gregwilsonstl (1128) - Missouri, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Straw color. Delicious. This is an amazing ipa. nice balance. Great focus on hops.
seymour (1465) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 17, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled on tap at the 2012 Schlafly Hop In The City festival. It poured a light golden amber color with weak white head. As far as I know, this is my first exposure to Nelson Sauvin hops, and I agree with the white wine grape and tropical fruit descriptions, I also picked-up some musky Cluster-ish aroma. Very unique and pleasing aroma hops. But, as with Schlafly’s Galaxy IPA, the flavor didn’t live up to it. I feel there were far too many bittering hops relative to the weaker malt bill. Flavor was overly bitter, nearly harsh, mushy vegetal soup body, weak carbonation. Overall, a badly balanced beer which is a bummer, because it started out so strong. Reduce the early hops and increase the grain complexity and I predict it would become a great beer. Then again, perhaps this was just a stale batch and/or didn’t benefit from being run-through cold-crash festival ice boxes.
phaleslu (6701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2012 Pours a mostly clear orange-gold color with a finger of lasting, barely off-white head. Aroma of fruity hops, pale and bready malts, dry grains, and pineapple. The hops are not as forthcoming as I’d expected, perhaps based on the Southern Hemisphere IPA. Flavor of fruity, citrusy hops, tropical fruits, sweet and pale malts, crackers, and dry grains. Really dries up on the finish, as I noticed with the Optic Golden Ale, as well. Light-medium bodied, with an initially fruity, then dry mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Solid, though I like the fruitier, juicier Nelson Sauvin IPAs a bit more; I think the Optic malts just really dry it up.
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Monstrously hoppy, this is by far the hoppiest beer I’ve ever had from Schlafly, and it’s really good! Tons of oily, earthy pine and pungent citrus, dried lemon and grapefruit peel, and a slightly fruity finish make this one delicious beer. Kind of reminded me of an earthy version of PtE. Body is medium with an oily, earthy, bitter finish. Nice to see Schlafly going into double IPA territory and doing such a good job of it.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Cask and Cod festival at the Tap Room) hazy orange with very small white head. Aroma of citrus/fruit. Flavor is pineapple/peach/grapefruit, a little mustiness and bready malt. I really liked it - no one else in my group did.
vyvvy (4080) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy golden orange with a nice sized off-white head. The aroma has more balance than I expected with a bigger version of the optic malt than was in the optic golden ale with nice bread and light toast. The hops have the fruity/grapey Nelson Sauvin traits, but not as big as expected. There is also some cattiness, funk, mild grapefruit and light tropical fruits. Medium / full body that’s pretty big for an IPA with mild carbonation on the finish. The flavor starts off with much of what the aroma predicted and seems somewhere between and IPA and IIPA. The grape/fruit Nelson Sauvin notes come out a bit more as well. The finish has a bit more spiciness and crispness to it and a small bit of warmth from the alcohol. For a brewery that held off for soooooo long on doing IPAs and hoppy beers, they are hitting winner after winner on these things. Hats off to Schlafly for another great IPA.