savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from the SN. Clear golden yellow with a dense white head. Aroma is pine resin, floral, citrus and some mild cereal grain. Flavor is all about the hops, lots of bitterness throughout with some light alcohol warming and just a faint malt sweetness. Medium body with average carbonation and a dry finish. Very nice IIPA, the malt is definitely in the background in this one and the hops are right in your face.
bhensonb (10206) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Liz (who got it at SN). Pours clear darkish gold with a slight bubbly/creamy white head. Aroma overwhelms the nose with lots of floral and mildly citrus hop. Caramel barely discernible. Full bodied. Hop burn in the mouth. Still think it’s floral and citrus, but the hop is so strong there could well be resin hiding within. It’s indeed NW strong, but it is fairly smooth and non-harsh. So it trumps most NW DIPAs. Damn but it is hoppy. Without burning anything. Super "drinkable hop-bomb". Brilliant ale.