beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh growler - Smeared peach. Medium dusty white moonscape sits atop. Keeps a solid layer always present and the lacing sticks across the glass in thin stringy sheets.
Aroma isnít quite up to par with what the tap provided at the release, its not quite as bright and crisp out of the growler. On-tap was an instant 10. Big, bright, and cleanly hoppy. Still, its magnificently hoppy from the growler. The Columbus profile is standing tall, mostly resinuos, herbal, finely grated and twisted peels of lemon, lime, and orange are thrown in as is a touch of crisply saturated pineyness. Has a great toasty bright edge to it to boot.
Taste gives out the hops with a big surge of resinuos flavors with touches of herbs in the front and first applications of crispy toastyness. Blamm-o, it begins with the lips, sits on the tongue, and ends on the palate. Slides into some citric notions in the middle. Returns to a smokey resin filled grab of pine-sided, clean, bitterness which sits for a good portion of time before a bitteredly dry realm of herbs rebound back with a slight twist of lemon and orange pithyness and yet more resin. It gives and gives and gives. Memorable and eager to please with a great toasty backing. One fantastic ride of hop filled goodness. Yummy wowness!
Feel is well-balanced in a medium, quenchable body of toasty crisp hops and clean bitterness. The Columbus hops do their thing with this one. Quite resinous with great additions to citrusy piths and peels and pine. So remarkably clean and down right addicting. Hoops knows his hops. This will not disappoint the hopheads out there. Little Dog sits up with hops, rolls over with toastyness, and begs to be drank.
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark golden color with a medium head that fades fast. Dry hoppy aroma with a little floral. Very nice flavor. Itís quite loaded with hops of the citrus and floral variety. The Columbus stands out grandly. It was dry hopped and that seems the likely culprit for the freshness of it. Pretty thick body. Damn fine.
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.
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. Thatís from the samples (at least 4, that I remember) at the pub tonight, but weíre 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 canít 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.
ElGaucho (2240) - 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.
muzzlehatch (4424) - 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.
barleyPops (1141) - 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!
heykevin (1277) - 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. Iím impressed that a brewery with a definitive hoppy beer (masala mama) can come up with another unique hop combo this good.
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 canít 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.
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.