HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to theisti for this one. 16oz. can served in a Duvel tulip. Canned on 10/17/11. A couple of weeks old. Pours a clear reddish gold with a thin white head. Very fragrant, piney hops and some crystal malt. Solid hop bitterness from start to finish. Lighter side of medium bodied. Good malt backbone to hold up the hops. Nice dry finish. Good stuff. One of the best fresh hop beers that I’ve tried.
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz can into a shaped pint glass.
A - Dark copper body with an impressive white soapy head that stuck around for a while. Really great lacing and retention.
S - Dank hops. Very piney, resinous and savory. Just some light grapefruit and bubblegum followed by a bit of caramel malt. I’m not getting a ton of fruity aromas but there is some sweetness to it.
T - Piney hops followed by a huge bitterness that won’t let go. Sweet and sticky. The bitterness sticks around for a good minute. Some light bready malt and citrus round it out. Despite the huge rush of hops it remains balanced and composed. Mouth feel is a bit lighter than I would have liked, but the carbonation is solid.
O - A great wet hopped ale. Not sure if I would go out of my way to trade for it, but I was stoked to see it as an extra...especially being this fresh.
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up single 16-oz can at Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours a semi-clear golden amber colored brew with a decent size off-white head that leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, spicy hops, a hint of caramel malt and some pine. Taste is medium bodied, flavors of citrus zest, some light pine that hides the caramel malt. Finish is semi-dry, a touch spicy compared to the 2009/10 vintage with a shorter lingering bitterness aftertaste. Missing some of the tangerine/tropical fruit but still a decent hop fresh IPA.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16oz can 2011 ed. Same label as the 2010 version. Pours a clear caramel orange with a large, billowing, rocky yellowish head. Good retention. Big swathes of lace. Nose is quite melon heavy, pineapple, caramel, big detergent/lemon soap. Volatile notes of detergent/soap fade as it decants. Nose gains more muted melon, vanilla, caramel, mango sorbet. Woah such fresh pithy mango pulp. Oh....nom nom nom. Taste is bitter, silky/rich, sharp soapy bitterness, small alcohol presence, nutty bitterness, macadamia nut oil. Rich, oily mouthfeel. Has the elusive "quenching IPA" character like orange juice of sorts that only great IPAs can manage. Correct amount of residual sugar. Long, bitter finish. Very good.
deyholla (10214) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can thanks to Kyle! Pours a clear amber orange with an off-white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of hops with a combination of grapefruit and pine backed by a bit of citrus. Flavor begins with grapefruit and is joined by pine and a bit of resin in the finish.
undsioux7 (871) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Now this is my kind of IPA. Citrus and pine resiny goodness! Lots of harsh bitterness to go along with it. Maybe a bit one dimensional, but that one dimension is delicious! So Fresh and so clean.
ryanfolty (2410) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Date: October 29, 2011 Mode: Can Source: Zipps. Full description not available as I was sampling many beers as part of a tasting event.
loafgoat (53) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is largely hops, citrus and resin aromas. Hazy amber color with lasting white lacing. Flavor is quite bitter with medium body.
bookman10 (962) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very good, very fresh beer. Tastes like tap beer from a can. Pours a nice, clear copper color with a mid-sized, creamy foam head. Aroma and flavor dominated by fresh hops--piney, citrusy goodness. Nice bitter finish to the beer, which is otherwise very smooth-drinking.
wedgie9 (2638) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on 10/29/11 from a 16oz can, canned on 10/12/11, sent to me by SourNotes, thanks Andrew. Pours clear, bright, amber with a thick off-white head that slowly recedes to spotty lace. The nose is awesome with a hops aroma ranging from tropical fruit, tons of citrus, and floral, with a nicely caramelized malt backbone, and just a hint of earthiness. The flavor is beautifully bittersweet with tropical fruit, citrus and floral hops caramelized bread malt, and just enough bitterness. The body is medium with average carbonation, a bit of a sticky texture, and a long citrus, floral, tropical fruit, and pleasantly bitter finish. This is a truly outstanding IPA.