Gachupines (875) - USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color with a thick white head. Aroma is fresh pine hops with just a hint of citrus. Flavor is fairly strong piney, slightly oily hops right up front with a strong malt finish. Vague flavors of caramel or toffee if the aftertaste. The body is reminiscent of the Terrapin Rye without the bit of the rye and a much fresher, hoppier flavor. Very solid beer, could be pretty easy to session with as opposed to some of the bigger fresh hops IPAs.
Glouglouburp (5977) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
DISCLAIMER: I bought this bottle late 2012 from a PA store with a high turn around but Iím not certain it was a 2012 bottle. Tasted tired to me. Or maybe it is a lame beer, or maybe my bottle was mishandled before I bought it. Or maybe I was sold a 2011 bottle? I didnít know there were different vintages and did not inspect the bottle for vintage indication..
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed a few weeks after purchase (I thought it was relatively fresh, but now Iím not sure anymore).
The look: Medium cloudy golden body topped by a small beige head with good retention.
In long: Nose is weird subdued dank hops pellet, a bit of vegetables, bread dough and light tropical fruits. This is far from a vibrant aromatic IPA, this beer smelled rather muted and tired. Taste is creamy doughy caramelized cereals, a bit of fluffy yeast, wet basement, a bit bloody/meaty character, soft cookies, vegetal notes, leafy hops, distant tropical fruits. Rather low bitterness level for the style. Kind of a strange beer, certainly not what I was expecting from a fresh hop ale. Again, not sure if I got an off bottle or was sold an old bottle. Will buy this again eventually and I may move this rating. Buy beer, drink beer, enter rating on ratebeer, repeat and repeat and repeat over and over again, my life is so repetitive that sometimes I wonder if I really exist of if Iím just a character in the game The Sims (an early demo without all the features implemented).
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells fairly hoppy and citrusy. Nice orange color with an off white head. Nice floral taste with some orange and grape fruit flavors.
Ughsmash (7121) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured clear, medium golden with a short off-white head. The aroma picked up juicy orange, pineapple, and other fruity hops over sweet malts.. the hops starred. The flavor found sweet biscuity malts surrounded by fresh, dank mixed fruit and pineapple bitterness.. more herbal and a touch medicinal on the finish.. not quite as cohesive as the nose indicated. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. hops were very fresh.. OK feel and flow.
SpringsLicker (3126) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours slightly hazy dark orange with an off white head.
Nice soft complex hop aroma. Iím not too familiar with Citraís aspects, but there is a mute pine resin, some pineapple/mango. Not as much of the grapefruit/ citrus, more tropical.
The flavor is lightly bitter with a good malt balance. Very soft and smooth palate.
rangerred (914) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2012
2.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.
Pours a slightly hazy deep copper with barely a tiny head. Decent lacing though so I give it a couple points for that.
The aroma on this is just out of this world. Tons of citrus in the way of orange and mango with a little bit of pine thrown in. No malt is really detectable but that is ok with this kind of hop aroma!
The flavor is where things go south. The hops are much more muted than I was hoping. Orange and a little pine is still there but in small quantities. There is a sweet orange candy base but no bread or caramel. Mouthfeel is full and smooth and quite sticky to the point of being cloying.
Overall, Iím really struggling to drink this. It is overly sweet, almost syrupy, without a ton of hop flavor. I am really disappointed by this brew.
bigwesticle (37) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
My favorite SF&SGG that Iíve had so far. Very dominant obvious citra hops on the nose. Nice tropical papaya notes. Not sure on the bottling date but hops have definitely faded on the taste. Not a malt bomb by any means, but you definitely get dominant pale malt tastes. Delicious still, & easy drinking. Solid this year for sure.
AdamJackson (2523) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer from Secret Santa. Bomber 2012 format. Citra being my favorite hop, letís see how good this is! Minimal head produced and faded to nothing fast. Burnt reddish hues. It doesnít actually have the citra scent I expected. More like Simcoe. Taste is alright though. Very low bitterness, sort of malty / chewy breadiness that I wasnít expecting. Thereís some grapefruit at the finish. Not all that great though. Drinkable but not a lot going on.
BMMillsy (1320) - Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep clear orange with a small soapy head. Aroma is breathtaking and one of the best I have smelled on a pale. Deep pine hops, sweet grapefruit, floral, and even a bit of candy caramel smell. Flavor is very sweet and candy like. Not as much bitterness as i was hoping for. No bottle date, so maybe I got it late in the year? Still has the hop flavor though. Candy sweet grapefruit with only a hint of pine. Floral flavor. Thick and syrupy mouthfeel for a 6.6% here. Pretty flat. Good beer, but can't say I wasn't hoping for more bitterness and refreshment. The aroma is there, most of the flavors are there, but something seems slightly off. It is so close to being right. Just falls short of my benchmarks in the fresh/wet syle (Founders Harvest & GD Fresh Hop). Bonus points for the name of this one though.
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jw0406 (757) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
.3 l draft pours a nice dark orange color with a medium white head. Aromas of pine, resin, grapefruit, citurs. Medium bodie, citrus flavor with a nice bitte finish.