DrnkMcDermott (2717) - 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.
Rob_D_UK (461) - Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear amber with a long frothy head. Aroma is fresh hops, piny. Flavour is of earthy hops. The end is not bitter
hotstuff (3578) - Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated on 9-23-2009 (24oz. bottle) When poured, this beer forms a large frothy ivory head that mostly diminished, hazy orange golden body, fair amount of lacing, and lively, fast rising carbonation. The Aroma is malty, citrus, pine hops, and spicy. The Taste is crisp, caramel, citrus, pine hops, and spicy. The Palate is clean and smooth. This beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer has a lingering hoppy aftertaste, worth trying, and a beer for hopheads.
Lonick (321) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I might be scoring this lower because i was expecting so much more. This is a little too safe a little to slight to be the beer i was hoping for. Nice enough but it just lacks something, a depth that something like the the hoptimum has.
culchiem (2048) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clean golden color with a medium head. Aroma is medium hop. Flavour is spicy hop, not overly bitter, smooth finish.
Dervock (387) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - pours hazy burnt orange with a big white head. Citrus and floral hops, stone fruit, caramel malt and creamy aroma. Lots of hoppy bitterness balanced by the citrus and floral notes whole thing lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is creamy. Says on the label it’s a fresh hop ale and the hops certainly dominate.
JonMoore (1661) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle- cloudy amber with large white head. Floral piney hop aroma. Lovely hoppy, piney, bitter flavour. Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Very pleasant long bitter finish. Excellent.
Jamedra (270) - Hostivice, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Láhev 710 ml. Aroma je velmi příjemné chmelové s nádechem žlutého melounu a oříšků. Pěna je zlatobílá, jemná, vysoká a držící. Barva samotného piva je tmavší opálová. Chuť má sladový střed s ovocným nádechem a lehkými karamelovými podtóny, finiš je slabší kávově hořký s lehkým alkoholovým závojem. Vcelku se jedná o velmi zajímavé pivo s originální chutí a krásným aroma.
gschrade (355) - Collinsville, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours amber with a off white head. Taste. Citrus, pine, hoppy. I thought this was pretty good. I would definitely drink this again.
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varanid99 (351) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly cloudy amber with an off white head. Pine, grapefruit, honey on the nose. Piney, honey, malty flavours with grapefruit and bitter finish.
to14go (28) - ISRAEL - OCT 31, 2013
4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Strong amber color. Nice hops aroma, not so strong but nice. Medium body. Well balanced. Easy bitterness w/ some biscuits and malt tastes.
Long bitter finish.