Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/15/10 on draft at the Woodinville Brewhouse. Aroma is all sweet hop flora forward with a strong citrus tang and just enough slight caramel note to balance. Appearance is surprisingly clear gold with a very well maintained white head. Flavor is very well balanced; Flora, grassiness, earthiness and even a little hop astringency are there in equal amounts, making for a full profile that never gets harsh. Mouthfeel is quite warm, medium bodied with a medium starchy finish and moderate carb texture. Overall, the body makes this one almost too easy to drink. Try in a schooner, it will quickly become two.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Floral and citrus hops on the nose. Smells like hop pellets and some sweet sugary caramel as well as a touch of hoppy funk and bread dough. Pours amber, a little hazy, browner hues, a creamy beige-ish head. Floral and piney flavors, light citrus and caramel malts in the finish. Doughy malts as well. Somewhat sweet but not overly. I like the chewy finish and piney burps. Slight alcohol creeps in, but this still drinks nicely with no hint of 9.5 percent. Pretty decent stuff all things considered, but still toned down in the Red Hook mold.
after4ever (5731) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at woodinville. crystal clear bright gold with medium amber ovrrtones. creamy off white head. tangerine, pine, and sugar nose...not powerful for a dipa, but smells delicious. creamy medium body with forceful but slow carb. caramel, pine, tangerine and sugar on the mid palate. not much power for a dipa, but solid little ipa...at 9.5%.