barn0216 (417) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper color, some foam that disappears quickly. Spruce aroma. Flavor is bitter but transitions to a spicy malt. Ends with resin in the far finish. Complex flavor, not very cohesive.
GenDV138 (1620) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared, poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy apricot yellow with off-white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, floral notes. Tastes of grapefruit citrus, pine/resin, floral hops. Medium body with a semi-dry finish.
nimbleprop (5084) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle pours a hazy gold with some spitty, white head. Nose is really good, bright grapefruit, pithy, zesty, chive, lemon, tangerine, scallion, pine. Flavor is lightly sweet, pithy, scallion, chive, pine, light honey, grapefruit. Clean finish. Very drinkable.
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle acquired in trade from my boy storminspank. Thanks, dude. First of the current set cracked. Pours a fairly well hazed golden orange hue, dulled darker middle, natural applesauce haziness with some orange and amber glow, dulled overall. A looser frothy whitish head atop stays as a filmy layer, sticks around with a thicker ring lacing atop. Aromas are citrusy, a bit earthy and touches of melon, white grape. Touch of gumball, tropical fruit. Bready, some florals and touch of soap. Melllow resiny hops, nice middling fruit quality, not vibrant but fairly complex. Initial is lighter end of the fold in body, gumball and tropical fruit hop flavors, some grapefruit, lemon, and melon touches. Florals, decent tom. Medium bitterness meets soap, bread and some earthiness. As we get further in, a firmer bitterness, distinct tropical fruit elements hit the palate. More fruity than mose of Toppling Goliath’s hop offerings. Firm bitterness, dry florals, soap, and some Amarillo like qualities hanging on. Backend is touches of Galaxy, soap and fruit, touches of kiwi and tropical fruit. Fairly complex, good fruit flavor as we settle in. The bitterness and more floral/earth/leafy elements come and go in waves. Pretty solid stuff overall. It’s not overstated or vibrant, the nose is understated a touch until it settles then really comes around. The beer pours a bit hazy and dulled. But the beer really comes together well once you drink it. Fruity and fairly complex, that mellow malt body that doesn’t intefere that TG has mastered so well. Tasty stuff. Let’s see what the other ones offer.
BeerandBlues2 (9985) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy gold with a medium, frothy white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is dank, earthy, and herbal hops, biscuit and honey malt with apricot esters. Flavor is biscuit, cracker, and honey malt, melon and pear esters and a dry finish. Medium to full body and medium carbonation.
devman171 (1019) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from chase! Aroma is awesome citrusy and fruity hops, taste is well balanced with a dry finish
Steasy66 (961) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2nd batch, a few days old at this point. Blond with 1 finger foamy white head. Resinous hop aroma, more piney than fruity, but a good amount of fruit as well. Quite bitter, a bit sweet, a bit of tropical fruit flavor. Nice clean APA, but not as good as Yellow IMO.
BrewHaMeister (175) - - JAN 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber pours a clear amber with a nice head. Wonderful hop aroma. Flavors of, citrus, spruce, floral hoppiness. Delicious!
fidelis83 (1997) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber thanks to joshmcg000. Hazy gold to orange pour with a 2 finger, creamy off white head that fades somewhat quickly to a skim. Aroma is loaded with tropical fruit, melon, some spicy stone fruit, a little citrus zest, biscuit and light fruity and spicy yeast notes. Flavor is again loaded with tropical fruit and melon, spicy, bitter stone fruit, light dry prairie grass and lots more floral notes than the aroma lets on. Aside from the hops there’s are some light biscuit, bready and mineral notes. Light to medium body with a slightly creamy entry, off dry finish and moderate, blanketing carbonation. Really, really fantastic.
joshmcg000 (326) - Iowa, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy gold Aroma is melon and tropical fruit. Taste is much the same as aroma. Extremely fresh melons tropical fruit, maybe even some coconut. typical caramel malt backbone but the hops are what really shines. This is a good example of my favorite style of beer.