thomas15 (620) - USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice hoppy aroma, golden straw in color. light with as much hops as possible without being silly or overpowering. well balanced. not complicated but a light hoppy ale that is a great session beer.
Tessic (813) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This ale poured a Clear amber colour with a fizzy, off white coloured head. To the nose there are scents of strong hopps. Citrus and spruce with a hint of celery. First sip was alot more watery than I thought from the smell. Flavours of orange /lemon citrus most prodominant. Other flavours of grass and spruce a close second. Finish is hoppy but not as bitter as you’d expect.
rocbyter (1854) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - FEB 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bready and light hop aroma. Hazy golden color with a medium white head. Light sweet bread flavor with moderate hop bitterness.
benfergy (189) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma, true to the Hoptober name, has some moderately strong floral hops. As I sip, I can also get a hint of wheat. Unlike many beers that emphasize hops, though, this has almost no bitterness. It’s a quite smooth beer. I like it. This would probably be a great beer for people trying to transition to pale ales who aren’t quite ready for the bitterness of intensive hops.
superspak (2115) - Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by Nov 20, 2011. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with great retention that reduces to a cap. Some nice lacing down the glass as well. Aromas of grapefruit, floral, orange, apricot, light caramel, bread, and a bit of wheat. Some nice aromas with decent strength. Taste of nice grapefruit, pine, floral, orange, bread, light pine, spices, and wheat. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, spiciness, bread, and light caramel for a bit on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel that drinks smoothly. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall a nice and drinkable blonde ale. Quite enjoyable and definitely a nice option for a session. It is nicely balanced in flavors and not anything extreme that would make it unpalatable after a few glasses.
KajII (763) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle.The pour was a hazy golden yellow with an average sized (1-2 finger) frothy white head that diminished to just a little residue left floating on top after about five minutes or so, which created some really good sticky lacing.
The aroma was very mild of floral, grassy and pine hops with a grain malt and a soapy yeast and a note of citrus.
The taste was lightly bitter with a hint of grapefruit in the beginning and then became a tad more on the bitter side with a mild sweet orange citrus note at the end. The flavor lasted a really short time after the swallow and mostly consisted of a hoppy citrus flavor.
Mouthfeel was light in body and a bit watery in texture with a medium carbonation.
Overall a beer with a lot of different hops working very well together so not to overpower each other, or the rest of the flavors in this well rounded brew.
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. This beer was a gift, purchased from a gas station near Belleville, IL.
NBHGA doesn’t have a strong aroma but what is there is of mild citrus and malt.
It pours pours clear and golden (aptly named) with a smallish white head. The too-cold temperature may account for the small head.
The flavor is really special, being reminiscent of pizza crust. It has an olive oil and autumn leaves flavor. The hops and malt are balanced quite nicely.
The palate is very typical, middle-of-the-road craft beer. It has little to no distinguishing qualities, good or bad.
Basted on the taste of this beer, it is the most interesting beer I’ve had in a quite a while. Even if it doesn’t turn out to be your style it is worth trying.
I listened to Johnny Shines while drinking this beer.
Gorbalev (2887) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Golden yeloow, creamy white head. Nice citrus hop aroma. Medium creamy body enhanced by bold centennial hops that pack a really nice citrus punch over a body that can handle it. Very, very easy to drink. Thanks to Kelly for picking this up on her trip south of the border, great call!
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden tan with a small white head. Aroma is citrus hops and orange zest. Flavor is dominated by citrus hops that have a slightly soapy taste. Quite watery and bland in the finish.
ben4321 (3463) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 22 oz bottle, 12/21/11
Aroma: The nose is fairly citrusy, with some floral and grassy hops, and a little spice
Appearance: The pour is a mostly clear golden-orange color with a fizzy white head and medium lace
Flavor: Tastes light-medium sweet, citrusy, and medium hoppy bitter, with similar components to the nose
Palate: The body is medium (leaning a touch light), with an average carbonation, and slightly tingly finish
This is a surprisingly solid offering. I wasn’t really expecting that much from this one, but it was better then I expected, and had some nice components to it. I thought there was a pretty solid hop profile on the nose. The flavor was decent as well, and for the price, this is a really good buy. Anyway, a nice offering, and rather drinkable.