Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. Bomber. Pours a pale gold color with a nice lacing head of foam. Big hoppy nose reminiscent of other Alpine beers. Bright mandarin orange, grapefruit and pine notes dominant the aroma which is arguably the most outstanding quality of the beer. Flavor is hop centric, but not overly bitter and balanced by more sweetness than is typical for Alpine’s IPAs. Maybe this is the New Belgium component of the collaboration. Lots of pine and tropical fruit flavors with a little bitter bite on the back end. Oily and slightly sticky on the palate with a decent amount of carbonation. I think this beer would have been a little better if they could have kept the ABV in the 7-8% range since there is a boozy component to the back end flavor. Overall a really enjoyable IPA for the hop heads out there.
wwwdottom (38) - Breese, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a transparent golden color with white head / Strong pine and citrus in the nose / not as bitter as expected, actually kind of a sweet taste / very good beer overall and the 9% alcohol is hidden nicely
trevor211 (1398) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange, somewhat effervescent. Skunky pine hops on the nose (simcoe?), which move into tropical and citrus fruit. Nice and juicy. Full body, slightly boozy, with hops dominating in a big way. Almost an herbal note, too. Very good, but a heavy load.
ElGaucho (2275) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Butcher & the Boar. Not really digging the nose. Some hop but not particularly piney, floral or fruity. Hazy light orange body with a lasting, frothy almost white head. Great lace. Tastes a lot better than it smells. Strong but really well balanced. Sweet, fruity palate with an almost fresh hop taste. Very hoppy. outstanding. Aroma keeping it from being a 4.0+ beer.
Suttree (5369) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy copper, loose white head. Huge fresh hop aroma - grapefruit and mango. Flavor is lots of sticky hops, plus a nice whiff of caramel in the background.. Nicely viscous, too. Some black pepper as it warms.
Steasy66 (1034) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden with small white head. Huge tropical aroma. Fairly sweet with good tropical flavor. Mouthfeel is great.
thomas15 (689) - USA - AUG 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet vivid fresh citrus hop. Makes you say whoa. Sugary citrus candy aroma. Wow. Clear dark gold great lacing and good retention. If anything this is maybe a touch sweet bt shit this one crazy fresh iPa. Super enjoyable one note wonder. Only slight bitterness, buts a seeming waterfall of sweetness to finish.
boFNjackson (4185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured amber/orange with a thick, bright white head. Nice retention and lacing. Nose had a big amount of notes; earthy, spicy and resinous. Flavor wise it had so much bitterness and hop flavor going on. Thick, viscius mouthfeel. Hop extracts seemed the key here. Spicy, grassy, dirty earth, bitterness and no much to balance it. Hopheads rejoice here.
OldGrowth (2839) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from Triangle Wine. good aroma, sweet, peach, melon, orange grapefruit. clean golden orange color, good head, faded quick, spotty lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Medium body, oily mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. it’s good, tad boozy, aroma is best part, real good range of scents, flavor has more of a grapefruit, harsh bite about it. reminding me of Duet,
drewbeerme (3891) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Haymarket, pours slightly hazy gold with soapy white head. Aroma has sweet caramel, resiny, floral, earthy hops, with an annoying sweet grainy malt backing. Flavors are sweet stiff toasty malts, odd rancid hop note that is of course off putting, green and lychee fruit dominate. Theres some good parts here but they aren’t happy together in the same beer. Really under shot the bittering hops. Sweet grainy and odd hop utilization. I would take ranger over this easy.