ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2008 Pours a gorgeous clear amber color with a bog fluffy white head. Aroma is almost straight pine hops with maybe a little citrus smell hiding in there somewhere. Very "green" smell too, lawn clippings and garden centers.
Flavor is more of the piney hops with a pretty decent malt backbone holding iot all together. The fresh hop flavor is there too in that lawn clipping kind of way. This was a nice IPA. Not screw-your-face-up bitter, but the hops were certainly good and strong.
Lowe1983 (1319) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of caramel and citrus and pine hops. Flavor is the same with a decent bitter finish. It has that green flavor from the fresh hops that I love. Very good.
Beerman6686 (3719) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a nice translucent orange color with a nice off white head. Aroma was of nice fresh piney hops. Flavor was much the same as the aroma, very well balanced and extremely drinkable. Too bad SN cant make anything good besides ipa’s
kevd193213 (837) - 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 (1279) - 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 SN’s autumnal Harvest Ale. A solid, flavorful IPA that brings big flavor at a very reasonable price. If you haven’t tried this one yet, go get a bottle now.
DrnkMcDermott (2737) - 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. SN’s 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.