Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pros: Excellent look. Naturally carbonated. Nose has some serious hop power with the Nelson Sauvin showing its mandarin orange and tangerine character. It takes on more of a peach character on the palate. Not a very floral or piney hop to me, but quite fruity. Nice expression of the hop. Fun to taste.
Cons: While it is unquestionably well brewed, I don’t like the hop, at least as the sole element in the beer. The fruitiness of the hop became overbearing for my palate, but it’s cool to know that hops can get this fruity.
trapez (1469) - Hilleroed, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2009
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very aromatic hops with flowers and grass. Unclear amber colour with beige head. Bitter hops flavour with a dry grapefruitlike aftertaste. Excellent aroma.
iowaherkeye (2676) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2 oz bottle, cap stamped 10/03/11 from Bottle Barn. Clear medium orange with a big three finger off-white head, great retention. Fruity hop aroma of lime zest and berries (strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry), and some earthy caramel in the background. The flavor comes across a little more earthy, and slightly vegetal--there are still the berries and lime, though the veggie quality is detracting. There is even a little bit of alcohol noted. Dry finish with bitterness around a 6. Highly carbonated with a medium body. Not too bad at all.
Blom (809) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange with a HUGE and dense head. Citric aroma, full of floral and spicy hops. The flavour is almost metallic bitter with grape, lime and pine dominating, but not in a harsh way.
Papsoe (25113) - Lyse Rødovre, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours a slightly hazy golden with an off-white head leaving some lacework. Very spicy, fresh and berry-like nose. Medium body, light fruit notes and then again this fresh and berry-like hopping that leaves an almost smooth bitterness. Very interesting. 170509
skortila (4178) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ København Ølfestival 2009. Aroma has black currant, citrus. It is very fruity. Hazy, orange-yellow coloured with an off-white head. The taste is bitter and very hopfruity. Fresh, dry and refreshing. Great ipa!
Pailhead (4244) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of apricot, pine, and faint grapefruit. It pours a hazy amber with a moderate white head with great retention. The flavor starts slightly sweet with apricot and faint pineapple. The finish consists of spicy and piney hops.
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear light copper color; a gentle pour still yields a huge 3 inches of foamy light tan head. Aromas of heavy floral sweetness, earthy pine notes. Very light bitterness on the nose. Flavor shows much more bitterness than the nose- sharp, earthy aggressive bitter bite on the front. Heavy flavors of pine and resin. Some light spruce notes. Hints of fresh cut grass and flowers. Interesting- the heavy sweetness on the nose almost disappears in the flavor, with only some light floral sweetness in the back. Only part of the brew that really suffers is the palate- that heavy carbonation that brought up the huge head really shows on the palate, with way too much carbonation causing a sharp and astringent palate. Not especially bad, but definitely detracts. Overall an interesting single-hop IPA, though more interesting than good.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml Bottle: Aroma of pungent Nelson Sauvin hops, spruce, light skunk, evergreen, and ball sweat. Pours orange in color with a huge, fluffy, foamy, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of Nelson Sauvin hops, grass, light skunk, spruce, pine, marijuana, and a hint of malts. Medium body. Dry texture. Average to slightly lively carbonation. Nelson Sauvin hop finish is lightly dry.
FrankJohansen (3599) - Sabro, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 Draught. Clear amber colour with a medium white creamy head. Rish aroma and taste of fruits and citrus. Nicely balanced.