trevitron (10) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. First release. Pours reddish-orange, light brown. Nice looking and sparkling with thick, very foamy white head. Initial taste citrus and almost resin-like pine flavor. Hints of deep floral scent. Moderately bitter but not intense. Very lively carbonation that is pleasing but subtle. Aftertaste a very pleasing and long-lasting dryness with malty bread flavor. Not spectacular but solid and engaging. A little light for an IPA but nice, summery, and very drinkable.
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a really solid IPA. One of the best from sn. Aroma was citrus to start but then turned a little earthy towards the end of the glass. Flavor was really nice also. I would try this one again. Some similar nuances to american hops and a little spiciness on top of that.
restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - JUN 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BOTTLE: 50F. Beautiful golden pour, very thick offwhite head with generous lacing. Aroma is hops, mild citrus and floral. Flavor is very smooth and slightly dry, nice balance of bitterness. Lingering palate brings out the hoppy dry finish long afterwards. Very refreshing, not overly exciting but still enjoyable anytime.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours copper with a medium white head. Aroma of pine and citrus hops, some bready malt. Taste is pretty much the same, decent bitterness. Really fresh tasting and enjoyable.
emgesp (10) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
WOW!!! Just as good as their "Wet Hop" Ale.
This pours a copper orange, with a strong 2+ finger head.
Smell comes out very earthy, or what I would compare it to is a Christmas Tree.
This is not a fruity sweet I.P.A like some of the best I.P.A’s, but that is not a negative with this beer.
What your getting here is a I.P.A that smells and tastes organic. The hops in this beer, like the "Wet Hop Ale" are amazing and have a totally different hop charateristic than most I.P.A’s, and this is what really sets this beer apart.
This beer has a very piney attack from start to finish that really overshadows the malt characteristics, so don’t expect much comlexity with regards to the malts.
Mouthfeel is medium and be prepared to smack your lips from start to finish.
I had high expectations for this beer and I was not dissapointed. If you liked the "Wet Hop Ale" you will love this beer.
Though, the hops are dried, you would be hard pressed to tell be able to tell a difference.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear copper with a one finger off-white head. Aroma of spicy, floral, and citrus hops with a touch of sweet malt and caramel. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and a spicy grassy hoppy finish. Very good.
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours copper color with off white head. Has a grassy spicy aroma. Mouthfeel is medium. Has a spicy grassy hop profile with some malt balance on the back side. Not my favorite since I prefer a more citrusy character to my hop ales.
IrishBoy (3825) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
24 oz bottle from Hollingshead Deli; Nose of citrus and floral hops; copper with a medium beige head; flavor of caramel, light bitterness, lemon, and light spices; finish light bitterness.
jimhilt (2402) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 9, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly and leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Flavor starts almost sweet but like any IPA the hops are here but not overpowering. Slight bitter, lingering finish. $2.99 for a 24oz bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma also $4.25 for same bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.
Nik925 (749) - California, USA - JUN 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I loved S.N. Fresh Hop, so I was really excited for this one... it missed the mark. Worth drinking, and interesting to see how Washington Hops stack up against others, but the recipe needs work for next years release.