tastybeer (1852) - Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy GT2, thanks man! Pours a clear golden orange with a massive white head, good retention/some lacing. Aroms of melon, citrus, floral hops, light biscuit. Taste is melon citrus/hops, caramel, biscuit, light pepper. Palate is soft, creamy, moderately bitter finish. Excellent.
Chad9976 (1505) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I received a 12oz bottle in a trade with a friend in Chicago (thanks, Rob!).
Appearance: Hazy apricot-skin orange hue. Forms a large, soapy, white head which retains and laces very well.
Smell: Pure tropical fruit juice: orange, passion fruit, guava, pineapple. Extremely appetizing and inviting.
Taste: Itís a beer like Zombie Dust that reminds me why I love hoppy beers so much. This is a palate full of delicious flavor combinations of juicy sweetness and hop bitterness. It begins with a lightly sharp, slightly dry hop bitterness. Then the palate opens up its juicy core and unleashes a cornucopia of tropical fruit and citrus. Not as tart and acidic as many West Coast IPAs, but does have the same amount of authentic juice flavors. Yet itís not sticky, sappy, or syrupy either. From what I understand itís a single-hop brew using the Citra variety and if thatís the case I think the hop definitely lives up to its name. Absolutely delectable palate with the bitterness to match but nothing absurd.
Mouthfeel: Medium in weight, but full in flavor - thereís not a moment where youíre not tasting something. Lightly dry bitterness in the aftertaste, but extremely tolerable.
Drinkability: Since I canít get Zombie Dust easily I had to restrain myself from guzzling it down. It has the perfect combination of a tasty, refreshing palate with a comfortable mouthfeel and smooth finish to match. At 6.2% ABV it would seem to be more accurately classified as a single IPA rather than just a pale ale, but thatís for the beer nerds to sort out. This is a perfect companion for a spicy meal, but works wonderfully as a dessert beer too (you could make a sorbet out of this).
obguthr (4907) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intensely floral nose, lilly, marigold, fresh cut grass with peach undertones. Clear amber, medium yellow head with little retention. Strong but less intense and more simplistic flavor of marigold, leafy. Pleasantly bitter. Medium body, sessionable, full flavored. There are many different hop preferences, but this is what an APA should be. Exemplary.
Travlr (17716) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Bright golden color, small white head. Aroma of bright pine. Taste is pine branches, hay, white pepper. Nice stuff.
portableparty (2248) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks Greg (DalzAle)! Pours hazy amber with a soapy off white head that fades to a foamy film. Aroma is piney spruce and grapefruit with a mild caramel in the background. Taste is awesome resinous bitter piney grapefruit hops with a smooth sweet caramel finish that is very subtle. Palate is medium and awesome with a dry bitter finish. Please let me have more!
FROTHINGSLOSH (5769) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 From the 12/2011 3R6P tasting. I had good hopes for this one but it really did very little for me. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark amber color with a small white head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was dryish catbox with a hint of spice and pine. The flavor was dryish pine, resin, catbox, mint and faint caramel. The finish was long, dry, piney and resiny. Medium body. Disappointing.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks GT2! This beer rocks! Lots of citrus and pine in the nose, leading to dank floral herbaceous hop pungency. Great balance of hop facets with a super clean malt character makes for a hop-bomb phenomenon.
poibag808 (14) - Hawaii, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
A: Nice thick white 2 finger head. Good lacing. Beautiful golden honey/orange body with good carbonization.
S: Really pungent floral hoppyness.
T: Malty sweetness upfront followed by a nice hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Each sip has a nice dry finish. Delicious.
Great pale ale that seems more along the lines of a IPA.
j12601 (8050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as an extra in a trade. Pours a clear golden orange with a medium sized white head. Big bright hops on the nose, spicy citrus, earthy malt. Cool and clean, spicy malt and hops, thins out a bit flavorwise, but still tasty throughout. Long earthy bitterness on the finish. Nice easy drinking pale ale. Quite tasty.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Jim for this bottle.
Pours clear bubbly amber with a small creamy beige head that recedes to a thin collar. not much lacing.
Whoa, this thing packs a serious punch in the nose with grapefruit, pine resin, lemongrass, pineapple. Some light biscuity malts as well. Without a doubt, the best nose Iíve come across in a pale ale.
Taste doesnít quite match the standard set by the nose but itís still great. The initial taste is juicy citrus with grapefruit and floral pine and grass - really showcases the Citra hops. There is a light bready malt in the background but the taste is all about the hops which leave a tangy bitterness in the finish.
The mouthfeel is light, well carbonated and really crisp and clean.
This is probably the best APA Iíve tasted. The Citra hops are certainly the dominant player and it works really well. Excellent beer.