BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I just donít get it this time. I love FFF beers, but I really canít get in to this beer. I am unfamiliar with Pacific Gem hops, but have recently discovered that I donít like the bitterness that Simcoe can offer. It can just be too astringent and perhaps the Gem hops are contributing here. Aroma is an earthy, piney hop. Aromatic and pungent; intriguing but not inviting. First sip: Big green, earthy hops, but whereís the malt? Balance is missing here. Even a nice dry finish would be welcome, but after copious amounts of high alpha hop bitterness and no appearance from the grain bill, I canít get over it. Just overly bitter for bitterness sake, IMO. I really hate to compare (cuz it just aint fair...hyuck, hyuck!!!), but I had a Hopslam earlier and while the bitterness was on the same level and the body was a little lighter, the citrus and caramel really made it more drinkable than this FFF, despite the fact that it was practically twice as strong. I really just feel that this beer is overrated.
csbosox (1215) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle. A strong fruity/citrusy aroma with notes of tangerines, pineapple, and other tropical fruit as well as some nice pineyness that is far from over the top. The fresh hops are not quite as vegetal as some fresh hops can be. There is also a nice honeyish malt base. The aroma is really, really good. Copper colored with a short lived off white head. Excellent clarity. Some signs of bottle conditioning in latter pours. Initial taste is very floral with lesser notes of citrus and, lesser still, pine followed by a nice sharp bitterness and an explosive hops flavor that comes across as earthy and floral, with light citrus and a decent amount of caramel and malt. There is some definite sweetness that helps offset the hops and makes this into a very drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is really nice as well. What amazes me is the incredible hops flavor this had with these two hops, I am not very familiar with Pacific Gem, but it must have some nice aromatic qualities because Simcoe, although a great hop, seems to be somewhat one-dimensional in my opinion. This is a very well done beer and so easy to drink, wish I had more of this! Well done 3F! Now amongst my favorite IPAís even though it could be argued that this is as similar to a West Coast Pale Ale as an IPA.
thedm (4852) - Fort Wayne, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a hazy with floating yeast chunks softly carbonated golden brown colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was hoppy malty and bready. The mildly vinous crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The mild flavor contained notes of malt crisp strong hops and was vinous with a malty backing. A decent one that I would consider buying again.
ajm (1057) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love this beer. I know it isnít hard to make something taste good thatís only 5.5%, but these hops have real character. A very apple-citrus-floral arrangement gives the flavor its allure and tinges the color that enticing red-orange that all the girls on your block will go crazy for. For me, one of their top 2 beers.
IrishBoy (3688) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from BBB63! Nose is piney, floral, citrusy hops; copper with a big straw head; flavor is mild hop bitterness, a light fruitiness, and some caramel; finish is slightly bitter. Good IPA but not great!
alexanderj (3199) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of my brother. Poured a nice orange color with small to minimal head. Aroma was fantastic; grapefruit and fruit/citrus. Flavor was good for a harvest/fresh hop ale. Smooth and clear; decent amount of hops in the finish, but not substantial. Palate was solid. Great sessionable.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, courtesy of alexanderj. Orange pour with almost no head. Aroma of peaches, citrus / grapefruit. The flavor is the same, sweet from the fruit initially, and with a dry grainy malt finish (like an APA finish). Good fresh-hop beer, almost no bitterness.
adrian910ss (2268) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a clear orange caramel with a medium sized creamy beige head. Floral hop aroma with hints of grapefruit, pineapple, papaya and pine. Taste is floral hoppy with hints of mango, pineapple, pine and citrus. A bit watery, but great for a 5.5 % beer.
OldMrCrow (1621) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of sprinkle -- thanks!
Pours a glowing beautiful clear orange with a nice white head. Great fresh-hop aroma: leafy and green, a bit of mint, a little bit of pine resin but not cascade levels thereof. Lovely juicy hop flavor - peach and grapefruit, a bit of pineapple - mild malt sweetness, tender bitterness massaging the tongue on the finish, again that fuzzy summer mint leaf, soft bitter oils. Supremely drinkable, never too sweet, never too malt-driven, gorgeous at 5.5%.
What a splendid IPA! One of the best Iíve had in a long time.
unclemattie (3908) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
15 DEC 07, Southeast YeHa. 22oz bottle. Aroma of fresh hoppy goodness. Flavor of clean malts, some tobacco, and lots of bitterness.