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RATINGS: 1510   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 weekís 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!


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2898) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2008
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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mrhopsbeertalk (202) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Weak at best... Iíve had this before and itís been much better. This years version is soft and malty. The aroma is vague, lemony but mostly dirty dishwater. The flavor is also vague, harsh and lacks any hop notes or bitterness

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aggiebob (235) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Draft. Copper coloring with a white head. The lacing is nice. Bitterness level is medium.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aquilo (585) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 24, 2015
This one is a mixed bag. Clear dark amber with a thick head and lovely lace. Aroma is floral shampoo. It smells nice, but I donít want to put it in my mouth. Flavor is dry and mild, just a little bit bitter. Medicinal aftertaste. Kinda weird, but not horrible.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (2628) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Draft. Nose is moderate lemon with a light tropical note. Faint malt sweetness, honey. Very clear pale orange. Taste is moderately tropical and immediately falls flat in the malt. Almost watery. Very thin. Too the point of being detrimental to the hops. Low bitterness. Overall the aroma kills but needs a bit more in the mouthfeel and hop flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7452) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 21, 2015
Bottled. Medium to dark brown. Grassy, piny nose, earthy hops, some grapefruit. Rich malt, a touch of caramel. Interesting and very drinkable beer. Did not blow me away with the NW-like hops I expected. Instead, more balanced, earthy show. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (9452) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2015
Bottle 710ml @ Hotel room, Comfort Inn Downtown, Washington, DC
Pours hazy amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, citrus, pine, floral and grass. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long slightly dry, malty, caramel, citrus and floral finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (15191) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2015
Bottle, 24oz. An unclear, amber colored beer topped by a dense, finger-thick light beige head. The aroma is grassy and quite piney. Some flower notes and resins. Not much malts, but some nutty hints are present. Itís full.bodied and with a pleasant carbonation level, quite dry the palate. Thereís a decent bitterness going on, but the levels of hop flavors are in my opinion too low. A nutty, biscuity maltyness provides the backdrop. Some metallic hints in the very end. A tasteful and easy drinkable beer, but as an IPA I think it fails. 150619

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maddog (445) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Draft at the NC brewery. Pours a clear dark Amber with aromas of malt and mild floral hops. A good beer, but Southern Hemisphere hops are not my favorite. Fruity, mild with some floral spiciness in the finish. Refreshing and fresh.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
High_in_NM (22) - Los Alamos NM, New Mexico, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Growler from local Smithís served at room temperature. Copper pour with giant off-white head but only moderate carbonation. Hop aroma was not nearly as strong as I was expecting. Taste is standard middle of the road IPA body and bitterness - nothing special. Not bad, but I expected much more from this one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (765) - CANADA - JUN 6, 2015
Pours clear pale amber with three fingers of pillowy off-white head, excellent retention and lacing. (5/5) Nose is citrus, pine, floral, caramel malt. (7/10) Taste is mild to moderate sweet, moderate bitter, mild peppery spice. (8/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter and slightly spicy finish. (4/5) Now that is a heckuva sessionable IPA - a decently dry finish and a well-integrated moderately strong ABV make this a beer you can quite enjoy having a couple of, while the flavours are sufficiently bright and complex to keep you interested. Both the body and the sweetness are perfectly suited to support the hop-forward character without detracting from it, making the beer a decent showcase for NZ hops. (I keep wanting to think thereís a little vinous character in there, but I canít really pin it down. Something a little more adventurous would have been nice.) Recommended. (16/20)


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