ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz can poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a murky orange color. The head is a one finger off-white shade with a rather soapy-looking texture. Retention isn’t the best, but there is some lacing left behind.
S: Very nice hopping here - definitely smells like Mosaic. Grapefruit, berries, oranges, and maybe a touch of pine needle make up the aroma on the hop front. As it opens up in the glass, more of the malt comes through. And uh oh, I smell some crystal malt. Oh well, this is a good aroma, no doubt.
T: Admittedly, the Mosaic hops are showcased pretty well here. The flavors on the tongue switch from an opening of melon, a berry jam-esque middle, and a piny finish. Actually, the finish is a little disappointing: I taste way too much toffee and even plastic from the crystal malt. At least the good points of this brew easily overshadow its niggles.
M: This is why God created unfiltered IPAs: they’re so crisp and light, it’s unbelievable. Thirst quenching, too. For that, it only needs moderate carbonation to go down with such incredible ease.
O: Pretty good. I have no real experience on fresh hop ales, but I feel this would make a good starting point. On a side note, I really don’t mind how Mosaic is becoming the new "faddy" hop of choice...now if only brewers could stop using crystal malt!
zvikar (3902) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Tom C. Pours an hazy orange with a nice head, aroma of marmalade, newspaper, toffee, flavor is bitter with grapefruit, tangerine and some acidity, medium bodied.
tomer (1962) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - OCT 20, 2014
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
At a tasting, thanks Tom C., smallish bubbly head, a touch murky quite cloudy deep orange colour, herbal aroma with orange marmalade and biscuit, sweet malty flavour with a strong herbal bitterness, completely unbalanced. The harvest was probabaly quite a long time ago.
hopscotch (9953) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft... Pours clear and amber with orange highlights and a small, creamy, white head. Excellent retention. The aroma is a tough nut to crack. It’s difficult for me to pull anything at all from the glass, but after letting it warm a good bit, I’m picking up notes of bread crust and some type of melon or tropical fruit – I can’t place it. Full-bodied and oily with prickly carbonation. The flavor is bitter. Just bitter. Not much else worth mentioning – maybe some tea biscuit and pine. Finishes crisp, bitter, raspy, and then dry. No real hop flavor here. Aimless bitterness throughout. No technical flaws. Cleanly brewed. A little too bitter for the style, but I don’t rate to style.
DSG (7536) - Tel Aviv, - OCT 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Tom C. Hazy orange-amber. Aroma of stale hops and some caramelly/biscuit malt. Sweetish flavor with malt, a bit biscuit, stale hops and a moderately bitter finish. Medium-bodied.
Darkmagus82 (1928) - - SEP 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-17-13-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – Served a copper-brown colored brew with a small fizzy off white head. The head fades almost instantly, leaving a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is overall on the sweeter and more malty side. The sweeter smells are a mix of caramel and some light fruit aromas. The malty smells are a mix of roasted brown bread and a bit of a biscuit smell. Rounding out the mix of aromas are some hop notes. The hops are really not all that potent and consist of some earthy and more herbal aromas overall.
Taste – The taste of the brew was very much hoppier then I would have expected from the nose especially since I did not initially know that it was designed to be a IPA, but thought it was more of a harvest style/brown/nutty brew . It begins with a cracker and roasted malt taste with a decent amount of an earthy and grapefruit hop. Upfront there is a little bit of a caramel and lighter fruit flavor that fade as the taste moves on toward the end. While the sweetness fades the hop flavors ramp up with more earthy and quite a bit more grapefruit coming to the tongue. A nutty flavor also joins the taste more toward the middle bringing a bit more “harvest” taste to the brew then was present to the taste prior. Along with the other hops, a light pine hop flavor joins the profile at the very end, leaving a drier and rather “raw” hopped taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average to slightly higher than would have been expected for the style. The moderateness of the body and higher carbonation were rather decent for the beer, while not really supporting any of the roasted flavors well, the two in conjunction were very nice for the hop flavors as they added a nice level of exciting effervesce and easy drinkability to the higher hop profile.
Overall – A rather decent hopped up harvest I would say. Rather pure in hop flavor with tons of “raw” hop taste. A rather interesting brew and one that is a slightly nice and off style form a standard IPA.
slowrunner77 (6546) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"I dug the uniquness of this beer. Very very light on the pumpkin and spices, and hopped something akin to a Sierra Nevada harvest ale, with ample bitterness on the back end. Went back for seconds :)"
mrjaxson (334) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Above average look and aroma but harsh taste and thin body makes for a split personality experience.
TappanGordo (70) - New York, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can poured into glass. Pour is a lite amber. Flavor is citrus, pine and hops. Very nice beer.
Stuu666 (5540) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can at Craig’s. Pours golden amber, very dry, bitter, pine, citrus, toffee malts.
DiarmaidBHK (3616) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can from state line Liquors. Pours light brown with a thin khaki head. Has some solid hoppiness on the nose. Decent grapefruit on the tongue. Finishes clean. Solid for the style.