HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
24oz Bottle: 11th Anniversary - Pours a clear orange, copper with a few fingers of light tan head. The aroma is soft citrus with a hint of pine. The hops have a noticeably green smell you would expect. A mellow citrus and some toffee lead the taste with an overall smooth, balanced character. This beer improved as it got cooler. Overall it is very good, while not exceptional or as good as I remember the draft versions from years past. Am I glad I have three more bottles? Heck yeah!
luvcasks (178) - USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
11th Anniversary - Harvest Ale
Looks like a classic Celebration or Pale Ale from the past with a head similar as well.
Not a huge aroma.. smells of pine, floral notes and some toasty maltyness
Taste is just a little odd seems mixed up with the toasty malt notes competing with flavors of pine and some citrus. What throws this thing off for me is the tea like astringency.
If this is meant to show-case the fresh-hop flavors there is a lot lost in translation... the aroma is not impressive and the astringency is very distracting
Sorry... I have to say atleast the 24oz bottled version for 2007 is a big disappointment
emacgee (4287) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2008 Pours a clean crisp copper with a two finger creamy off white head. The nose is extremely fresh hops, man you can smell those hop buds, sweet, citrusy, resiny. The flavor is strong waxy resiny hops, very fresh hops here too. Citrus peel, very spicy hops, crisp, carbonated mouthfeel, waxy lasting finish. Very enjoyable ipa.
adrian910ss (2410) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
24 oz bottle. Pours a semi clear ruby orange with a medium beige head. Aroma of faint floral hops, pine and some citrus. Taste is a mellow citrus and pine hoppy delight with slight floral tones and a tea finish. Very nice.
acearl (409) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2010 2007 11th Edition. Labled as Harvest Fresh Hop Ale...Sample on tap led me to purchase 2 x 24oz bottles. Rust hue with light tan creamy lasting head with decent lacing. Smells fresh, not overly fragrent hops, medium hops slightly citrusy. Examplified by use of green/fresh hops...Crisp palate lightly carbonated, hints or caramel for sweetness and roasted nuts, and mildly bitter aftertaste. Very enjoyable, good seasonable...Re-rate í08, í09 nice and balanced not overly hoppy, rerate í10 Same dice, not overly hoppy, nice and smooth
after4ever (6504) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
24-oz. 2007. Pours deep rubied crystal clear dark amber with a towering, thick, surging off-white head. Nose is a shocking disaster based on what Iíd expect from this brewer and this beer: sweat and must. I actually said "awwww..." out loud like I was talking to a little kid who was sad. Medium body, pleasantly tingly carb, forward nutty and toasty flavors. Rich resiny creosotey hop carries from the attack through the finish. This is one of those true classic beers that you always grab a pint of, but at this point I have serious reservations about the 07 bottles. Maybe this one didnít get cold enough before serving? I dunno.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2011 On tap at the Brickskeller, rating from memory. Fine looking amber pour, with massive wet hop aroma - much more floral and pungent than the usual SN bitterness (which is also enjoyable). Decent malt profile, and fine balance, but this is all about the sticky goodness.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured into a tulip. pours a clear orange copper with high frothy white head. sweet smooth hoppy aroma, light smooth front to fresh hoppy middle, to slight bitter finish. good, slightly complex, with a slight bitter lingering aftertaste.
BelgianBeerGal (3319) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the 11th edition. Very nice IPA, slightly better than their standard and the anniversary ale. My only knock is that it fell a little flat with bitterness at the finish.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
9/23/07 On draught at the Fremont Oktoberfest, Seattle. Aroma is very good but too low and smells like a faint floral hop and sweet malt blend that I wish was more powerful to really breathe in. Appearance is clear gold with a low white head. Flavor is definitely a different kind of hop character with a resiny citrus character dominating, followed by a grassy/sweet malt note; very well blended. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium carb feel. Overall, this was fairly good, but I just expected a better hop aroma for a fresh hop beer, but canít say Iíve had a lot of these, so maybe thatís just how they are.