kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of joet. Thanks, Joe! Pours a bright, clear, effervescent golden-yellow color; creamy, fine-bubbled white head with good retention and lacing; very attractive pour. Very pleasant hop aroma, focusing on a mix of earthiness and floral and citrus; the core maltiness is very quiet, while the hopping is very clearly presented, non-astringent, and lovely. Medium body: medium-high carbonation; again, just a lovely, earthy and citrusy hop character plays the major role here; beautifully dry core, just a touch of honeyed maltiness and really slight red apple ester character, if any at all; this is all well-presented hops without any of the lackluster, cloying maltiness that tends to generally be the undoing of a well-hopped, lovely beer. Really solid presentation here, and it certainly does call back images of awesome Midwest pale ales like Two-Hearted and things coming out of Founders. Medium finish of lingering hoppy bitterness (earthy, and minerals actually) and just a touch of cereal.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an interesting light golden amber with some sediment underneath a small bubbly white head that recedes very quickly and leaves no lacing.
The aroma is nice and hoppy for a pale ale with lemons initially and a bit of pine resin and flowers as well. There is a bit of frady malts but the hops are dominant.
The taste is more earthy and heavier on the floral hops than the aroma. There is a hint of citrus, but itís definitely secondary to the almost perfume-like floral hops. Again, there are some pale malts but not much.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation, very crisp and clean overall.
This is an excellent pale ale and seriously drinkable. I could (and probably would if I had access) drink this all day.
twindadplus2 (570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crystal clear golden amber with a good sized medium head. Aroma is a load of fresh flowery and citrus hops with some sweet malt. Flavor is juicy citrus and pine resin slightly marred by a heavy earthy overtone. Finish is flowery and malty sweetness with a last kick of spicy pine.
phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from the brewery. Pours a mostly clear gold color with a finger-thick white head. The aroma is awesome; fresh hops, citrus, pine, sweet and pale malts, honey, and not much else. The flavor drops off, hoppy, sweet, malty, and metallic. Some earthy, grassy notes continue throughout. When we were at the NG brewery, they told us this would be replacing the Hop Hearty. Honestly, I like this one more than the Hop Hearty- nicer aroma, slightly better flavor, and just a better balanced beer. I would like them to keep both on, but this would be the winner of the two.
Trev (1775) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured gold with a medium head.
Aroma was vegetative herbal hop.
Flavour is bright somewhat spicy and leafy hop. some lively fruit and melon tones. Very low malt presence.
HonkeyBra (2858) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden pour with thick white head atop. Aroma of leafy hops, some grass, some musky plants. Flavor is hoppy. Mint hops, grassy hops, leafy hops. Really deep hop profile. And unique. Some pineapple, some melon. A bit of spiciness to the malt. Nice body, good carbonation, and finishes on a spicy hop note. Really impressed with the interesting hops in this one.
MIBRomeo (2449) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orangish amber colored pour w/ a small whispy white head. Great hoppy malty aroma. Lots of fruit comes through first, some citrus then some strawberries and some hints of other tropical fruits as well. Definite hop dominated aroma but done so very nicely. There is some sweet caramel under the fruity hops. The smell made my mouth water. Very carbonated assertive palate w/ a full body. Taste is lightly bitter hints of pine and light grapefruit, some touches of berry come through. Not much sweetness in the taste, overall is a nice light APA. Very easy to drink and enjoyable.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured brilliant lighter golden with a nice cap of white head. The aroma picked up fresh lemon and grassy hops over bready and honey sweetness.. bright, refreshing, and engaging. The flavor opened with a tart kick from the lemon zest, with splashes of pineapple and grassy bitterness not far behind.. pineapple meat and bready malts supported fairly well.. finished tangy and refreshing, focusing on the pineapple. Lighter-bodied and crisp on the palate, but it didnít have the best flow. All in all an excellent, highly-sessionable brew.
bpreo (1315) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The label describes how this beer is a "cool cat". The logo features a dogs paw prints. The beer itself is called Moon Man. So this is a cat-dog-man beer. Decent, enjoyable.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours to a translucent bright gold body with a tall coating meringue-like head and sexy lacing. Nice amount of carbonation is rising actively up the body. The aroma is huge. Sweet pine, grass, citrus, and nectarines. Very well blended together. The flavor is decently malty with lots of nice pale malt thatís very lightly toasted. Sweet and juicy fruits. Light pine and nectarine. The palate is nicely carbonated and leaves that juicy fruit component for 10 or so seconds on the tongue. Consumption of this will likely be high.