hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber. Lightly hazy light orange in color with a medium sized off white head. Tons of citrus with some floral notes in the aroma. Taste: very hoppy with citrus, floral, and pine all making an appearance. Bitterness is moderate to high and lingers nicely in the finish. Medium bodied, drinkability factor is high. Nice blend of two IIPA’s, I think I like this blend more than the two beers on their own.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 I must say that the gold wax/plastic was as big a pain in the A** as the most stubborn cork I have encountered. Looking at my scores for UnEarthly and Hoppe, I have few expectations for this one. LIghtly hazed lightly golden color with a dark cream colored head and nice sheet of lace. An easy 4 in appearance and boarding on a 5. Simple yet quite pleasing aromas of light ruby red grapefruit, light caramel, mild pale malt and a touch of floral and light eucalyptus hops in the backdrop. Light pale malt sweetness begins the journey. Some light clover honey, grass and herbs come in and play quite peacefully during the quaff. Pine and mild lemon zest kick in mid gulp and the citrus takes over in the finish. Lemongrass and malt in the linger along with a touch of cedar. Perhaps my expectations for this brew account for the seemingly much higher than expected score, or perhaps the sum is much better than the parts. Or who knows, perhaps the wax has kept everything in and saved this one. I certainly don’t know. This one is working for me in all phases. The alcohol is not that prevalent and I’m tasting a well put together IIPA. I will have more of this one.
Sammy (7719) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well this makes it the 10th review and propells it into the BA 100. A hop bomb, a complex hoppy melange. Cloudy grapefruit colour with some creamy head. This is really nice on tap, I would think on cask as well. A half pint was satisfying, for a full point I must have food. Hophead delight.
VikingHammer (501) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden orange with a off-white head that last for a long time. Pine hop aroma with hints of citrus. Big hop flavor with a nice malt backbone. Dry mouth feel. Medium bodied. Awesome Beer.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden amber with pleasant haze. Big fluffy white head with immaculate lacing. Wonderful citrusy hop aroma. Nice thick mouth-feel with malts, pine, cirus, and a bitter fruit finish
efrumtheidiot (190) - Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tried this as an experiment @ southern tier. mine wasn’t unfiltered or presicion mixed, so my review may be a bit skewed. poured a nice golden amber with a puffy white head. aroma is LOADED with hops. citrus, pine, alcohol, and floral notes also present. this is one big hoppy mofo. taste is a bit sweet but has a great zingy hop taste that i’ve only ever gotten from southern tier (if you know ST, you know what i mean!). flavor matches the aroma nicely; flowery hops with some grapefruit and pine. a little hint of sweet malt is there too. dries out quick with a lovely bitter finish. mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and mid-full bodied. i love the UnEarthly and enjoy the Hoppe, this is a great middle ground! really one of my favorite brews from these guys, try it for sure if you get a chance. if you can make it to the brewery, ask them to do the faux gemini, where they just mix it from the tap, it’s still great!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a slightly hazed deep golden color with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma is full of fresh hops. Mostly citrus with some pine and floral notes mixed in. A sweet malty base pokes through. The flavor starts with some sweet malt that is quickly replaced by pine and floral hops. Tha is quickly replaced by a moderate amount of citrus rind bitterness. Long dry finish. Medium bodied. My personal opinion is that I like the UnEarthly better for the fuller sweeter body.
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I see I’m the first DC area person to review this beer. Hmmm. 22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date. Coated with some kind of epoxy wax. First beer I had to use a brick chisel & a hammer to open. Poured out a clear light amber color, with a sticky tan head. Aromas are of hops right off the bat, with sweet malts mixing in. Flavors are of citrus, piney hops, some caramel or toffee. Alcohol is well hidden, but present all the same. Sneaks up on you big time. One of the best beers I’ve had from Southern Tier so far. Thick mouthfeel, rich & creamy.
Decent beer overall, for a change.
brentfeesh (1206) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle opened for my brother while spending time with his new 3 day old son. Orange pour that is generally clear but you can note a fine haze and very tiny carbonation. There is a ton of grapefruit in the aroma and perhaps some tangerine. Hints of grain (is there wheat?) and a very light sweetness (caramel note maybe). Unlike the other raters so far, this is where my enjoyment ended. I found the flavor to be quite strange. Bitter pine and perhaps a citrus layer. Grassy grain and again I kept thinking wheat. A nougat like sweetness that seemed misplaced. Weird. Also the mouth feel was very detracting. Creamy/oily mouth feel that I found repulsive for the style. The flavor profile and mouth feel combo killed this one for me.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Massive almost stinginging raw grapefruit and pine aroma, a hopheads Garden of Eden, taste has more caramel backing then the aroma would lead you to believe,plenty of hop bitterness in the finish,body is succulently hoppy,but the whole flavor lacks a distinct identity , somewhat of a muddleness to it,its easy to believe this is a mixture of two brews,still if your a hophead you’ll love it