ineedbeer (887) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is dominated by the hop character with a light cracker malt note. Hops are slightly citrusy with a tropical fruit and melon character along with a touch of white grapes.
Pours a moderately clear pale yellow gold with a somewhat thick white head that shows pretty nice retention. Moderate lacing and medium small legs.
Flavor starts with a moderate sweetness and a light cracker character. Moderate hop flavor, similar to the hop aroma, and moderately strong bitterness. Bitterness is soft and clean though fairly strong. Lingering bitterness with some resiny hop flavor, a hint of fruit and light cracker malt. Fairly dry finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall a fairly enjoyable IPA, but I wish it had more hop flavor. I like the balanced nature of the malt and the dry finish, but it could be drier. The mosaic hop is really nice and fairly complex; Iím looking forward to having a pound to brew with.
joet (2224) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the real deal, and represents an excellent example of this next gen of hop forward beers. Light thin melon and cantaloupe add a backdrop to skunk, light diesel, green onion, sulfur and touches of rose. Creamy feel. Good citric acidity. No sugar apparent in the feel. No gummy resins. Very light bitterness. Clean leaning, lightly astringent finish with a touch of bitterness. Bam. I love it.
Homer321 (2127) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2014 Bottle from a rad dude in Iowa. Nose is slightly fruity/tropical, but mostly a general grassiness with a woody, musty nose. pours clear with a medium sized head. Hops and malt are well balanced. Not pithy and not a malt bomb od sweetness. Hop flavor is more tropical than the nose suggests. dry finish and quenching. Not as obnoxiously hoppy as I would expect.
Updated for a new bottle. More hop expression comes through than I recall but still a bit muted for a DIPA.
phaleslu (6810) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from Johnís Grocery- thanks for sending, Andy! Pours a clear, bright golden color with a small white cap that sticks and leaves some lace on the way down. Aroma of fresh herbs and cut grass (with a little spice), pineapple, mango, melon, tangerine, and sweet and pale malts. Flavor of pine, pineapple, spicy fresh herbs, mango, orange peel, tangerine, and sweet nectar. Medium-bodied, with moderate to medium carbonation and a resinous, fruity mouthfeel that has some coating bitterness late but dials back in intensity on the finish. Wow. Another winner. These guys do everything well.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Casanovas, nice light golden orange pour with a white head and great lacing. Aroma of pineapple, mango and some resinous/piney notes. Taste is similar sweet citrus with some maltiness and slightly drying finish. Great lingering bitter in the end.
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akoeninger (489) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden color. Amazing aroma of candied tropical fruit, melon and tangerine. Taste is very similar. Definitely brings out the unique flavors and profile of the Mosaic hops. Very good.
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nuplastikk (4702) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle a few hours off the Hop Patrol truck, bottled on the same day! A very tasty IIPA. The mosaic hop is quite nice, reminiscent of Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe, Citra..light and earthy, with plenty of tropical fruit flavors. Some spruce too. The body is clean and drinkable, but there is so much hop flavor you want to reflect on it sip by sip. Quite a tasty IIPA, very unique and modern. Assumably the freshest beer Iíve ever had out of a bottle.
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold pour, white head. Loads of hop juicy flavors, tropical fruit, good bitterness, pale malts. A hint of toothpick flavors sneak in, odd. Other than that its quite nice.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Burnished golden. Thick and foamy white head clings to the glass after each sip. Expressive but nauseating, hop-driven aromas of grape bubblegum, rubber cement, matchstick, chalk, Lemon Pledge, white grape, pinesap, kumquat, white grapefruit, pineapple marmalade. Thickly resinous, initially, as stinging acids inundate the palate with an excessive amount of grass clippings. Quite bright and succulent, though the incessant resinous onslaught gives way to a chalkiness which shortens the hop vitality. Gooey oils follow up with an unrefined astringency which further stifles much of the brightness. Loads of hop flavor agreeably dovetails with the well-composed bitterness, though. Malt quietly looms in the background with a very light, white bread dryness. Mild note of sulfur accompanies a matchstick harshness which further deadens much of the hop vibrancy, though a pineapple marmalade suppleness does persist nicely. Alcohol lends considerable causticity which exacerbates the chalkiness. Fatiguingly acidic after a few swallows, and the hops become limp, akin to wet grass clippings. Finishes intensely grassy with uncured hay flavors fused with white grapefruit and a splash of nectarine. Quite a mixed bag. On the surface, it seems quite lovely. But once you sit with it and do some delving, a number of blemishes are difficult to overlook. I prefer DIPA tilted toward hop flavor rather than unruly and bitter, and this has plenty of tropical-fruit allure to hold your interest for at least a few sips. But the hops used here fare poorly when used to points of excess, as flaws like chalk and matchstick start to become apparent, not to mention grapefruit and pinesap, ick. Kudos to the brewer for using mostly pale malt and keeping the sweetness at bay, but ultimately this is another unrefined DIPA (to my tastes, that is) with a misguided hop treatment. Thanks to heykevin for the generous gift.
50belair (2488) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously shared by Hopscotch. Clear pale yellow pour with a white head. Grapefruit hop aromas. Grapefruit and mild citrusy hop notes. Good balance with just enough of caramel malt backbone to keep Sosus honest. Above average mouthfeel and body. A very good double IPA that is eerily Hill Farmsteadish...