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 (3899) - 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 (2765) - 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 (12576) - 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 (1141) - 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.
arkurzynski (2149) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep amber in color. To be honest, not much coming out in the nose. Skunky hops and sweet malts. Taste is worse. Soupy caramel malt, candy, and seaweed-hopping. Not sure if this went bad or what. Not digging this stuff.
AWISLguy (2284) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Sendiks. (yes there was a hop cone in each bottle of the 6). Pours a hazy yellow-orange with lots of below-surface activity for no head. Aroma is sweet fruit, pine, a strong floral presence and some tangerine. Taste is sweet syrup, tart fruit (orange zest? grapefruit?), resin and an underlying maltiness. Finishes quite thick (despite all the under-surface activity) and syrupy with some bitterness. Alcohol is present but muted. The hop cone is a cool idea - it is almost like a final dry hopping on the pour. Very solid offering; not bad, nothing outstanding about it either.