detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orange amber, topped with a huge head of rocky, cream-colored, soft and sudsy foam. Superb head retention and lacing. Hoppy aroma of citrus with an herbal zing. Smells delicious!
The flavor is dominated by the hops, as expected. Plenty of crisp, clean, green, and bitter citrus hops to go around. Lots of bitter grapefruit, with fresh lemon and a mild pine hop flavor in the finish. These same flavors in the aftertaste linger forever. Well behind the hoppiness is a mild malt presence. Try as I might (and Iíve mightily tried a couple pints, a growler, and a few samples at the Autumn Brew Review), I canít pinpoint a malt flavor. But it is there Ė if only for balance and body. And to tell you the truth, thatís all I am interested in from a fresh hop beer anyway. Medium body, amply but gently carbonated, and fairly smooth.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On-tap at the brewpub: Clouded and hazy goldish yellow with a small white cap of smooth froth. Great lacing is placed all throughout the glass as its comsumed in the patterns of snowflakes and bigger splotches.
Aroma is quite nice and pungent at first, very citrusy fruity with clean popping hops. Nice hints to underlying pine and grasses sweep up under the lemony citrus as does some toffee and cereal-like malting which tends to add a bit of dry biscuity grainyness. Its got a great nose, the only thing was it tended to fade by midglass.
Flavors are nearly the same from what comes out of the smell with a very well balanced and toned brigade of evenly handled hops where mild lemony citrus makes the mainstay with very clean bitterness with a light toffee backing and grass edged pineyness in some of the late effects of the middle and finish. The finish continues to breathe new life into its composition as the fluffy cereal-like biscuit dry malting adds some nice nuances over the end of the clean and easy bittering citric hops.
Feel is quite clean given its unfiltered nature in appearance, light on the buds mostly, which is amazing to behold as its flavors really make thier way around with ease due to that overall lighter-like body.
Drinkablity is down right simple, easy, and clean. By the pint. Yes. And more so! Damnable. Drinkable! Yum! And at only 4.8% this is sessionable by leaps and bounds!
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dirty Orange/Brown Coloring with White Skin. Citrusy Wet Hop Aroma. Medium Mouthfeel. Really Expressive Fountain of Hops, Light Malt Background and Citrus All The Way Through. Not Too Piney.... with a Dry Aftertaste.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This gets a five for appearance. RAYBOY01 brought back a growler from Minneapolis and poured me a slightly hazy, deep orange ale with a sustained creamy head. During the pour there was a "plop," a sound I normally donít care for in my beers... but out dropped a large hop cone. This exemplified the drink, strong grapefruit, orange, and pine hop smells over a caramel malt. The hop bitterness in the taste is what most brewers shoot for in their IPAs, but here it was in Town Hallís APA atop a sturdy malt backbone. Nice prolonged bitter finish. Great brew!
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RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intense Cascade grapefruit/orange hop aroma, promising much...Wonderfully attractive deep orange pour with a huge, long-lasting off-white head. Rich roasted caramel malt sweetness more than offset by HUGE pine/grapefruit/orange/resin hop bitterness...Hoppiness seems to subside somewhat in the finish. Very Most Excellent!!! I know! I know! The hop cone in the growler is a gimmick....but itís a gimmick I LIKE! A LOT!!!
JK (4844) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This looks like their excellent Masala Mama IPA; dark and cloudy. A crisp and clean beer, dominated by hops, but balanced by malt. A nice alternative to the strictly hop flavored beers these guys sometimes put out. Loads of citrus, and this leads to a little sourness. Very good.
badgerben (4564) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark copper color with a thin head. Strong aroma of citrus, predominantly orange. Holy mother of hops! Uber-hops in this one, but thankfully there is a substantial malt base to avoid the overpowering bitterness, which is not nearly as much as one might expect. More citrusy than floral or pine.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big, bold, fresh cascade hops in the aroma and taste of this wonderful pale. The malt is in the background but its sweetness prevents the hop from being caustic. I gave it a 5 for appearance since the dark orange, unfiltered body and dense head were gorgeous and inviting. The hop cone that popped out of the growlerís first pour and into my glass was a great addition. Iím glad I was warned before...
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Made with Cascade hops, 150 pounds of them, freshly picked and rushed to the brewery, with 5 hop additions, and a filtration through a "hop tea."
Hazed orange coloration, firm, lasting off-whitish, rocky head. Most promising appearance.
Aroma is all Cascadeís citric zest and pine, lemon rind, forest leaves, and pure splendor in the grass.
Fresh hoppitude dominates the taste, and the brew boards the palate boldly, lively and utterly lovely. Huge hop appeal, hop fanatics are in store for a true delight in this one! The flavor lasts long in the mouth, and when the glass is done, it lingers in the memory, as well.
Hops please the tongue with each new meeting of lip and glass, and the pure pleasure never stops.
full bodied, long, fresh finish, all hop pleasure..canít go wrong with this one!
Just delicious. This is what craft beer is all about!
P.S. I later enjoyed more from a growler, and they left a little something inside...Iíll let you guess what...