badgerben (4364) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Autumn Brew Review 2008. Copper color with a thin head. Big, grassy and orange hop aroma. Strong bitterness. Lots of pine, finishing a little citrusy. Not nearly as grassy or vegetal as I would have expected from a Fresh Hop, but damn good.
JK (4293) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ABR 2008. Loads of hops everywhere in this hop-centric beer. The malt takes a back seat. Pine and citrus aroma, with more citrus in the flavor, along with flowers. Wonderfully bitter, with a mild hop burn that would surely be stronger if I had a full pint or 3.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
growler from incutrav. huge thanks!.... pours a dark semi-clear amber brown with a fluffy off-white head....
aroma of really green, fresh of the vine hops with a sweeter pineapple and malt backbone...
flavors have a good balance of malt but the hops play a predominant role. tropical fruits up front and then a decent degree of a bitterness to finish. good level of carbonation and pretty lively mouthfeel.
beastiefan2k (2276) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint pour @ the brewpub. Comes to the table with a strong, fluffy, pillow-y, beautiful head. When it fades the lacing is super sticky. Aroma is, as advertised, ’fresh hop’ with lightly green, lightly sweet, and lightly resiny hops. The cascades come off beautiful. Aroma has some bitterness coming off of it as well. Taste has a bit of that caramel maltiness but not strong enough to make it cloying or too sweet. Plenty of hops and very drying aftertaste. Its a damn good all hop beer that’s not coming out of California.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed at Town hall,night before Darkness day. Absolutely stunning Cascade aroma, it would be hard to improve on this,taste was also overwhelmingly cascade,bitterness was nearly overpowering,for many this would be over the top,but for me,pure heaven
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured fresh out ’da growler... hop cone and all. Intense, spicy, fruity and green aroma. Cannabis, pine bark, earthy hops. Bursting with fresh hops. Malt? What? Pours a firey amber with a dense off white head that sticks all the way down the glass. Bracingly bitter in the intense hop attack. Pine resin. Spicy and bitter. Earthy. Like a meadow circled by pine after a summer rainfall. This one really needed to open up. Rich, thick and oily body with an intensely long, spicy and bitter finish. Yeah... it’s fairly one dimensional, but holy shit, it’s delicious.
Gregis (1279) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - DEC 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler shared by beastiefan2k. Pours a pretty, clear, golden orange with a dense, creamy, ecru head that leaves behind a ladder of lace as it diminishes. The nose is of grapefruit, papaya and light floral notes. Light to medium-bodied, soft and slick with a dry, bitter finish. The flavor is a bright, "green" herbal and citric hops backed by enough pale malt to keep the hops at bay, marginally. This is a very different and tasty brew. The folks in the Twin Cities are truly lucky to have a brewpub like this one in their midst. Thanks again for sharing this with us, Eugene.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler my wife brought me (love), pours a clear amber with a big and dense head that clings, laces, and has pillow like structures. The aroma is of sitting in pine trees in Boundary Waters on a hot summer day surrounded by pot. The flavor makes me think of eating pine trees - many parts are edible. There is citrus, grapefruit, but this one is pine hop forward. The body is almost oily from the hop feel, resinous, broth like - hop soup. Can you tell I like this? Yes, yes I do. I need more growlers of this. Post script: My growler had a hop in it! I chewed that baby right up!!!
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Tap] at Town Hall. Pours a clear gold with a very fluffy off white head that left some nice lacing. Aroma is loaded with dry hopped cascades. Lots of citrus and grapefruit notes, with just a hint of malt in the background. Flavor is strikingly bitter, but not overdone. Loads of citric hops in the flavor and are fairly well balanced by caramelly malt. Lingering bitterness on the finish toes the line on being over the top, but doesn’t cross it.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler with thanks to BeastieFan2K,
pours a clear golden amber with a beautiful fluffy cream colored head, great lacing and retention. Aroma is dominated by fresh grass, citrus, and floral notes. Flavor is somewhat herbal, with more citrus and grass also around. A very nice, green hops presence makes this an enjoyable fresh hop beer. Thanks for the chance to try Eugene!