mild, with light malty sweetness, pilsner malt and some caramel. Good dose of carbonic gaseousness and some medium acidity. The hops really come through and are accentuated by the carbonic acidity. More subtle notes are muted even further in favor of resin and grapefruity notes, a hit of spiciness. Lots of hop flavor but very litle in the way of bittering. The finish leaves some ozone and acidity on the tongue, but that chalky, teeth-shattering bitterness that normally accompanies highly hopped ales is just not there. Mild bitter sweet after.