Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
16oz. bottle. Bottled on 7-30. Poured a nice dark gold with an orange tint to it, nice full white head that clings very well. Smells like fresh pine, damn. Great hop flavor up front, nice malt to balance it out. Not overpowering but does stick to the tongue just a little bit to make you want more. Very good beer.
Stine (1744) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally! Bottled 07/09/08. A glassy, bronze hue of orange, and a thin rim of white. Green hop bitterness forward in the nose, in sagebrush, hemp oil, and lychee rinds. A sunny orchard warmth of fleshy stone fruits, apricot and nectarine particularly, and a somewhat sugary malt substance of cotton candy and caramel settles in with time. Careful and composed, clean and soft, and while the fruity character of the hops is always frontal and forceful, it backs in and out of the more typical grapefruit sensation only briefly, and lingers more on those gorgeous stone fruits.
Flavor is an initially aggressive bittersweetness of pinewood and pears, grounded in wildflower honey and doughy pale malt, with a bit of sage butter lingering uncomfortably outside the windows. The fleshiness of stone and citrus fruits again washes in warmly as the bitterness amends itself to every corner of the mouth, although the oiliness of the hemp and sagebrush bitterness remains present in a greenish smoky cloud. Toward the finish, the hops gather softness in a comfortable floral perfume; a summertime herbal garden.
Full palate is slightly sticky and consistently syrupy. Soft carbonation. Ending is somewhat short and bittersweet, returning to the greens in a finalizing dirty hop grind. The balance and calmness of this understated example makes it really quaffable and bright, but the texture never dries out in with the intensity anticipated. Still, a pretty monumental example as far as craft and care goes. Thanks Ty!
ChuxBeer23 (10) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A customer from California brought in some Russian River to sample. Thank you sir.
Nice aromatics, pleasant looking, but in the end it seemed very one-noted with out any complexity or depth. Bitter and soapy. I have waited a while to try this and all I can say is that I a very disappointed.
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by cdumler at the 2008 Richmond Summer Gathering in Williamsburg. Thanks Chris! Yellow amber pour with a medium head. HUGE hop aroma with earthy, citrus and herbal notes. If this isn’t a perfect aroma, what is? Earthy, vegetal and citrusy taste which is very nice, though it doesn’t hold up to the amazing aroma. Full bodied.
travita (4753) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper colored some haziness with a good white lacy head. Less intense bitterness than I expected. More spicey in the hop aroma, good fruits aromas as well as caramel. Bitterness at finish. Good beer.
yespr (39085) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From tap at OBrians. Pours almost clear and golden orange with a creamy and lacing white head. Dense fruity hops and smooth caramel malt showing through. Extremely smooth mix of caramel and dense hoppy oily flavours, yet in no way overempowering. Smooth peachy and light fruity hops finish with a little persisting caramel malt presence.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml. Bottled on 071008. Jesus... this stuff smells like the nectar of the gods. Rarely, have I encountered an IIPA with a nose as complex as this. It’s earthy, fruity, funky, dank. Wow. Dripping with pine and citrus oils. Plenty of freshly harvested cannabis. Fresh cut wood (pine and oak with a touch of cedar)? Wet grass. Candied oranges. Apricots and mangoes. Behind the woodsiness and sweetness a delicate floral aroma gently emerges... Seriously could smell this and be happy. Thick, oily dark orange pour with a sustained white, frothy head. Palate screams with balanced excessiveness. Oily, juicy and resinous hops. Tropical fruits... mango and pineapple. Slightly woody... chewing on wet oak. Definitely a thick, but not overbearing sweet malt base. Slightly spicy. Shit this is good. Thick and mouth coating body never becomes oily or cloying. Stays surprisingly crisp throughout. Wet grass and pine resin on the finish last forever... A wonderful and top notch example of the style. Dripping and oozing with oily and resinous hops throughout but still manages to show a wonderful balance. Thanks a ton Brian!
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle, bottle date 071008. Thanks to cdumelr at Richmond Summer Gathering @ Williamsburg. Pours clear golden in color with white head. Aroma is amazing of sweet floral and citrus hops. The amazing aroma does not match the taste. Taste of grapefruit hops with bitter finish.
BuckeyeBoy (5219) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At Oregon Brewers Festival 2008 Pours out a copper topped with a tall cream head. Aroma of sweet floral and citrus hops. All most has my mouth watering just thinking about the aroma. Tast was great fresh hops and nice bitterness. A nice sweet blend. Top dawg at the Oregon Brewers Fest.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of AgentSteve. Much thanks!
Pours a light amber in color with a huge, ginormous 4 inch head. I could smell the deluge of hops as soon as I popped the cap and began to pour. Smell is amazing. Very citrusy, juicy, bittering hops. Taste is much the same, but comes across much more balanced than the smell would lead you to believe. Good mouthfeel and very nice lacing on the glass. Glad I finally got the chance to try this behemoth. It definitely deserves it’s spot up there with HopSlam, Dreadnaught and Hop 15. My dream would be a blind tasting with all these on draft!