emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks JCB for sharing. Pours a hazy soft gold with a 1-2 finger frothy offwhite head. The nose is very hoppy, fresh and citrusy, grapefruit rind, mango, apricot, very pungent. The flavor is upfront and hoppy, citrusy, mild bitterness coupled with full flavor, citrus rind, lemonzest, develops an earthy maltiness with some warmth. Nice mouthfeel and soft bitterness.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle from Badbeer. Pours hazy amber with a moderate sized white head that leaves good lace. Smells astringent and citrusy hoppy. Complex yet potent. Tastes sweet malty and big citrusy hoppy, nice balance, very tasty. One of the better wet hop beers that I have had. Medium body, good carbonation.
GMCC2181 (1587) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2010 Bottle from stfun. Thanks josh. Wierd troll on the lable. Reminds me of some old toy I had. About the Beer: Dark orange in color, decent head. Nice aroma of fresh simcoe hops. Taste is close to the nose, fresh hop taste. Not super bitter though. A tad bit sweet, malt presence, but a well balanced fresh hop IPA. There is a little fruityness in there, maybe from the gem hops. Great creamy texture, with a medium carbonation level. Good beer, thanks josh. Wish I had more dreadnaught to taste with it!!!
JaBier (6878) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear deep amber with a 1 inch off-white head. Citrusy grapefruit aroma loaded with hop. Lots of citrusy hop, but a nice malt balance. Medium finish. Great stuff.
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange amber, off-white head. It smells like a dank funky fruit and hop filled cellar, the kind you want to swim in. Full and round on the palate but has a light airy feel at the same time. This beer is weird, crazy good weird. Wet stick hops are prominent throughout, they smell and taste like they could be smoked. Did I mention this beer is dank? Not a whole lot of fruit on the palate, very easy to drink. Cannabis lovers would freak out over this beer, too bad I quit.
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours orange-amber with a big creamy off-white head. Aroma is a rich orange citrus, very fresh, vibrant and sugary. Potent signature Three Floyds sweet citrus hops. Very potent and quite bitter with a fresh resinous character. Strong lingering bitterness with a creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carb bite.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from City Wide, Mishawaka, IN. Fresh, inviting aroma, grapefruity but also tropical. Lovely color. Subdued bready malt profile, huge on the hops. Hop flavors are intensely fruity, with definite metallic tones. Hop flavors of mango and other tropicalities. Good for a change of pace - albeit too sweet in the long run, and I’m not the biggest Simcoe fan in the world (the hop has a strange artificiality for me).
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2010 Re-Rate: 11/14/2010. 22oz bottle. Pours a clear, golden colored body with a finger-width, frothy, off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice, sticky lacing. Aroma is sweeter toffees and caramels with lots of sweet, somewhat sugary and very juicy citrus hops to balance. Grapefruits, melons, candy oranges, florals, and pines. Still a great aroma. Flavor is similar. Lots of sweet toffees and caramels with plenty of flowery, piney, sweeter citrus hops. Some tropical fruits, candy oranges, pineapples, grapefruits, and melons with a bit of a sticky sweetness and touch of spice. Finishes with a nice blend of toffee sweetness and fresh, juicy, moderately bitter hops that dry and leave a lengthy aftertaste. Medium-full, creamy, smooth body and a moderate, soft carbonation. Nice feeling palate. Overall, still the same beer I remember, but better. Plenty of sticky florals and pines with a really nice toffee/caramel maltiness. Very enjoyable beer. (8,4,8,4,15).
Original Rating: 11/29/2008. 22 oz bottle from Binny’s in Plainfield. Pours a hazy, burnt orange body, with a finger width off-white head that dissipates slowly and remains very lacy on the glass as well as the surface. Aroma is loaded with fresh, citrus hops and a distinct "wet" hop smell. Very fruity and fragrant. Its clearly that familiar FFF smell, although not as overpowering as a lot of their brews. Some notes of pine and sweet maltiness giving it a real harvesty smell. Pretty medium to full bodied beer with a very dry finish. Taste is very piney/earthy and loaded with fresh, bitter hops. Big spicy grapefruit taste. Most of the bitterness comes at the end, following an initial sweet and spicy citrus flavor. The lingering bitterness really is like a bomb of hops. It stays sticky and present for quite awhile. Overall, the taste isn’t as nice as the aroma, but its still good, just a tad off. Its kind of like sucking on a hop, actually. For a harvest ale, this is clearly one of the best out there. FFF seems to never let me down. (8,4,7,4,14).
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from tjthresh. Pour is a beautiful orange copper with great layering and a perfect 2 inch off white head. The layering led to carbonation bubbles, which ended to a mostly clear beer. Aroma was present as soon as the top was popped, and is a nice fresh, citrusy sweet hop. Just a fully engaging nose. I haven’t had a sip yet, and I already love this beer. Taste is mostly the hop, with big hop initially focusing on the sweet ripe orange taste, yielding to some pine hop bitter in the middle and finishing with a very clean bitterness. This is pretty lopsided to the hops, but what do you expect from a harvest ale? I thought it showcased the freshness of the hops perfectly
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’m going to rate this against other fresh hop ales, which I am very fond of. My mom brought me back a bomber from her recent trip to Indiana. I thought the beer didn’t have a great balance, and the hops were more toward the bitter side instead of being as fragrant and "up-front" as I would expect from a fresh hop ale. There was a carmally presence in the beer, but it wasn’t as strong as I would like.