incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Explodes with piney hop aroma. Right on pace with last years batch. Nicely bitter, like chewing on a hop vine. One of the best brews I tried at ABR. Will be getting some growlers of this!
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, 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!!!
chindong (10) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had the day before Darkness day. Nicely spicy and extremely bitter. A little one-dimensional, but I like that in this style of beer.
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
Gregis (1281) - 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.
badgerben (4479) - 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 (4520) - 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.
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.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at pub. It is fresh and it is hoppy. That is all it is but it is more than enough. Tastes like you are drinking the hop straight off the vine.
beastiefan2k (2478) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, 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.