oteyj (2124) - 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 (6403) - 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.
GT2 (6997) - Riverside, California, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2011 355mL thanks to vw73182. Bottle release from the XV anniversary party. About two weeks old. Pours a clear amber orange with a towering, massive, rocky, off-white head. Sheen appearance with ridiculously insane, webby lace. Big sheets of complete lacing. Nose is huge orange juice, ultra dank mango, pineapple, mild sweet onion, pineapple flavored alcohol. My girlfriend thinks it smells like caramelized onions with meat...not necessarily bad. It certainly is not just a citrus/floral hop aroma. I would place the nose more at something like tamarind or other meaty Asian fruit we are not as familiar with. As it warms it gains more starchy character and sweet potatoes. In general, the nose starts off explosive and mellow out so no reason I see to let this decant like most beers. Taste has a nice biscuity quality to stave off astringency. Huge orange juice, ultra quenching malt character, with mild pineapple like alcohol and meaty fruits like jackfruit and durian. Very soft biscuity, quenching mouthfeel with decent amounts of butterscotch richness I get from Sculpin, Duet, and Alesmith IPA. Hot damn this is good. Iíve now had about three bottles of this over the past few days and the palate gets super quenching, small orange juice acidity, citrus fruitiness. Whoa. Like APA category demolition right here. Forget about topping this ever. Well, maybe fresh Spring Peeper. Perhaps a little boozy for the style but who cares. Would be dangerous as a session beer.
regspeir (196) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium glass. A moderately aggressive pour yielded a dark, golden brew with a 2-inch white head which lasted. Lacing was spotty but lasted throughout. The nose was the resinous and the lemony, hop-centered smell you would expect from the citra. The taste was dry, lemon, orange and mango, grassiness, pine but there were tones of some nice malt notes and grain as well. I loved the healthy carbonation and some nice bitterness at the back end. The mouthfeel was medium to light. What a wonderful surprise this beer was. I just wish I could get more!
myersk27 (26) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
awesome brew from FFF. I have had a lot of it in the past month and it keeps getting better. Smells of citrus, taste is not too hoppy, and it goes down very smoothly. Very well balanced beer in my opinion. Itís like Gumballhead on steroids
pjtakacs (8) - - NOV 27, 2011 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - This is an intensely hopped pale ale. It pours a copper orangish color and has a nice sticky white head. The Citrus and tropical fruit flavor is great. Flavor is crisp and not bitter. This is a great Pale Ale and possibly the best FFF brews.
fishbrew (13) - Holland, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden orange hue, acceptable head. Almost pure pineapple in the aroma. Lively carbonation followed by tropical citrus flavor and a hint of grain, finishing with an aggressive bitterness. It feels just a BIT one dimensional; I think it could benefit from a touch more maltiness to balance the bitterness and give the finish a little more depth. Overall though, a great showcase for Citra hops; itís easy to overdo it with Citra and end up with a beer that tastes like gummy bears. They have managed to squeeze the perfect amount of flavor from it to keep that under control.
Rustyham (1685) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very smooth, easy drinking pale, citrusy boys, but not crazy bitter, foldable pigs find wheat, buttery grits . Sweet, light malt, but still present hops.