bth122 (1110) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampler on draft. Poured a copper color. Floral aroma. Med bitterness. Med bodied. Slightly over carbonated, fizzy. Indeed very fresh floral hop tasting. Just not one my faorite ipas. Fairly easy to drink though.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Medium orange-brown, slightly hazy body, thin clumping cream head. Biscuity, cerealy nose with grassy, herbal hops. Toasty, biscuity body, rather dry, with oily, grassy, soapy hops resins, these imparting a somewhat tangy quality to the palate. Bitter finish. Slick, not really a hops bomb, but resinous and saggy.
Finhead (1093) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hazy amber pour with orange fringes and white head. It has an earthy hop aroma mixed with some wheat and faint spices. The taste begins mildly sweet with an oily texture and lively carbonation. The bitterness in the finish slowly creeps up, but it manages to stay pretty balanced.
GranvilleTim (1415) - Granville, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber pour with a light tan head. Aroma is hops with a little malt behind it. Nice balance in the hops and malt in the taste. It leaves an ok hop taste in the mouth. Really nothing sticks out in this beer. Little piney, so so lacing.
EithCubes (4579) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nose of citrus and bread with light grass and pine, also has some fruity, floral notes I more commonly associate with teas. Copper pour with rose edges and a tan head. Taste is sharp and lightly tangy, caramel and toffee with low bitterness but good gritty dry tones. Yummy new fresh flavors, bread and bread crust, sweet citrus and flower, grapefruit and subtle spicing, and a surprising amount of rose hips (!). Some dank resin, tobacco, honeydew and cantaloupe, and mango juice. Juicy medium body. I think this is getting some undo negativity due to its deviation from the typical IPA style template - considered as a beer unto itself, this is unique and delicious!
vyvvy (3565) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear copper with a beige soapy head. The aroma has toasty malt, earthy / spicy hops, must and light fruit. Not very hoppy for a fresh hop beer called Hopivore. Medium / full body that’s smooth and rich with semi-sharp assertive carbonation. The flavor is fairly rich with hearty caramel toasty malt and a decent amount of green hops with dry grapefruit, earth and spice. The finish is resiny, spicy and earthy. A well balanced fresh hop ale, but I was hoping for more of a hop forward beer.
alexsdad06 (4371) - Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a hazy amber color with a small off white head. The aroma was hard to pick up. Perhaps some green leafy hoppiness, but really not much there. The flavor was bready malts, mild caramel and leafy green hops. A general bitterness shows up but doesn’t last. The finish is soft and the mouth feel is watery. This was disappointing.
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Consumed Oct 29) Hmmm...don’t really know what to think about this one. I start out thinking "Looks like a nice beer"...."smells ok, but not as much hop character as I would have though..." and then I taste it....tastes like wet cardboard and stale malt with just a touch of hop bitterness at the end. I would like to hope that this just didn’t travel well, or was stored inappropriately at the store. I have liked other fresh hop beers this season, but this one falls flat.
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear, caramel colored with a long-lasting creamy white head that dresses the glass. Spicey and piney hops in the aroma and caramel malt in the nose. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel, and a lasting finish. Flavor balanced more toward the malt, but clear spicey hop flavor, and a grassy and lightly bitter finish. A unique IPA - I’m curious to know what kinds of hops are used.
TURDFERGUSON (3879) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Did they accidentally send us last year’s batch? Or is this their amber that got labeled wrong? Looks like an amber, smells like a bad amber. Not really too excited to taste it. Light hops, dusty, dirty grainy malt overwhelm. Some roast, toasted malt, bitter, slightly astringent finish. Pretty bad overall for a beer and much worse when the style is concerned. Don’t think I have had a New Holland beer I have enjoyed.