riversideAK (6164) - 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.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Hazed olive orange with a beige froth. Nose is pink grapefruit, caramel and orange peel. Medium body, juicy and resiny, balanced nicely with soft carb. Taste of mandarins with lemon tartness and a peppery finish. Good one.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear with an orange hue. Fluffy white head that quickly settles to nearly nothing. One thick ring of lace. Wonderful fresh hop aroma. Very complex fruity flavor with pineapple, mango, caramel & malts. Nice clean finish!
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear orange color. Really a good looking brew. Agressive resiny hop aroma. Medium citrus hop flavor. Lip smackin finish. Pretty solid beer.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Poured brilliant medium orange with a creamy cap of beige head. The aroma was strong and juicy with a delightful blend of hoppage (pine, grapefruit, and some mango represented).. sweet caramel backing with a big of grapefruit meat.. there were just some sharper boozy notes at the back that shouldn’t be there considering the ABV. The flavor was along those same lines.. pale malts, toffee, and caramel support very green pine, grapefruit, and pear bitterness.. starts off juicy, but the combination of high bitterness and rougher alcohol notes on the back. Medium-bodied with higher carbonation across the middle with high bitterness.. again, rough on the finish.
JPDIPSO (5673) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark amber color with a tall, lasting beige head. BIG fresh hops aromas. Back to Christmas, a fresh cut frasier fir is sitting in my glass. Hints of licorice and grapefruit also floating about. Pale and toasted malts come out as this sets. Starts with a sugary hop tea. Light caramel and pear flavors seep in. Middle is loaded with green hops. Finish is mildly sweet with caramel coated hops. I seem to see a reoccurring hops note. Linger really feels and tastes like I am sucking on a just picked hop cone. Great, not quite, but I like the fresh hop idea that really does translate. They accomplished, what I think were their objectives.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden in color with lacing remaining once poured. The nose was very fresh with scents of grapefuit, fresh cut grass and herbs. In the mouth it is fresh and light with good body and a little richness in the midpalate. This would be a very nice beer in the summertime.
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is perfume- like, if Calvin Klein made eau de pine tree and juicy hops. Flavor is more subtle than may 3F brews- sweet and grassy with a bit of peach. A bit of tea maybe. Excellent!
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22oz Bottle. Fantastic heavy resin aroma just leaps from the glass, giving visions of conifer forests, rosemary, aromatic oils, and citrus sugars. Awesome. Pours orange with super lacing white. Flavor comes as very sprucey, and warm. There’s that fantastic amalgamation into a warm, bready pine and unique grasses. Heavy on the dripping, resinous freshness. Some esters and yeast notes keep it alive and lend to the complexity. Malt has a good play to keep it in balance. And the hops don’t get overly bitter, which makes this beer such a winner for me. If you can build such tremendously complex and detailed hop flavor through utilization without turning it into a metallic, planty mess, it wins and that’s that’s why this beer is so nice. A fantastic, fresh IPA. Thanks for sharing this beer Sean!
alobar (3561) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper color. No head. Pine and hops for nose. Mild hops and citrus taste. Nice biiter-sweet mix.