CanIHave4Beers (3676) - 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 (2688) - 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 (2487) - , 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 (12367) - 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 (1886) - 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 (1971) - 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.
blutt59 (6287) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, clear yellow with piney fruit cocktail aroma, flavor is similar with more maltiness and some smoke even