csbosox (1223) - 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 IPA’s even though it could be argued that this is as similar to a West Coast Pale Ale as an IPA.
thedm (4935) - 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 (1066) - 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 isn’t hard to make something taste good that’s 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 (3841) - 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 (3318) - Branson, Missouri, 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 (2361) - 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 (1841) - 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 I’ve had in a long time.
unclemattie (4199) - 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.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from UghSmash. Pours a hazy orange with a touch of brown and a thin head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel malt, and oranges/tangerines. The flavor has awesome hops. Softer than normal grapefruit notes accompanied by oranges, flowers, and herbal/minty hops. A small amount of balancing malt. Nice and resiny. Pretty dry mouthfeel. A little peppery as well. Medium carbonation and a medium body. A damn fine IPA! High Tide used to be my favorite fresh hopped IPA, but I think this takes the cake.