UDBeernut (1419) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery’s tasting room pours a lovely burnt orange shade, translucent, capped by white head and sticky lacing. Nose is pure pine. Caramel holds to pine and citrus together and has a nice full body. Yes!
Damico (2305) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clearer golden orange sunset in color with a decent white head. The subtle but pleasant aroma brings some grass and pine and sweet notes for sure. The flavor is one of the smoother, better summit hops beers I have had considering this was such an experimental brew! The flavors of hops, bitter, sweet, and piney, all blend well and smooth on the tongue. Deliciously unexpected!
orangesol (604) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on-tap at the brewery.
A - Pours clear golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head, dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving light lace down the top of the glass.
S - Smells of light citric hops, caramel, toffee, pine needles and some dulled spicy yeast. The grains start to take over as it sits in the glass.
T - Starts off with quite a bit of sweet grain, plenty of caramel and toffee right away. Once the initial sweetness passes the citric hops really kick in but it is such a short time that it is almost a tease. Plenty of hop bitterness in the finish, combining with the grains to linger on the pallet long after consumption.
M - Grainy feel initially with growing hop bitterness the rest of the way. Smooth body with moderate carbonation round things out.
O - Another interesting IPA from the scratch series. I am not the biggest fan of summit hops but they are nice to try every now and then. I won’t be rushing back for more but I would never turn another down.