glennmastrange (2359) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Moderate malt notes of roasted and caramel, heavy pine for the hops, moderate sweat smell for the yeast, with a big hit of pepper in the background. Head is average size, frothy/creamy, white with excellent lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear amber with an orange tint. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic and bitter, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a soft carbonation and a dry finish. One off aspect hurt this beer a bit, but it’s still a very drinkable IPA.
hopscotch (9844) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2010 (Rating #5600) Draft… Beautiful amber ale with a copper hue and a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Resiny, piney, musky, litter box nose. Lots of simcoe, amarillo and cascade hops really smack you right in the face. Full-bodied and creamy with stinging carbonation. Caramel and toffee malt sweetness countered and beaten down by earthy, musky hop bitterness. Crisp, bitter, tongue-numbing finish.
popery (1535) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 21, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at City Beer Store. This beer was brewed at SN’s beer camp, which was attended by City Beer’s owner, Craig. It’s a very good IPA with a big hop presence. It’s mostly pine/citrus hop notes, probably leans toward pine (a bit like SN generally). It’s quite dry with good yeast presence. I’d normally worry about too many cooks spoiling the pot with this sort of endeavor, but HopStar turned out rather well. It’s not my personal favorite of a hop bill (I lean toward Simcoe dominant (D)IPAs), but there are no real faults. The aroma is strong and clean. It’s easy to drink and quite satisfying.
bb (7052) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Nice piney/grapefruit aroma with some malt. Pine and grapefruit flavor with malt backing (not too sweet) and some fruitier flavors coming through. Medium body. Nice bitterness. Great drinking IPA. Grapefruit and pine linger with a ncie bitterness.