smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tell me that this isn’t totally cool. Custom made for our style brewmania! I chose to start with the more delicate hallertau hop to see what happens....
Typical look--copper amber color, clear. Good initial ring lace. A fine head that settles to a thin bubble layer.
Absolutely beautiful aroma that reminds me of the finer Czech pilsners, not that that is surprising. Floral and succulent. Excellent darker pale malt base. In short, a superb smell.
The taste is harshly bitter with almost a hot pepper bite. The swallow is particularly dry-ish and lip-smacking. The aftertaste seems to last forever and is like sucking on a hop pellet. Not very balanced. I like the body--a bit above average with a carbonation level to match.
jkwalking05 (3646) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Backlog) 12 oz bottle. Clear look, copper colored, thinner light tan beige colored head. The smell is spicy, herbal hop quality, pleasant, seemingly what you would want and expect out of this hop. The taste is light bitterness, 2nd lightest of the set, more subtle in context a
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 9, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - Copper amber body with an active off-white head.
S - Buttery croissant bread, grassy hops, orange citrus.
T - Lemon grassy hops, peppery spice, toasted grainy malt, hints of artificial fruit in the background. The malt turns bready and sweet toward the end with the grassy hops holding on strong through the finish.
M - Medium bodied, crisp, medium carbonation.
This reminded me of an English bitter except for the malt. Doesn’t hold up as an IPA but good and interesting beer nonetheless.
Serving type: bottle
Brandon1989 (239) - Euless, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
from notes: lots of smoke with this beer. pours a thick frothy head and transparent copper. the aroma is citrusy pine, floral, and orange. the taste is very good. sort of a mix of citrusy pine hop bitterness up front and a very bready aftertaste.
madmitch76 (14486) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
15th June 2011
Clear and bright amber beer, good white head. Semi soft and semi dry palate. Fresh orange hops but with a bitter edge that keeps going. Dry finish with a carbonated sting. Nice orange!
Huhzubendah (2421) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer appears clear and orange to copper in color, with a dense inch of off-white head. Plenty of lacing clings to the pint glass. The aroma offers hops, lemon zest, malt, pine. Decent flavor, with additional notes of toasted bread. Another balanced IPA, this one has a healthy malt presence. Lingering bitterness, with pine, toast, and dank hops. Medium bodied, with solid carbonation. Overall, a decent beer, but not a great IPA. One of the better beers in this series, in my opinion.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-13-2011
DrnkMcDermott (2781) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Once again, I let these sit in my fridge since last July, expecting to do a grand YouTube comparison of all 6 at a time. It wasn’t to be. So I’ll strain myself into just doing two at a time. Tonight its Zeus and Hallertau.
The Hallertau kicks up a robust head over bright copper beer. The bubbles pop away, releasing a fragrant hop aroma that seems more American now. A few more minutes, and it shows a bit of peppery German hop, as in "normal" beer smell. Taste starts with a nice malt texture, and a separate thread of hop bitterness on the top of the tongue. Despite the noble hops, it has a definite APA character, aided no doubt by the darker malt bill. Hop bitterness settles to the soft palate in back of my mouth. These two left a much better impression than the EKG and Simcoe versions I’d tried before.
SDalkoholic (2141) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BevMo: Created a thick fluffy topping of frothy head while the liquid was a dense copper color. In the aroma, there is a subtle usage of hops that smell somewhat zesty, but there is a balancing nose of Sammy styled malts too. The flavor is sweet and yet bitter with a notice of honey and a thick taste of tea. There’s also a minor hint of the signature malts that are always found in Sam Adams beers.
bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich copper, brilliantly clear. Nice head. Muted aroma not offering much. sweetness up front which gives way to a standard pale ale bitterness. Lingers a bit. Just a good average drinking pale style
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep copper pour with some off-white head. Nose of pine and floral hops with some caramel. Flavor is citrus, resin, and malt.