hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle… Hazy golden ale with a large, frothy, white head. Peppery, spicy, resiny hops play the lead role in this show. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with jazzy carbonation. The flavor provides heavy bitterness, but in a spicy, peppery, polite, English sort of way. Finishes bitter, caustic and dry.
hopdog (8444) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Poured a deeper and cloudy golden/yellow color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of citrus, some floralness, and earthy. Tastes of citrus, pineapples, caramel, lighter earthiness, and a little spicy.
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Apricot colored pour. Aroma is all grapefruit and orange peel. Flavor is bitter and delicious. Grapefruit and sour orange peels. Awesome!
JoeMcPhee (8167) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber pour with a thin white head. The nose is intensely aromatic. Bright and fruity with a heavy musky spiciness. Soft orange peel and orange marmalade. Herbal and resiny bitterness with a lot of chewy fresh herbal character. It’s quite British tasting but with even more of that herbal/spicy character. Long lingering bitterness. The nice malt character that I typically associate with British beer isn’t quite here, but the product is very unique and tasty product.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. Pours a hazy, golden orange appearance with two finger orange/cream colored head. Slightly juniper-like and quite citrus-like hop aroma with some underlying pale malts. Slightly piney hop flavor that’s quite citrusy with an exceptional orange flavor along with a pale malty body. Somewhat bitter, piney hop finish. Exceptional citrusy DIPA.
Sammy (8023) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium golden with white topping head. Understated aromas of the hops, the yeast. Mouthfeel a tad above average. A decent not over-the-top bitterness. Will try this again.
Bottle from Swoop Jones newly obtained case.
Drake (7834) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a hazy light amber colir with a large pillowy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and spicy, herbal hops. The taste is very bitter, intensely bitter hops. Big herbal notes with a slight medicinal quality, with some stone fruits, citrus and caramel. Medium-full bodied. Definitely an interesting one.
BMan1113VR (7770) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
June 2010 bottle. Pours with a nearly clear pale straw colored body with a medium to large white head. Great lace! Aroma is grassy, earthy, peppery, bready with notes of melon and ripening fruit. A touch salty. Taste is fruity, very dry, grassy and bitter finish. Some orchard fruit mid palate. Long duration. Lots of straw and grain astringency in the finish. Definitely a unique IIPA. Very dry, lovely mouthfeel. I was looking forward to this one, and it is well done, but I am not loving the hop bill and there is a pronounced tannic bitterness imparted by the malt (at least that’s what my taste buds leave me to believe). It is not my favorite sadly.
3fourths (7767) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
draft. cloudy golden wheat body, small bubbled white head. musty cheese and BO nose, honey-tinged, green, raw and vegetal (onion, garlic, canned tomato sauce). similar flavor: musty, cheesy, stinky, almost putrid, with garlic, butter and onion thrown in for good measure. surprisingly soft texture, low sweetness, high bitterness, medium-high acid. but.... disgusting.
GT2 (7707) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bomber. Pours a clear to barely hazy bright orange with a thin, semi-rocky, light yellow head with spotty lace. Extremely weird aroma of fruity, fresh EKG hops, cantaloupe, butternut squash. Taste is very bitter, super dry, lots of overripe cantaloupe, honey dew melon, some metallic notes that urge on vomit like flavors. Very unpleasant. Then 9% rolls in and just turns this into a difficult beer to enjoy: too dry, too boozy, too much butternut squash and super weird hop varietals. Boadicea hops???