detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper color, and even a slow pour gives a couple inches of creamy head. Great head retention, spotty lacing. Fresh green juicy citrusy with a spicy tangerine aroma.
Lots of fresh, leafy hop flavor, lots of citrus, ample bitterness. Citrus flavors are lime, tangerine, and grapefruit juice. All these with a hint of spice and a grainy biscuit malt profile in the background.
Medium body, moderate but soft carbonation. Bitter resinous citrus flavor in the aftertaste.
ElGaucho (2320) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fuity aroma with a nice hop profile evident. Clear amber body. Very little visibile carbonation. Decent sized head that is somewhat lasting. Head is off-white. Excellent lace. Soft mouthfeel, cask-like. Nicely bitter. Great session qualities.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber colored body with no head (last of the sampler). Sweet fruity aroma that matched with flavor. Creamy palate and a good end to my visit to Town Hall.
JK (5127) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great aroma with tons of fruit. Light red, nearly pink color. Flavor is straightforward with hops. There is some citrus here, but mostly a bitter pale ale. A little sweet. Finish is very dry.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at the brewpub: Torpid dark ambery brown with a small densely packed light tan cap. Keeps its cap well, lasts for a fair amount of the session and laces in adequate stringy sheets.
Aroma is of leafy hop resin tea. Quite pungent and unmissable. Earthy, musty, mildly spiced, resinous hops; pale citrusy stuff spreads across some lofty deep dark caramel but overall; very much like black tea with a leafy hop twist.
On the tastes we get a big load of herbal rendering going on with resiny hop oils and leafyness. Bold and bittered on top, smooth and juicy underneath. Forthright grab of bitterness up front with a tinge of grapefruit, lime, and pine. Appley melon caramel with trace citrus pith and upped dosages of earthen hop resin bleed quickly from its severed artery of beginning bitterness. And much like the smell, pungency reigns over all the rest of the taste with a wicked complexity of bashed and brushed fruits, twigs, leafs, and all. Damp and sticky, sweet, and herbally bittered. Fainter citrusy tones emerge late across the finish as the mixture of earthy fruits and herbs round off the back end. Truly A Hop Tea.
Bold and thick bodied for a pale. Fairly full and sticky. Perhaps not as crisp or as clean as I would like for a pale but the body works well with what effects the darker, mushier flavors are adding. Actually felt a bit dopplebock-like in its effort. Odd but fitting.
Drinkability is good, its addicting to say the least, but its overall sticky presense and thicker complexity makes for very slow recovery sip after sip. It took me quite a long while to finish my second pint. This is definately one of those mealy type drinkers.
badgerben (4651) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark copper color with a medium head. Lots of hops, but as Pigfoot mentioned, it doesnít smell like the familiar variety. A little earthy. The taste is great: a heady mix of raw hops, but not getting slammed by the pine or bitterness. There is a large note of earth and wine tannins with perhaps even a smidge of coffee. I typically donít care for Pales all that much, but this one was great.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear, coppery/ amber hue, good, creamy dollop of suds atop, rocky and slowly crumbling.
Bare hops smother the nose, but not a typical variety, so itís character isnít telegraphed by any familiarity. Galena is not an ingredient with much use, though Iíve seen it mentioned as being among the mix in several of Hoopsí previous brews.
Spicy, dark fruit, (apple, grape, melon), caramelly, but not the usual way, through malts. Very spicy, with a complex citric twist (as in, DOESNíT scream grapefruit and pine!), Feels more like an English-style than the current trend in American IPAs.
Taste: Big, nay, HUGE bitter bite up front on the palate that grabs the tongue, pins it down, and slathers it with tasty, bitter hoppitude. Dominates the taste buds, gets down and sticky with it, then cleanly rides off, and finishes dryly on the palate. Medium bodied. Dark citric fruity flavor, blended with a caramel/chocolate kick. Or am I imagining things? My delusions aside, nicely hoppy ale here, with a complex and rewarding taste that lasts all the way.
Non-hopheads, steer clear, this is one might be a challenge for you. Members of the tribe, dig in, this is a gritty and greasy one