detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light copper amber color, bright and clear, and topped by a tall, rocky, cream colored head of foam. Good head retention and very good lacing. Nice piney and grassy hop aroma.
Bitter flavor, but delicious. Herbal grassy hop bitterness is very fresh and pronounced, with a milder but still prominent pine resin and citrus hops behind that. Toasted malt is present mainly for balance and body, but this beer is a hop showcase - from start to finish and then some. Medium body, gentle but plentiful carbonation. Pungeant hops linger in the aftertaste.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler 12/22/05 Intense piney amarillo-rindy aroma. Solid bitterness, citrus-like hop flavor, intense and very pleasant. Solid malt character. Very sessionable, good stuff. I’m impressed that a brewery with a definitive hoppy beer (masala mama) can come up with another unique hop combo this good.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Peachy orange-gold. Lots of earthy and piney hops, quite hoppy. Fruit is tart mandarin orange. Bit spicy. Nice IPA.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint at the brewpub. Darkish cloudy amber with a lasting creamy, soft head....wonderfully fresh and expressive aromas of apricots, grapefruit, vanilla and a touch of new leather...pungently bitter body with slight mineral quality late, fresh and fruity, touch watery...dries out quite a bit at the end....the burn is low-key but lingering...outstanding.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this one out of a growler that hey_kevin opened up at his gathering. Poured a transparent gold/orange color with a white head and some lacing as well. Aroma is pretty intense pine and grapefruit. A little watery mouthfeel up front, but this one finishes strong. Thanks Kevin!
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks to hey_kevin for sharing a growler and for hosting the Iowa City Gathering.
great looking orangey amber with an off-white head and nice looking lace. wonderful piney, grapefruit aroma and flavors of the same with some caramel malt in the background. also had a nice dry bite on the finish. good stuff!
ElGaucho (2371) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I assumed a brew more "restrained" than the Big Dog would be light on flavor and character, and I was wrong. Discernable hop aroma. Hazy amber in color with a thin, off-white head. Good solid hop profile. Quite hoppy. I really like this brew. Much better than I had expected.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I big treat for me after my night of big brews.This was like peeling a grapefruit.I do not think there is much difference between the aroma from this and a grapefruit peel.Very citrus-ee.Left a nice taste on the tongue,very refreshing and would make a nice IPA to have around.Easy to drink.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grapefruity, yes, citrus, yes. Rich yet light and mellow, forgetful body, yet pleasantly smooth. However, may have been my glass, but the afterswallow waft was of overripe armpit, several dirty days into deoderant-starvation. It was deep, deep armpit bitterness: Vitamin D meets colostomy-hole sweetness, cut by vinegar. Overall, I was volleyballing between offended and very pleased with this beer. I can’t say I liked it, but I found it entertaining and certainly not typical. Touch of ancient honeycomb mixing about, and the hops certainly came out to be greeted one by one in a clean and respectful manner.
RERATE: realized it was an IPA, not an American Pale, as the waitress told me. I now rate it one point higher overall.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a little info from the brewer:
Little Dog is the smaller sibling to
the popular "Big Dog Double IPA" we made last year. To make this pale ale
we used virtually the same grain bill (percentage basis) only in a
smaller amout. Hops in Big Dog were Centennial and Ammarillo (one addition
every 10 min) Little Dog is made with Columbus and Cascade (one
addition every 10 min)....and... we drained the beer out of the kettle over
a bed of 44lbs. of leaf Columbus. (this beer smells great!)
Hazed, pale orange hue, huge white head, enormous,...I bow before it...
Aroma: amazing. That’s from the samples (at least 4, that I remember) at the pub tonight, but we’re basing this on the growler tonight, so...very, very wonderful. Big fat freshness, lively, huge hoppiness, ripe hops, intense aromatics...big pine and herb...grassy galore, with plenty citric kick, too...large and in charge hop intensity. Much worth the sniffing...
On the tongue, utterly pleasing, a massive hop attack, well-met malt, and integral hoppitude. Astounding, really. Big, brittle bitterness. Super huge freshness. This was a delight on tap, I had, what, 5 pints, there....and here at home, dang, but they just can’t stop!
An incredible beer, fresh and delicious. zesty, yummy...full-bodied, long, citric finish.
Lord, I love it....love it now, will love it again...great beer.