TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from our Wisco/Minnesota trip. I think I have 4-5 12 oz bottle rates left. Pours a well hazed orange amber pour, glowing orange and a small frothy offwhite head that is more of a film, ok lacing overall and a loose hop cone inside. Hmmm. Aromas are oranges, caramel, toffee, some wet cardboard, and toast. Biscuits, florals, grass, and touches of grapefruit, sweeter gumball like essence. Initial is medium bodied, past it’s prime it seems. A healthy orange and toffee sweetness up front, malty biscuits, toast, bread and decent bitterness move into an ok hoppy press, green hops and grass, florals, and more resinous pine start to grow on the back of the palate, lemons. A bit underbodied, perhaps thinned, with a growing resinous and dry earth hopping on the backend, a touch of ABV mixes into the dryness. It’s not bad, perhaps a touch old as some of the fruity and citrusy elements seem to have faded away but it’s still quite drinkable just not oozing hop vibrancy and complexity. Not bad. Finish is dry, sweet toffee, and oranges with earthy and piney hops in decent amounts, a touch of oxidation. Ok.
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 bottle - had to buy this - there is a hop cone in the bottle; who wouldn’t want to buy it because of that? - anyway, at first it was cool, but once the cone got stuck in the neck of the bottle, making the beer extremely difficult to pour, it wasn’t quite as cool anymore - turbid straw color - minimal head after the trickle of a pour the blocked neck produced - earthy, piney hop aroma, with some additional grapefruit zest and underlying sweet maltiness - nice nose, really - moderate sweetness for the style - loads of earthy hop flavor - still tastes fairly fresh, despite its age - strong bitterness, but only moderate acidity - sweetness is just strong enough to temper the hops - finish eventually becomes a bit sugary, but this is mostly fairly well-executed - I probably wouldn’t buy it again, but you’ve got to love the novelty.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, 2010 edition. Foggy yellow brown with a lacy white coating. Is that a hop cone blocking my pour? Nose is caramel, grass, pine and basil. Resiny medium body with soft carb. Taste is grapefruit and plastic with lemon peel and orange juice concentrate. All over the place tastewise. I vacillated between liking this and being put off but ultimately had to admire it for the craziness. Probably a bit faded as well.
CanIHave4Beers (3999) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first ever bottle of beer with a hop cone in it. This always seemed a silly idea to me, but so it goes.... The beer pours golden with a small head. The aroma is pine and fresh cut grass with a bit of caramel. The flavor has a bit more caramel than I would like but never crosses the line to cloying and keeps a strong hop character to back that up featuring piney, citrus rind, and melony fruity hop flavors. The beer is plenty bitter but fairly nicely balanced.
sloth (2809) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Still reeling from the Abrasive!!!!! Loopy max pours fairly flat, small bubbles and a wee bit of spotty lace. Hazy orange copper color. Soft nose of citrus and pine, a bit perfumey. Body is medium, lightly resiny, low carbonation. Tired hop flavors, faint citrus, light earthyness, a bit minty with some chewy crystal malts. Dry, fruity finish, slight bitterness. Does kinda take me back to the Laconner bottle dry hopped brew though. Also this is apparently a 2010 vintage. Todd, you send this??
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle with a single hop cone inside. Shared with some buddies. Aroma wasn’t overly hoppy or earthy, sort of a rubbing alcohol smell. Flavor was more geared towards the malts here but it wasn’t terrible. Not really my cup of tea but still glad I got to try it.
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle, 2010 vintage) Pours a lightly hazy golden body with a small white head. Aroma of herbal, grass, pine, and coconut. Flavor of caramel, pine, coconut, earth, and pineapple with a dry, bitter finish.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy gold color with a thin soapy head. Hop cone in the bottle! Aroma is light earth, floral and citrus hops, and some grapefruit zest. Taste is oddly not very bitter - citrus hops, grapefruit,
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ok, this is a ridiculous bottle. A whole hop cone floating in the bottle earns it a 5/5 for appearance out of the gate. It’s just a cool idea.
bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz glass poured into a pint glass (no hop cone).
APPEARANCE: Amber orange color that is hazy. Pour resulted in a slight head that dissipated into a ring around the glass with a little bit of skim.
TASTE First taste is medium sweet malt. The taste turns to light bitter then finishes much bitter. There is some floral taste in there.
PALATE: Medium bodies with a creamy texture.
OVERALL: Well balanced. A pretty decent beer. If you are into malty IPA’s then this is a good one to try.