Chad9976 (1157) - 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.
Strife21 (139) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber with ahalf a finger of head. Smell is huge amoungs of mango and citrus with notes of pine and resin. Taste starts off slightly sweet with mango and citrus followed by pine and hops on a bitter finish. Medium body, medium carbonation.
Lukaduke (2118) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich warm golden color with a bit of haze and a finger or two of sticky eggshell foam. Nose is fruit forward with some tropical, citrus, pine and a touch of cheese and stale grass as well. The palate rolls with nice level of backend sweet malt, toasted grain and layers of pineapple, spruce, citrus peel, grapefruit, straw, grass clippings lead into a mellow bitter finish.
kseecs16 (1193) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Portland location. Pours a light orange golden with a creamy off white head. Aroma is rich sweet citrus and pine and delivers a very fresh bright orange citrus and resin pine flavor. Medium bodied and nicely balanced. Smooth mouth feel with a pleasant carbonation.
kramer (4894) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours a slightly cloudy and hazy gold body with a small wispy white head. The nose is decent, citrusy and fairly bright with some caramel malt. The flavor is fairly bright as well with a nice fresh tasting citrusy hoppiness. Mild to moderate caramel malt sweetness on the finish. Light to medium bodied with a lingering bitter finish. OK, probably the best of the bunch as far as what was on tap that day.
Leighton (10681) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at the Portland branch. Pours clear, yellow-gold with a lasting, creamy white head. Nice dank citrus nose, some pee, mango, grapefruit. Medium sweet flavor with nice tropical fruit notes, mango, kiwi, papaya, grapefruit. Medium bodied with fine, smooth carbonation. Mellow resins to finish, lots of tropical fruit hops, balancing pale malt sugars, subtle alcohol boost. Very solid IPA.
czar (4261) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at brewpub. clear pale golden with a creamy white head, good retention and lacing. watermelon, citrus and tropical hops. honeyed malts, hint of caramel and sweetness. average carbonation, light body - oily, nice citrusy short to medium long finish. nice one.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub with Kramer, Andrew, and J-Dadmond in between sessions of The Festival. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Sweet grain, soft hops. Grain with a bit of candy sweetness. Soft malt and grapefruit on the finish.
BeerandBlues2 (9586) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the source. Pours lightly hazy gold with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is dank and citrus hops with biscuit malt. Flavor is grapefruit, dank and herbal hops, moderate bitterness, crisp malt and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Travlr (10213) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at rhe source. Hazy yellow color, white edge head. Aroma of grass and citrus. Taste is bitter citrus.