spikester (604) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Since the hop season was last year I can assume this beer is about five months old. Pours clear amber with a big inch of of white fluffy head. Very nicely laced. Aroma is citrus and caramel. Taste is full citrus bitter hops with a bit of leather and a very supportive caramel malt backbone. Mouthfeel is full and a bit wine like. Drinkability is very good for an IPA. Slightly sweet for the style but hops probably have faded a bit due to age.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear dark amber with a beige creamy head that lingers with a froth on top and leaves plenty of lacing. Piny hops, lemons, grass, and a malty sweet backbone to the aroma. Flavor is hoppy bitter, sweet malt, with light alcohol noticeable in the finish. A bit sticky sweet.
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. average rocky/fizzy tan head that didn’t last too long into cloudy orange body (minimal lacing was present). aromas of mod citrus and resit hops and moderate caramel and some earthiness. flavors: initially lt - mod bittersweet into mod bitter. long finish duration. sticky mouthfeel. damn fine IPA
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden color with a nice herbal hop aroma. Flavor has some nice hop freshness with a bitter & oily feel. Good, though certainly inferior to their regular Harvest Ale.
harrisoni (16051) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
8 fl oz bottle from Utobeer at the rather steep asking price of 7 quid so it had better be good. Orange amber colour, completely clear with thin off white head. Vegetal hop aroma which is ok, but not beautifully hoppy as I had expected. Quite carbonated in mouth that leads to a certain thinness in the mouth.. Bit of fullness in the swallow, but the malts are a bit muted, some caramel and toffee, but not overly exciting or assertive. The finish is the best aspect of this beer. Good peppery fresh hop. I suppose I was expecting more of a hop bomb. The finish really is quite good. But the aroma and mouthfeel could be better. Given the price I could have bought a Stone Ruination IPA and an Oakham’s Bishop’s Farewell and I know which option I would have gone for. So overall a very pleasant hoppy beer, but it doesn’t really shine.
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very resinous, medium bodied, almost slick IPA. This is a wet-hopped beer, and has the piney, woody and orangey flavors that go with it. Rather sweet malt profile, caramel, slight apples from the esters, and a considerably sugary finish to go with the bitterness. Had it from a keg at GABF, much better than from the bottles I’ve had.
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep copper pour with an off white head. Great hop aroma of citrus and floral hops along with some sweet malt. Citrus hops in the taste with caramel malt and some piney bitterness in the finish.
biznizness (1140) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty durn good IPA. The estate thing is a cool idea. I forget where I bought this... probably Brawley’s. Anyway, delish IPA, buy it if you can find it.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lucky to score a few bottles from Marty’s in Newton, Mass. Thanks to Dan for hooking me up!
Pours clear, dark copper, with a dense white head of an inch-plus. Lacework aplenty. Ripped sheets of webbed foam throughout the glass as well as a solid skim coat. Nice.
Aromatics are grassy, resinous, leafy, and herbal. Quite green and fresh in nature. Plenty of citrus, pine, and earthy moss.
Some faint malt to balance, but the hops are what puts a smile on your face.
Medium bodied with a slight chew. Sticky and tacky.
Bright citrus with hop resins up front on the palate. Leafy, fresh, and fruity. Grapefruit oils spritzed over wet grass near a forest.
Bitterness is firm and smooth, and a moderate dryness pulls though as some caramel malt balances.
Finishes with some lingering citrus fruit, resinous chew, sustaining bitterness, and a smidge of sweet malt.
Killerly quaffable with primo freshness.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from utobeer, 1 at home, 1 with garethyoung and malachi in the new crown. Aroma is massive citrus, lychee, seriously fresh amazing hop character. Taste is similar, bitter but balanced, big but not overly bold, its just amazing stuff. Id drink this every day for every day of the year and feel very very good about it.