RamyG4 (320) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to pantanap. Hazy amber beer with a medium slightly off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy, lots of grapefruit and resin. Some bready malt. Taste is medium to heavy bitter, mild sweet, with a bitter finish. Light-medium body, good carbonation. Very good APA.
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2012 Intense sugared grapefruit, pine, and herbal. Tastes very bitter and of malt sweetness and grapefruit and slight mango sweetness along with the heavy bitter grapefruit character. Medium bodied mouthfeel - slight chewiness. Incredible bitter drinking experience. There is nothing left to be desired.
morganmaher (22) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy cow this is a fruity APA. Mango, passion fruit, banana, orange, lemon. Nice clean finish. Super fresh hop taste. Honestly, might almost be too fruity. Never had such robust, tropical flavor in an APA.
jonno (2231) - JAPAN - AUG 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Soft citrus, pine and tropical fruit punch bowl - mango, pineapple and banana - on the nose. Light, ultra clean and lean body. Hops sit playfully on top. Lots of citrus freshly peeled rind, pith, some grass and to my imagination, dandelions. Medium length finish, though some nice hop action on the tail. Not unique, but an A class example of the extra pale style.
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 15, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Light golden appearance, thin head. Super floral and citrus aroma. Grapefruit Grapefruit Grapefruit! Medium body, well balanced, with smooth palate.
changeup45 (1715) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I got several bottles of this in a trade with LEMONHEAD. Thanks Bry! This pours a hazy orange color with a lasting thin off-white head on top. The aroma is a wonderful hop scent; floral, herbal, and very citrusy; mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. A slight note of toffee enters as well. The flavor and overall enjoyment of the beer doesnít disappoint as well. Thereís a crisp hoppy punch to this thatís loaded with tropical fruity hops; kinda getting a bit of lemongrass here to go with the grapefruit and other tropical fruit noted in the aroma. I love Citra hops! The body is slick, showing just a light sweet malty backing. The finish is crisp, bitter, and dry. This packs a punch but goes down so easily. Iíll have to compare but I definitely think I like this more than Alpha King (a good beer as well). Probably my second favorite Pale Ale behind Hill Farmsteadís Edward. Of course, this has more hops than some other IPAs.
CanIHave4Beers (3138) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An old Notebook surfaces, as does the realization that I never entered these notes. Praise must be given to Lushawn, a gentleman who out of the kindness of his heart sent me this and many other bottles of beer. Thanks homie.
The beer pours a hazy orange color with a medium head and good lacing on the glass.
The aroma is grapey, catty, and grapefruity. Pretty pungent and does the whole "smelliní a bag oí hops" thing pretty well.
The flavor has a good big grapefruit bitterness, with a mild sweetness up front but a dry finish. The beer has perhaps the most defined "grapey" flavor Iíve tasted in a beer. Quite delicious, I could drink about 19 of them.
dagimp (698) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Half pour on tap at FFF. Pours a very light clear straw with some fizzy head and lacing. Crisp hoppy aroma. More of a light bitter hop nose. Mouthfeel was light and way over carbonated. Most of the beers at FFF I tried that night were way over carbonated, QA issue? Taste is light and lemony. Grass, citrus and mild skunky hops are present but a malt backbone was not. Meh, didn't really do anything for me. Solid but Alpha King is way better, as are most APAs.
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kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Date: June 03, 2012
Source: Tasting, First Sunday
Appearance: clear yellow, frothy off white head, sudsy lace
Aroma: sweet pale malt aroma, lots of hops, citrus and floral
Flavor: dry pale malt flavor, lots of hops, citrus, floral, light spicyness, just a touch of balancing sweetness, fair amount of bitterness
Date: December 14, 2012
Score: 3.3 to 3.8
Appearance: clear copper, wispy white head, streaka of lace
Aroma: huge tropical fruit aroma, sweet crystal malt, citrus, grapefruit
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, tropical fruits, citrus, balancing bitterness
Overall: same beer or the difference in having a super fresh sample
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
writerljberg (630) - Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of grachdar. Thanks!
A: Yellowish orange. A pretty decent pour only yields a slight amount of head.
N: Pretty glorious. Lots of hops. Pineapple, grapefruit, some caramel and toffee, a little bit of pine. Thereís a really nice balance of sweetness and tropical fruit here, so this oneís going to be right up my alley.
T: The taste lets me down after the promise of the nose. Very dry and earthy, with plenty of pine forest floor. Certainly nothing to complain about, but the dry hopping on the nose really makes my mouth water, and what I get is pretty dry and scraping without the abundance of the fruit.
M: Spot on for the style. Thereís enough palate coating, but the beer itself remains fairly light.
O: A pretty brilliant success, and a truly good APA. I received a 6 pack, and Iíll be happy to share it with multiple friends. Thereís some excellent hop characteristics throughout on this, but my oh my, if only the taste was as good as the nose.