jkwood04 (4963) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big can. Looks amber. Aroma of floral and lightly citrusy hops, some pale and caramel malts, and dough. Flavor the same. Average texture. Pretty boring.
polo_marco (44) - milton, Vermont, USA - NOV 6, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice strong aroma. Nice light amber color. Taste is phenomenal tropical mango pineapple papaya with some grapefruit rind taste finishing off with a heavy pine resin clean finish on the palate nice and dry with a hoppy finish delicious all the way through love the switch of hops even though I haven’t tried hop switch prior nice clean finish would love to try it with different hops keep them coming Sebago
WillRunForBeer (1735) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint at the Portland brewpub. Pours copper gold with an off white head. Aroma is mostly pine, some caramel, grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit, apricot, pine. Pine resin bitter in the finish.
DrSilverworm (9108) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
5oz on tap at Cask Republic. From a cask. Clear amber color. Thin white head, fades to a minimal ring. Medium body. Very light carbonation. Mild slick. Sort of watery overall. Some caramel, toasty malt. Some peppery kind of spicy hop. Moderate sweet taste, light to moderate bitter. An alright cask IPA.
AirForceHops (5030) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Four pack purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Portsmouth, NH. 2015 edition. Orange Amber color with fast dying head. Aroma is scallions, mild onion and fresh cut grass clippings.
This years hop has to be Mosaic. The onion, scallion and grass flavors are completely focused through the sip with just enough pale malt to give a backbone for balance. The bitterness is very low and displays a dry texture. This brewery has done a few different additions of this beer and all of the single hop variations are under this one entry. This one showcases the Mosaic hop very nicely.
johnnnniee (3164) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle picked up today from the Bodega
Lightly hazy golden color with a smallish bubbly white head. Aromas of bready biscuity malt with a fair amount of pine resin and dankness. Light orange and tropical fruitiness provide some nice balance. The flavor is sweet bread and biscuits with a hint of honey. Moderate resinous and tropical fruit hop flavors with a mild bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent brew but the flavors have me wondering the true age of this bottle.
puboflyons (2711) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Hazy yellow pour leading up to a modest white head that eventually fades down. Aroma of toasted malts and floral and earthy hops. Fairly typical. Body is medium. The taste also has a good hop bite that penetrates the senses and lingers casually at the end. I think I liked it better than the majority of RB raters.
jdobbs (411) - New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas are hugely hoppy, grassy, tropical fruit, dry, berries, pine and resin. Really grassy. Flavors are grassy, bitter and quite clean, fruity, tropical fruit, citrus. Medium bodied, good carbonation, lightly warming with a dry and bitter finish.
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ gmellison. Thanks to Luke for sending ! Pours a slightly dark orange appearance with a cream colored head. Slightly dank and piney hoppy nose with some grapefruit and resin. Moderate light sweetness. Doughy, crackery flavor. Lots of citrus. Clean and easy drinking. Nice.
Chad9976 (1506) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. It appears to have been bottled on 5/11/14 and cost $3 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Golden/light orange hue over a hazy body. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which mostly dissipates, but does leave plenty of lacing on the glass.
Smell: Dank resiny earthy character, plus some herbs and a touch of orange citrus.
Taste: There’s definitely a “je na sais quois” character to a lot of IPAs coming out of the New England states. They’ve got a little of everything: tropical fruit; spices; and pine. Though there’s still sub-genres even within this niche style. Sebago Brewing Company’s 2014 Hop Swap is a good example of what I mean since it tends to lean more toward the traditional “East Coast style” IPA with a rustic, earthy approach, but still has that New England-style character.
The malt bill to this beer is quite interesting as it uses two English specialty malts in addition to “flaked barley” (Two-row is the base malt). It’s not particularly sweet, but there’s enough malty backbone to give the palette a consistency instead of being simply carbonated hop water. As for the hops, well, there’s plenty of those. Dank, resiny pine flavor is prominent from start to finish as well as a strong - but not overbearing – bitterness. A crisp hop bite at the crest of the swig followed by slight herbal/earthy (green tea, tree bark) flavor on the back end. Slightly dry in the aftertaste, but it fades quickly. Overall, a very delicious taste that’s consistently fun and enjoyable to drink.
Drinkability: Sebago Hop Swap has the robustness of a hefty brew, but the body itself does not. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but always crisp and leaves no cloying aftertaste. It’s got a ton of flavor for 6.7% ABV, maybe even a little more than you’d expect.