badgerben (4611) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold color with a medium head. Very light hop aroma, which surprised me. The taste, however, is not light. Incredibly punishing onslaught of citrus and pine hops. The hops almost disappear as if overwhelmed by pure alpha acid. Enjoyable for the first half pint, then just painful.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. A clear amber color with a good sized chunky head, nice lacing. Aroma of a whole lot of pine, some citrus as well. Strong bitterness. Nice beer, hops are showcased.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This year, 200 pounds of Cascades, picked last week, shipped out via FedEx on Wednesday, started the brewing Thursday.
Didn’t catch the abv on it, but it’s not about the booze, it’s all about the amazing, in-you-face hoppitude.
Two pints at the pub for the tapping, and now I pour from a growler into an Urthel tulip glass.
Hazed, pale apricot/peach appearance, lively head, white and bubbly. Lovely.
Amazing aroma Fresh, vibrant pine and citrus, orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Bold and beautiful.
On the tongue and in the mouth: Bam, bam, bam! Slick and sleek, big bitterness blasts the palate, coats the senses. Rides up and down the tongue, tickling every bump and every inch of it.
Lean-bodied, not a word from malt, but, of course, that’s not the point of this ambitious experiment. Not so much body, but the huge citrus-y hop flavor hangs on the tongue forever!
If you really, really want to taste the hops, when "a kiss of the hops" won’t do...damn, but this is the stuff.
And the tradition continues...there’s my complimentary hop cone floating in the froth inside the growler.
Some might call this too extreme. I call it love.