Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 07/09/08. A misty apricot orange and a thin whitecap. Resinous and wet cannabis and lychee rind aroma; grassy, bitter and herbal; a gorgeously damp sagebrush and citrus rind hoppiness with a sparse dusting of pepper. Perfect hop character, and a calm sweetness of almond and cotton candy and sugar cookies. Itís pretty and pristine.
An abrasive pinecone bitterness intimates a sharp edge in the immediate flavor; it hits with a violent crunch, like a sudden waft of wet pine smoke in the throat. Softly, a smooth fruitiness of apricots, pears, and tangerines lends a perfectly complimentary brightness and sweetness, and it stays almost totally settled on this sunny orchard sensation; the bitterness is pure pine and hemp, lingering on grapefruit only for a moment, before those glowing sweet citrus and stone fruit oils wash over. Freshest hops. As it warms, some wildflower honey and doughy malt presents, calmly, and cleanly; itís inarguably impressive how well-drawn the hop and malt characters are individually, and how beautifully they bleed into each other as the beer unfolds.
Soft, medium palate, lightly sticky with resins and floral honey. Gentle carbonation. Finish is green herbal bitterness, of cannabis, pine, and sage, just lightly vegetal. While itís perfectly refreshing and its hop presence is so attractive and forceful, it gets just lightly astringent with raw greenness and celery crunch at the very end, and so it must remain as a world-class, if not highest peak, example. Thanks Ty!
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2008 <b>Bottled July 22, 2008; Sampled August 7, 2008</b>
Pours into my New Belgium Globe glass with a nice pungent scent and a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that has some stickiness to it. The beer is a hazy amber hue that shows a more copper hue when held up to the light. Sticky grapefruit notes mix with sweet lychee notes, which are offset in the finish by a sticky herbal note that takes on overtones of hemp oil, peppery sage and just plain, green, hop-stink. Vivaciously hoppy, this has the fruit character that I like in a good IPA as well as the balancing, dank hoppiness that is needed for balance. Quite a nice example of a beer that captures the essence of concentrated hop nectar. No real malt aromatics are noticeable, if you really dig for them there is just a wisp of toasty, pale malt, but only just.
Sharply bitter up front, then the mouth coats the palate and helps to carry the hop flavor, but the bitterness kicks back in towards the finish and lingers on in the mouth with an herbal edge to it. After my first sip I feel like I was just chewing on some fresh hops. Citrus & hop-fruit flavors of grapefruit, bergamot oil, lychee and bright tangelo make a significant showing, but are ultimately engulfed by the palate coating, herbal bitterness that is what is left lingering on in the palate after each sip has passed down my throat. Impressively quaffable, this has some heft to it with enough body to just carry the hops, but remains light enough to be drinkable like a good IPA should.
This is definitely a beer for the hopheads out there. It definitely doesn’t pull any punches and is aggressively hoppy. If in the mood for an aggressive hop experience this definitely fits the bill. It doesn’t get overly harsh and it is just so dang quaffable. This is much more aromatic and hop flavorful than the draught sample I had previously.
<b>Sampled at Lucky Baldwin’s IPA festival, June 2007</b>
Pours with a very fluffy, initially three-finger thick, pale, tan colored head that sits atop an orangish, lightly hazy, copper colored brew. The aroma is sharply citrus-like in character, but a backdrop of green, hop aromatics reminiscent of menthol, pine and an herbal note reminiscent of green basil and hemp.
The beer tastes quite dry and this really accentuates the biting hop notes. The beer is quite smooth, or without much carbonation as the pour from the tap seems to have knocked out most of the carbonation. Flavors of orange peel and tart grapefruit are joined by herbaceous, green, dank, hop flavors; the last of these really linger on in the finish along with a not-overwhelming, but persistent bitterness and a green astringency. As the beer warms a bit I begin to pick up some menthol-like notes as well.
While this is quite hoppy (both the citrus side and the herbal side of the hop), it still manages to be quite smooth and drinkable. The appearance of this beer is perfect (albeit this is somewhat arbitrary) as I really can’t ask for more; it has a nice light haze that let you know copious amounts of hops were used here).
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wafting tangerines in the aroma. Slightly hazy medium gold in color. Little head. Medium bodied, certainly better as it warmed. Very specific hoppiness, live and direct with the simcoes and amarillos. Incredibly juicy and resinous with a lingering hoppiness. Quite a nice IPA.
DTM (776) - Winters, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Monument Liqours in Concord, CA. Smelled of citurs hops. If you like hops this is the beer for you. Citurs hops dominated the flavor and very even feel on the palate. Good brew!!
Drake (7850) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by cdumler at the 2008 Richmond Summer Gathering in Williamsburg. Thanks Chris! Pours an amber color with a smallish head. Taste and aroma are both full of big citrus and earthy hops. Bitter and full bodied.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at O’Brians RBSG. Pine and grapefruit nose, floral but still sharp. Pours gold with a white head. Sharp hop flavor, very dry and crisp which amplified the sharpness. Good IPA, but a palate scraper from the bitterness.
yespr (29437) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap at Pizza Port in San Clemente. Pours cloudy orange with a lacing white head. Fruity hops aroma, light peachy quite inviting. Solid grapefruit and mild peach hoppy flavour. Dry and slight bitter spiced finish. Smooth and greatly balanced.
timfoolery (1122) - California, USA - AUG 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to DTM for the bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. This brew had a nice hoppy hit on the palate (pure citrus, mainly grapefruit). It’s tough to give it perfect marks because the bitterness lingered, although controlled, which could have been intentional. It lacked any maltiness, but I wasn’t expecting much in that department.
douglas88 (5482) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Eric. Pours a clear golden body with a thin white head. The aroma is awesome; citrus hops and I mean tons of hop goodness. The taste was more mellow; a smooth sweet hop flavor, some grapefruit and sweet malts. Easygoing and very tasty.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle, Thanks to cdumelr at Richmond Summer Gathering @ Williamsburg. Pours clear golden in color with white head. Aroma of citrus hops and hops. Taste is dry and citrus hops with dry and bitter finish.