EarlyCuyler (12) - Missouri, USA - SEP 24, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Itís back! On tap at the Schlafly Tap Room. This is by far my favorite beer on the planet. This brew is exploding with hop aroma and flavor. Because itís wet-hopped, the aroma and flavor are "in your face", but it lacks the harshness of many APAs. At 6.7% ABV (this year), it packs a punch but drinks as smoothly as a 4% ABV beer. If you get a chance to try this fresh, itís unforgettable. As good as it gets for an APA.
phaleslu (7600) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint from the first cask of Hop Harvest released in 2010, last night at Patís Bar and Grill in the Dogtown neighborhood of St. Louis. Pours a hazy orange-gold color with a thick, just barely off-white head that sticks all over the glass. The hops explode out of the glass as you start to bring it up, which is very nice- but there isnít much else to the aroma. Those hops give the nose some earth, pine, pepper, and citrus characteristics, though. The flavor could also be described the same way- fresh hops, earth, pine, pepper, and citrus. Light-bodied, with a piney, earthy mouthfeel and low carbonation because of the cask conditioning. This is a nice IPA that almost reminds me a of a heavily dry hopped APA. The Schlafly guy who tapped this said it would show up at a few more bars this fall and at their Hop in the City event, so be sure to go find it while you can because they didnít make much.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2009
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
#6 of the blind wet hop tasting. Clear, amber with creamy off-white head. Smells like sulphor. Flavor is sweet malt, herbally, green hop, bitter, sulphor. Medium with light carbonation. Not very good.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
growler from drewbeer me....pours a clear apple cider brown with a thin soapy white head....
aroma of rotted fruit, vegetably, and semi-sweet...
flavors of sweet tropical fruit, somewhat oily. soft mouthfeel
holdenn (2094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Kan Presents: Fresh Hops - a blind tasting. Pours a copper gold with an off white head. Nose of lemon, malts and faded earthy herbal hops. Light body lemon catty citrus flavors with a funky dirty notes. Lightly sweet malts that are complemented with the hops well. Drinkable brew. 7/3/7/3/14 = 3.4
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler in trade from xmarcnolanx. Thanks Marc!
Pours a nice semi hazy, nutty amber color with a smallish beige head. Smell is sweet and fruity caramel, pine, and some dank hops. Nice and sweet and perfumy hop nose at first. Taste is malty and a touch cardboardy, in a way. Hops don’t come across as fresh as in the nose, but there are still some nice pine and fruity flavors along with the dank hops and musty flavor. Medium body and carbonation. Overall, a pretty enjoyable IPA.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light orange color with less head than expected for a harvest ale. Lots of lacing. Aroma is hops and some light citrus. Flavor is hops, sweet fruit, and not very bitter. Mouthfeel isn’t remarkable. On tap.
TwoDudes (77) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 22, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at The Nachbar - Pour a hazy orange amber color. Aroma is all grapefruit from the Simcoe dry-hopping. Palate is balanced and slightly on the malty side. Not as bitter as one would think, but all of the great fresh hop qualities definitely come through. One of my favoorite beers ever. I can’t wait until next October to try it again.
Narnad (1504) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap at the table at the St. Louis brewpub. Arrived golden in color with a thick head and low carbonation. Aroma has a very floral hoppiness to it with a slight citrus hops aroma. Beer has a very floral hops flavor up front with a slight malty hint and ends with a very citrus end note. Smooth and merges the flavors very well with almost no alcohol taste. Awesomely hopped beer!
JoeinDahlem (1378) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Amber color, thin head. Big, fresh, juicy floral-and-grapefruit-hop nose. Flavor starts sweet and a bit fruity, rolling into a wave of bitterness that sticks long into the aftertaste. Great aroma but the bitterness was a bit harsh for my taste, with the flavor caught between.