MartinT (7476) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
Lively citrus, sandy and piney hop resins make this IPA a truly compelling pint for the hophead.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sturdy head of foam laces around the cloudy pale straw.
-The coniferous hop bitterness is as intense as the aroma. This is chock-full of hop aroma, flavor AND finish. And all is brightly expressed.
-Calling this a Pale Ale is quite deceiving. This is hoppier than many IPAs!
-Drinkability is perhaps lower than average due to the intensity of the bitterness.
-If you are turned off by the ícat litterí component of some hops, you might not like this brew.
On tap at Lord Hobo.
ClarkVV (3734) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Deep Ellum on 2/14/14
Mild haziness in the deep golden body and topped by a firm, fluffy white head that shows fair retention.
Nicely hoppy in the nose, providing plentiful C-hop notes; orange, grapefruit some light mango and pineapple and pretty low on the hop resin or alcohol. Lightly sweet malts provide honey and touches of cream-of-wheat notes with a clean yeast (despite the haziness). Medium-high to high strength of aroma.
Even better in the flavor, amazingly enough. Full of fruity hoppiness and moderately bitter citrus with only a kiss of pine on the end, culminating in more tropical fruits as it warms and a balancing but quite dry pale maltiness. Soft, almost creamy mouthfeel and no hop acid burn make this a standout beer and just an all-around well-done IPA. Certainly the best these guys offer and one Iíd happily drink any time. I like that the abv (while still high, objectively) is relatively low for the style. Would like to see a completely bright sample, which must be phenomenal if itís this good with some sediment in it.
Tonkun (582) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Hazy, white orange pour with a finger of head that seem to last forever. Citrus, citrus peel, fruit juice. Powerful and juicy aroma. Body is medium but lighter than expected. Slight bitterness with a long fruity but bitter finish. Very nice
phaleslu (5701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared at RBWG, Friday night tasting at the roach motel. This is the kind of garbage juice Loines drinks, so it must be good. Pours a hazy, pale gold with a small white ring for a head. Very clean - citrusy and herbal hops, sweet and pale and wheat and cereal malts, and some grass. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a clean mouthfeel. Excellent APA.
mkgrenwel (530) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy lemon yellow pour. Looks like a witbier. Creamy bone white head. Tons of lacing in the glass. Aroma initially is of actual hop pellets. Smells like sticking your nose in the fridge at the homebrew store. Then pineapple and mango come out. Lime and white grapefruit as well. Flavor is a huge hit of all kinds of juicy fruity hop flavors. This is citra dominated, so pineapple, mango and other tropical fruit are at the lead. Tons of that hop pellet dust flavor of pure unadulterated hops all over. Malt is light and understated. Just enough to contribute a light honey and biscuit foundation for hops to dance all over. Bitterness is ample and a bit strong for a pale, but softened by the aggressive juiciness of the hops. Palate is full and wet, completely thirst quenching. I canít get enough of this beer. A growler goes too fast. Everything Iíve had from Trillium has been solid, but this is the standout, must try beer.
bytemesis (2409) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler thanks to WillRunForBeer! Pours cloudy golden amber, small creamy white head, nice lacing. Aroma is very citra-esque with a great combination of pine, citrus, dank forest floor, cat poss. Flavor is the same, light sweet and light bitter but bursting with hop flavors. Full body for the style, quite creamy mouthfeel. Reaching Pseudo Sue levels of quality here.
deyholla (5842) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared by Leighton, thanks! Pours a hazy pale yellow with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has bit of a dank pine note with a grass, citrus and sweet grain backing. Flavor has bitter citrus up front with a bit of light fruit but finish is dank pine and resin.
barn0216 (344) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler shared with bytemesis. Opaque color, golden orange, some foam but it mostly disappears quickly. Citrus dominated smell with some dank. There is more there that i donít have the patience to pick out. Suffice to say it is very pleasantly aromatic. Taste is pine resin bitter, or bitter greens, grass, a little metallic at times. Standout for a pale ale, very flavorful.
Drake (7831) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBWG14 Trip Rating #25. Growler shared by Leighton at the Friday Night Downtown Inn Bottle Share. Pours a hazy orange color with a thin fizzy tan head. Aroma of floral, citrus, herbal hops and pale malts. The taste is pale malts, herbal and floral hops. Medium bodied.
jcnielsen (1636) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBWG, courtesy of leighton. Pours a hazy golden color with white head. Citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit flavors.