pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
gtmw 08.... semi-transparent golden yellow pour with a moderate soapy white head....earthy/grassy hops in the nose. very much more subdued and held-back than what i was expecting.... flavors of sweet earthy, pine resiny hops adding a nice bitterness in the finish. very easy drinking. i went back for more than one sample of this.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap GTMW 2008
Wow, one of the best of the fest.
Aroma was huge passion fruit and hoppiness. I also get some spiciness.
Taste is citric, crisp, bright hoppiness.
Finishes dank and resinous.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Three Floyds. Absolutely headless golden yellow, still, clear. The nose is huge with hops. Gummy bears really. Fruity tropical hops, less pineapple than gummy bear. Maybe some small aspirin. The mouthfeel is still, but not watery. The flavors are absolutely popping. Big bad hops over a just strong enough malt, with a bit of caramel, but mostly not descript malty sweetness. The hops are again tropical fruits, but mostly gummy bears. Lingering hop bite. Lovely. I’ve love to see this bottled!
islay (2028) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small sample, on tap at Great Taste of the Midwest. Consumed on 8-9-2008. Pours an effervescent, hazy gold. Lemon, lime, and salt combine to create a great, Sprite-like aroma. Really nice, citrus and pine-hoppy taste. Medium to full body. Crisp and sharp on the palate. Delicious and refreshing. One of my favorites of the festival.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 at any rate, i found this to be a wildly good alternative to dreadnaught. the fruit in the nose and flavor was overwhelming and highly welcomed! this very really excellent and they need to bottle it asap! while dreadnaught just clobbers you with bitterness, the bitterness here is tempered with the FFF citrus in a form that its never been seen before in. this is definately worthwhile!
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub. I’m a little confused here, the ABV listed at the brewpub was 6%. Poured a dark deep golden hue with orange notes that was slightly hazed. Small head that laces, but doesnt really stick around that well. Magical apple juice, perhaps? Aromas are largely hops, pine and citrus dominate as the malt profile is almost indiscernable. Initial is hoppy, pine and citrus with a floral nose, touches of grapefruit and zest. Balanced by some nice sweet malts that aren’t assertive enough to handle the hops in my book. A very nice hopped beer, but hops don’t win ratings anymore. Would drink again, but I’d like a little clarification on what the ABV is for this beer. I think I’d rate it higher if it actually was a 6% beer. Otherwise, it kinda moved back to the center of the pack so to speak.
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at FFF. Poured light amber with a sturdy cream head that produced significant residual lacing. Aroma was the slightest whiff of sweet malt and a LOT of hops. Resiny pine, grass, citrus, floral - you name it, it was there. The hop profile in the flavor was equally balanced, but there certainly wasn’t the typical malt sweetness to bail you out. Anesthetizes the taste buds about halfway through the glass, so probably a better choice for ending a tasting session rather than starting one. (Like I unfortunately did.) Much lighter body than expected. Definitely feel lucky for the opportunity to try this one.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
draft- FFF- dear lord- this stuff is so good. Just pure hop juice with little in the way of hop bitterness. Surprised to see an ABV listed at 10 percent, because it was listed at 6 at the brewpub. Either way, a fruity, pine explosion that was beyond words great for a hop head like myself. Not something you could drink a lot of.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Three Floyds. Slightly hazy straw-orange body, thin off-white head. Intense hoppy aroma, with potent pine cones and citrus, resiny, with sticky sweet malts. Chewy hops resins body with grapefruit and pine notes. Sweet, bready malts back the intense hops profile. Finishes leafy and bitter. Solid beer.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewpub: This poured deep copper. Wonderful aromas of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple, orange). In the mouth it was medium-bodied and concentrated with a dry, hoppy finish. The flavors in this one really hit my sweet spot.