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RATINGS: 1481   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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This ale marks our journey to the only place on the planet where fresh hops are harvested in our spring, the Southern Hemisphere. Our task was daunting-we needed to get the hops picked, dried, flown halfway across the world and into our brew kettle in a little over a week’s time. The result is a North-by-South fusion of fresh New Zealand hops blended with the finest North American malts. Its robust hop character presents an intriguing floral-citrus aroma leading to layers of fresh-hop spiciness. Enjoy!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
twindadplus2 (598) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Nice copper color with a small creamy beige head. Aroma of sweet malt and earthy hops. Flavor is a nicely combined taste of sweet, roasted malt pine and citrus hops. Outstanding body and mouthfeel make this a great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2008
I don’t know how I missed this when it first came out, so it’s a bit past prime, but still drinking nicely enough. Pours a copper with a healthy firm creamy offwhite colored head. The nose first seems spicy to citrusy in hop character. A little sweet, darker malt for an IPA with hints of toast. Maybe a bit of soap and a suggestion of alcohol. Slick and soapy with lower than average carbonation and a bit of viscosity. Sharper hop note, though perhaps a bit past prime. Orangy hops, toast, some alcohol. A bit of off astringency. Lingering vanilla and tannins almost. Perhaps slightly oaky? Leaves the mouth dry.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eli723 (20) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
A decent beer that harnesses a modest golden creamy head, purely golden color, and somewhat hoppy flavor. More malty and bitter than I anticipated. A good tasting burp beer. Not the best though.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (3213) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2008
great looking beer! beautiful orange/amber pour, and a thick off white head, wonderful full hop aroma, big notes of citrus, and zest. Flavour is much of the same, super juicy mouthfeel, and body. A great IPA, and incredibly drinkable, and great to have while watching the NFL.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillWyce (740) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2008
24oz. bottle poured into English pint. Pours amber color with lots of carbonation and a nice head. Mild floral hop aroma with some citrus. Nice, smooth palate. Has a nice, sloid hoppy taste that lingers in the mouth and slightly intensifies after swallowing. A very nice ale that isn’t too heavy for summertime drinking.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Phenomenal color, aroma and sharp hoppy flavor were pronounced. I would consider this to be much more of a double IPA in flavor. I don’t know if this was dry-hopped or not but it sure does smell/taste like it. This seasonal is not too shabby for a hot summer’s day.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 4, 2008
THOUGHTS: Nice balance. Lots of citrus hops, which were very similar to West Coast hops, but slightly different. Plenty of malt to back things up. This IPA ranks right up there with some DIPAs. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium orange with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished, but left good lacing. The aroma was light to moderate caramel malt and a little grain, and lots of citrus (lemon, lime, orange and mostly grapefruit) hops. The intensity of the aroma went in and out though. The initial flavor was heavily sweet and lightly acidic and bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and heavily bitter with an average to long duration. There was caramel malt, grapefruit and other citrus hops and some floral hops that reminded me of roses. The medium body was sort of oily and juicy with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6277) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2008
bottle. Pours orange copper with an off white head. Sweet citric and floral aroma with some nice spicy hop notes coming through. Smooth body. The flavor is well balanced, floral, spicy and grassy. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1318) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2008
2008 Bottle.Yum! Great deep amber color and light bright head. Wonderful fruity hoppy light pine nose. Top half of glass is light fruity hoppy crisp. Last drink peppery and round. Spicy. At $4.49 a pop I’ve got to go stock up on a couple of these.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2008
Huge head on a bronze-amber body, grassy, woody hops with a hint of spiciness. Warm, inviting, heavy with a dry, pure, bitterness that lasts a long time. Heady, some alcohol apparent. Really fresh and nice, a bit too heavy for a springtime ale. Overall, a well done beer.


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