kevd193213 (822) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Light copper pour with a generous white foamy head. Aroma of grapefruit. Taste of malt, pine, citrus and clove with a slight peppery finish. Fantastic!
LennyH (60) - Delaware, USA - JUL 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bought a case of bombers. Orange color with a big, foamy head. The smell let’s you know that this sucker is pretty hoppy. It’s drier and hoppier than their Celebration Ale for sure.
This is a really nice brew. For a company that ships so much brew they sure do a lot right. I’m anxious to try the other 2 in this trio.
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a rusty orange color with a nice two finger fluffy off white head. aroma is malt and fresh hops with a grassy, pine, orange peel to it. has a medium body with descent lacing and good carbonation. the flavor is definitely stronger than the aroma and the fresh hops just spank the tongue. has a very nice dry hop aftertaste and some of the fresh hop oils swirling around the mouth. man i love fresh hop ales’!! the hops just sit on the tongue and does not fade for a while. the aroma does come out a little more as it settles and warms. for $4.99 a 24 oz-er, unbelievable, but i have yet to find one better than great divide fresh hop.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent IPA: pours copper colored with an unmovable head that laces well. aroma is floral, pine, and citrus. flavor is nicely balanced with a strong hop tilt. citrussy and spicy mostly, but with some pine and resin notes, and good balance with a biscuity hint. medium bodied. excellent.
johntreeter (126) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
24oz bottle at Table Rock. Clear copper color with big off white head taht almost lasted and laced to the bottom. Aroma is malty and spicy, but light almost like a german lager. The taste on the other hand is a spicy hop that grabs your tongue but lets go giving way to floral notes, malty balance, and a good dry and light bitter finish. Light to med. body, dry texture and feel, and lively carbonation. Interesting brew that smells more of malt, yet tastes of hops. Good stuff my new favorite from this brewer.
Gregis (1276) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUN 30, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy, bright copper with a large, fluffy, creamy, off-white head that leaves behind thick, sticky lace. The nose is a blend of hop notes (floral, piny and lightly citric) over a light caramel malt backing. Medium-bodied and creamy-slick with a lingering, bitter, resinous finish. The flavor is of citric, resinous and spicy hops over a sweet caramel base a tasty brew. I actually prefer this to SNís autumnal Harvest Ale. A solid, flavorful IPA that brings big flavor at a very reasonable price. If you havenít tried this one yet, go get a bottle now.
DrnkMcDermott (2715) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2008 24 oz. bottle, 2008 vintage. Hey, they must have made it "normal" strength so we would all just drink it fresh. I too choose the Goose Island IPA tulip, and find a deep copper color with a sponge cake tan head. In just a few minutes of sitting before me, waves of lovely piny hops and malts have been wafting to my nose. Tasting finds that grassy knoll of fresh cut hop flowers with a hidden assassin waiting to blow the head off some taste buds. Citrus is actually lessened in the mouth. SNís web site lists the hops used as "Pacific Hallertau, New Zealand Motueka and New Zealand Southern Cross," which are apparently all based on German noble breeds, and this beer has that in spades. The concentration of hops and its freshness gives the impression of SNPA hopping style, with a matching press of caramel and crystal malts above and beyond the call of the IPA style. A rock-solid "hops across the water" beer that must be enjoyed NOW.
jeremytoni (2834) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle poured a amber color with a good amount of head. Nice hoppy flavor and aroma with a lasting finish.
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and served in my GI IPA tulip: Hazy deep golden/amber hue with a lasting frothy head and very nice lace work on the glass. The aroma has notes of catty, resiny and citric hop along with caramel and bready malts, green tea and mint. The taste is not as hoppy as expected, very balanced between the hops and malt with a kick of hop spice and citrus on the finish. The mouth feel is sharp and crisp but is a tad to metallic and astringent for the flavor profile. All in all a solid brew but I was left wanting more from the brew.
cheap (3657) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2008
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap at the Bocktown, nice place! Just a tad darker than the ubiquitous pale yellow american lager. Creamy quarter inch head that does not fade. The aroma is just plain old good beer, no sign of floral hops or pine. A little pale ale bitter but certainly not like an IPA. Very little carbonation if any can be detected but there is this slight fizz between the tongue and the roof of the mouth if you look for it. Ropey at times and perhaps even a touch of leather on the taste. Finish is all ale with itís medium lasting bitter linger. I would have never suspected this was an IPA, more on the general pale ale side of things.