coyotehunter (691) - , Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to MrBunn. The cap pops off and instantly Im greeted with a wonderful grapefruit and pine cloud. This beer smells fantastic. Pours a slightly oily and thickish dark yellow with a decent white head. Taste is quite good except for a rubbing alcohol funk that smacks the back of the tongue and lingers on down the pipes. Nice crisp flavors of citrus, pine and a light floral edge. Not sure I can get past the funk though...its quite distracting from an otherwise very good beer.
leaparsons (8975) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Golden with a thin foam. Aromas are toffee and pine with lots of tropical fruit. Fresh with apricot and soft spices. Floral with biscuit. Flavours are sweet, fruity and hoppy with tropical fruit syrup. Sweet pine hops with a peppery, spicy finish. Nice.
PartyBear (29) - Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a chilled 355ml bottle.
Appearance: Slightly cloudy, deep yellow, almost orange colour. Pours with a large fluffy head, which shows good retention. Carbonation seems light.
Aroma: Heavily floral on the nose, with powerful aromatic citric hops.
Taste: Big hoppiness in the flavour, imposing a perfumy bitterness right from the start. There are mild biscuity malts hiding under the hops, providing a little sweetness to balance the hops. Grapefruit also comes through along with hints of lemon. It all ends with a resurgence of the hops, providing a clingy bitter onslaught.
Mouthfeel: Light and crisp on the palete, with a mild carbonic feel, and a kinda greasiness.
Drinkability: This a superbly crisp and refreshing beer, served chilled it is great for the summer. The balance of flavours is almost perfect, providing a fantastic taste. The hops are potent to say the least, delivering a strong bitterness that is incredibly addictive. I want more!
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from a recent trade (not sure how fresh this sample is but i digress)..... pours a slightly transparent hazy orange with a thin soapy white head.....orangey citrus hop nose with a little must ....refreshing citrus hop flavors with very little bitterness that barelyonly surfaces in the back of the mouth after the swallow. very light body overall with medium carbonation....very easy drinking and pretty enjoyable in many aspects.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one and a half finger thick off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is fresh floral and light citrus hops with a touch of herbs and pepper. Very SNPA like. Flavor is lightly sweetened toasted malt and a nice dose of hops. Finish is fairly smooth, but has a slight astringent note. This stuff lingers a bit too. Medium body. A nice beer, but doesn’t come close to the Hop Stoopid I drank before it.
sunevdj (3516) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Falling Rock. Pours a clear golden with a white head and some lacings. Smells hoppy and floral. Sweet with a light bitterness. Heavy hops aromas, floral and some grapefruit. Light caramel backbone. Medium bodied with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Long, bitter and dry finish. Good.
FlacoAlto (4011) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
November 2009 bottle date; Sampled August 2009
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a pretty red tinged, copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pungeant hops; a mix of fruity, citrusy components and slightly dank, herbal hop notes that mix together quite well. Up front there are abundant notes of lychee, grapefruit skin oil, concentrated apricot and bright bergamot notes while the middle and finish of the aroma is more dominated by dirty hemp oil notes, herbal pine needle aromatics and really just a nice, dank hop character.
Lightly sweet malt up front almost gets stripped away by the aggressive hops in the middle, but peaks out towards the finish again just before a linger, biting, herbal bitterness cleanses the palate of all malt character. There is enough malt here to carry the hops, and in fact you can actually taste some of the malt notes underneath the hop onslaught; a touch of biscuit malt character, some light caramel as well as a touch of toasted grain cracker flavors join the fleeting, clean malt sweetness. This is actually quite light bodied; in fact it almost doesn’t have enough texture to carry the hop flavors as it can seem a bit on the thin side at times. A lot of the juicy hop fruit notes of the aroma are muted here in the flavor (not enough residual malt character to accentuate these notes) these notes are still here, and they are quite noticeable though with flavors of lychee, herbal grapefruit zest notes and tangerine zest flavors. The harder hop flavors are quite evident with ample notes of pine sap, hemp oil as well as just a solid dank herbal hop component.
The aroma of this beer is just sticky with hop lupulin, unfortunately there is not quite enough body and structure to this beer so that the flavor is just a bit too unbalanced. In fact this is one of those beers that would have actually carried the hop character better if it had just a touch more residual malt character left to it. Don’t get me wrong, this beer is pretty tasty, but it is quite easy to see how I would like to improve it.
justinehrlich (18) - New York, USA - AUG 19, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Copper coloring. The hops are kept to a minimum, while having a strong hop presence. This is one of my favorite IPAs.
RichardGretton (4449) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bronze beer with a strongish head. The aroma is mildly hopped, and the flavour is very deeply hopped and quite malty at the finish. Overall a very nice IPA.
evergreen0199 (2518) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Copper coloured pour with decent white head. Wonderful hoppy aroma was spot on. Hoppy, malty, pine, citrus taste, no sweetness but really drinkable. This is my kind of IPA, wish I had bought more.