Travlr (20864) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of iphonephan, thanks! Hazy yellow color, small white head. Aroma is fruity and light. Taste has lemon peel, tangerines, tropical fruit. Tasty.
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle... Pours hazy and yellow with a temporary, white head. This smells almost exactly like the “X Hops Series - Blue.” Medium to full-bodied and creamy with stinging carbonation. This is too sweet for an American pale ale; just like the “Blue” version, but this is even sweeter. A low degree of bitterness is merged with corn, cereal grains and honey on the backside. Bottle courtesy of ctipping!
phaleslu (9249) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared by Chris- thanks again, Chris! Pours a cloudy bright gold with a small white head. Aroma of big citrus (orange, grapefruit peel), herbs, peppery spice, some tropical fruits, onion, and bready malts. The flavor starts with citrus, grass, herbs, and lemon, but quickly gives way to a very malty slate - pale, bready, crackery, and also yeasty notes. Light-bodied, with a dry, malty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Really good, though the flavor didn’t live up to the fantastic aroma.
radagast83 (7069) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Thanks to Iphonephan! March 2014 DC Tasting. Poured a clear yellow color with a small white head. Aroma was some light earth, malt, hops. Flavor was somewhat chewy malts, hops. Okay.
TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle via storminspank. Thanks, a bunch dude. Opened before the Super Bowl. 3rd opened in the series. Pours a decent hazed amber orange hue, some decent glow, darker middle and more orange amber fiery hues on the edges. Well carbonated with a decent frothy whitish head atop, creamy film dies down as a small layer, laces ok. Aromas are lemon pledge, big florals and guava. Touches of grass, earthy green hops and some bready malts. A bit cereal, some decent fruit notes here, some grapefruit juice and rind comes in. Initial is firmly bitter, a nice citrusy and guava kick. Fairly juicy, medium bitterness with some nice florals, touches of soap. Nice bitterness keeps kicking as we move from front to the back. A bit more restrained and muted in the back and finish. Dry, crisper clean maltbill keeps this cleaner and small, fairly drinkable. That guava and grapefruit play is quite citric, light kiwi, earthy and bitter green hops taper off. A touch more fruity and muted as we finish. This hop expression is interesting, bringing a more intense nose and pretty flavorful and bitter front. As it flows back, it loses that intensity. Solid stuff, perhaps a bit odd or stinky on the front and nose at times as it settles, almost a stale feel at times but at others it’s pretty juicy and tasty. A touch zesty, rind oils, medium bitter and dry elements with a crisper, dry cereal maltbill. Solid stuff, but falls short of Red and Green with some odd spots. Well carbonated and certainly kinda transforms, that nose rather. It really kinda straddles the line between scores. Later pours make it a bit more potent, but still lacks some of the impressive flavors and intensity of previous versions.
bytemesis (6446) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Pepsi - thanks! Pours hazy butterscotch with a small white head and ok lacing. Aroma is dank, orange/citrus, mango, pine. Light sweet, fruity, light bitter. Medium body, oily mouthfeel, low carbonation. Not quite up to Blue, but not bad.
Iphonephan (5966) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at the March 2014 DC RB gathering. Pours a clear gold with an off white head. Weedy nose. Flavors of pine and grass. Fresh, crisp finish.
nuplastikk (5687) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2014 22oz bomber courtesy of Ryan and Peter. Another phenomenal APA from Toppling Goliath. Hazy orange body, big frothy, soapy head. Tangerine, mango, papaya..big tropical tones. A healthy does of the green onion, garlic thing going on too. Just an absolute pleasure to drink on, with fascinating hop nuances. I much prefer this one to the simultaneously released Blue. World Class. Really shows off the hops. Awesome stuff.
Homer321 (4020) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Smells like packing peanuts. I have no clue how TG can make a beer so damn cloudy. moving on. pours a small white head with various size of white bubbles cloudy as a hefe light orange. soft malt in the nose, but it’s still kinda cold. Taste is weird. whoa. kinda like a spicy, herby, minty thing going on here. can’t quite place the exact hop flavor. damn, wish I had more of the blue. Well made solid beer, just a very weird hop flavor going on there. still better than most pale ales
CanIHave4Beers (3969) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
100th American Pale Ale! Big Whoop!
Pours nice and hazy with a big head and nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is tropical fruit, s’got some weird funky stinkiness, not in a "wild beer" kind of way more in a stinky hop kind of way, if that makes sense. Good orange and citrus rind offered.
The flavor is very hop forward, sort of juicy and a little melon-y. S’got some odd but very mild astringency but at the same time the bitterness is kept at a mild & pleasant enough level. The beer seems to open up a bit with a as the temp raises... it’s got a little berry and some more citrus towards the end of the bottle.