hershiser2 (1147) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
$4.49 bomber from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville. Pours cloudy amber-brown with a large beige head. Smells of citrus hops and pine. Taste is crisp grapefruit, light soap, light pine, roasted malts, and leaves.
DruncanVeasey (6621) - NUNEATON, Conference Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big bottle in some unfathomable US system of units, split with the missus. Soupy honey pour with a steady vanilla-hued Belgian collar. Smells like the backyard at Sandy Lane; evocative Californian (!?) aroma of juicy peach, honeyed sweetness, peach iced tea, slight leafiness, caramel and pine. Peachy sweet with robust countering bitterness; stewed tea, pungent liquorice lurking in the shadows, dried spices. Honey and chocolate. It would annoy me if there wasnít that hop freshness and punch of liquorice and bitterness there. Balanced and humming. Although expresses none of the characteristics I associate with NZ hops.
johninmelb (1116) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Corks of Cotham. Mmm, thatís tasty. Tons of powerful, wet-hop notes with all the mustiness, candy, tropical fruit, citrus and lemonade that entails. Excellent balance provided by the honey malts and a long, sprucy finish that demands another big swig. Really, really nice. Oh, and it looks gorgeous.
GraveAtSea (52) - Lublin, POLAND - OCT 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Color: amber, a bit hazy, nice. Big dirty white foam, staying a long time, lacing glass. Aroma: Mild and soft. White fruits, lychees, fresh hop cone, white wine - moscatel, melon. Taste: mainly white fruits, lychees, yellow melon, hop cones a bit caramel and herbs. Good bitterness, not too much strong. Medium body with a long bitter finish. Nice, very drinkable beer.
jerd16 (71) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Malty malty and more malt. Doesnít smell or taste highly hopped. Just a poorly balanced malt-fest....with medium bitterness. If there was any citrus there it must have been eaten by the malt monster. Its only saviour comes in the fact that it has a wonderful facade with an off white 2-finger head and a silky mouth-feel coming from soft steadfast carbonation.
flygrade (7) - New York, USA - OCT 3, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stats: Fresh Hop Ale / American IPA / 6.7% / IBU: 66
A: Strong forest-like aroma, hops & spruce, woody.
A: Amber/Dark Orange in color with frothy off-white every-lasting head that sits about a 1/4 inch thick on top of the beer.
T: Intense hoppy bitterness up front. Surprisingly sweet despite the bitterness. Fresh New Zealand hops mixed with American malt provides a unique caramel spruce flavor.
P: Medium bodied, slick, average carbonation, lingering hops.
O: Nice hoppy brew. Best enjoyed on a mid-autumn day in a small New England town while raking fallen leaves into a pile for neighborhood children to jump in and destroy!
24 oz. bottle, drank while surfing the internet after lazily laying around the house all day.
Beginning gravity: 14.7 Plato
Ending gravity: 3.9 Plato
Malts: Pale and Caramel
Yeast: Top-fermenting ale yeast
Bittering hops: Pacific Halertau
Finishing hops: New Zealand Motueka and New Zealand Southern Cross
SpongeRuiner (423) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Matching Beer Advocate rating. Donít remember it much. Still need to try the Northern.
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2013
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a dark cloudy orange with a small white head leaving decent lacing down the glass.
Smells of a little grassiness with a slight citrus/tropical fruit aroma.
Taste is very one dimensional. Very astringent earthy bitterness overpowers everything else and no other flavors really stand out.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.
A huge miss from a usually solid brewer. Iíll try another next year a little fresher, but this was so bad, I donít think itíll help much.
Storm_Warning (69) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Currently drinking whilst typing. On draft in Benson & Blakes. Sweet smooth toffee and caramel on the nose with a floral and earthy hop blend. Appears as a rusty orange amber colour vessel with a thick pillow like off white head which sustains well. Flavour is of grassy and floral hops which blend perfectly with the sweet caramel and toffee flavours from the malts, slightly spicy with gentle bitterness. Velvety smooth on the tongue with slight tingles from the spicy hops, full bodied with a lively looking carbonation which is actually very smooth. Overall, with its lower level of bitterness (in comparison to the Northern Hop Harvest), smoother textures and drinkability, this one is a real Titan! Absolutely wonderful, go get some!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
JKaranka (35) - Cardiff, WALES - SEP 25, 2013
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Malty and spicey aroma, some hops. Colour is light brown, slightly muddy. Taste-wise it isnít great. Very malty and sweet, with some not very clear spicy flavours from the hops. Very sweet, very malty, very thick to the palate. Bitterness isnít very clean, and lasts for a long while. I could barely drink this one (and Iím ok with both IPAs and milds). Itís pretty much thick and trickly, with some awful hops in. No apparent NZ hop character, so if you taste it and you donít get tropical fruit or white wine, do not worry; I didnít get it either.