trevor211 (1408) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 22oz. bottle at Brouwer’s in Seattle. This has got to be one of the greatest fresh hop IPAs ever created. It doesn’t look like much - a light golden color with a medium head - but the first smell will have you raising your brows. It’s floral hops all the way through - it honestly seems as if you’re smelling freshly picked hops, with only a bit of malts showing through near the end. Wonderfully different from the other fresh hop efforts I’ve tasted. The taste, like the aroma, is all hops. Very bitter, but incredibly smooth all the while. Well worth a try if you can get your hands on it - I’m an IPA fan, and this is one of the most distinct brews I’ve tried.
OldGrowth (2905) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Julio’s. Grreat aroma, sweet & fruity. Grapefruit, orange, peach, apricot, tangerine, grass and a peppery streak. Golden orange color, good head that faded quickly, ok lacing. Bit of sediment on second pour. Bitter sweet flavor, big pucker. Grapefruit and grass combo. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter finish. Mouthfeel got thicker with second pour that had sediment. Very nice aroma, liked the way it changed as it warmed from fleshy fruit to citrus.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another awesome SoCal IPA. This one pours a crystal clear, pure medium golden color with a large, well retained, spongy white head. Intricate columns of ribbony, thick lacing look like some sort of ancient script one would find in a cave. The aroma is very green and very fresh, as the name indicates. Drying pine resin meets strong notes of freshly cut grass and dried herbs. Some dry grains, citrus, and lemongrass are all present as well. The flavor is even drier than the nose indicates. Wheat comes through as a backdrop, with just a touch of buttery toffee for sweetness. Immediately, though, the bitter hops take over and dry things out like an oven. Orange and grapefruit burst through on the palate, accompanying the grassy, resinous flavors. The body is medium in stature and extremely crisp. The moderately long finish is dry and bitter. Overall, a very solid IPA hat goes down easy and leaves you longing for more. SoCal rules this genre.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a cloudy orange color with huge head good lacing. Aroma was lots and lots of grapefruit and some spices. Flavor was much the same grapefuit won out on the flavors spices totally hidden. Good solid IPA.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
# 700 22oz bottle from FlacoAlto. Beautiful and bright aroma. Floral and fruity. A good amount of pine. A necessary touch of biscuity malt. Very fresh smelling. Pours clear dark gold with a bright white head leaving decent sticky lacing. Dry and bitter on the palate. The citrus comes shining through. A touch of wood. Cedar. Light pine notes. Fresh. Medium bodied. Crisp and lively on the tongue. Finishes with a lingering citrusy and woody bitterness. Quite nice.
TaktikMTL (6401) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 22 oz obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et de pin. Apparence: La couleur est blonde voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de pamplemousse et de pin. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Forte effervescence en bouche. Amertume en arrière goût. (Rating #1388)
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2011 11/16/11: 22oz. Bottle: Hoppy aroma. Amber in color. Cloudy. Heavily bitter. Tastes of hops and grass. Very bitter finish.
12/17/07: 22oz. Bottle: Very hoppy aroma of pine, grapefruit, citrus, and peach. Poured straw/orange in color with a medium-sized, creamy, rocky, off-white head that lasted throughout. Good lacing. Cloudy. Tons of tiny particles. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of hops, grapefruit, pine, peach, tropical fruits, pepper, and resin. Light to medium body. Chalky texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, chalky, hop finish. 8/4/8/3/17=4
drewbeerme (3896) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2008 22oz bottle. thanks to SDbruboy for this one. I think this was bottled 1-2 months ago. pours hazy dull gold with white head. the hop aroma has faded considerably, some faint citrus and green hop notes while the biscuity malt is comes through. flavor is still pretty bitter but the hop flavor has become muddled a bit, a greeny citrus and piney profile that is sharp but not extremely fresh and lively. either its the hops or the carbonation but it seems a bit prickly. med body. tasty but i can’t wait to re-rate a fresher bottle next year.3.4.
bottle, very fresh 2008 sample that i enjoyed quite a bit more than my previous rating, nose of lime, citrus, and green, flavors of green, citrus and orange. a very citrusy wet hop beer.3.7.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange color with amazing head and lacing. Perfect amount of hops with the malt sweetness playing along nicely. Not watery or metallic. Has a stand up flavor that is earthy and sweet and hoppy. A bit soapy but totally worth it!
sloth (2622) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large white head, excellent retention, starts out normally then turns into a rocky inviting lump. Lacing is coating. Clear gold color. Fruity nose of citrus, grapefruity and peachy. Medium bodied, lightly oily on the palate. Pleasent fruit flavors, citrus, nicely tropical and melony with some caramel maltiness hanging in there. An almost dry fruity finish, good hop bite. Thanks to dirty_martini and SDbruboy for bombers of this groovy elixer. Thanks guys!