curly (2397) - Redmond, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazed gold with a frothy, rocky beige head that lasts a long time. Aroma of mostly tropical fruits and little pine. Taste is on the less bitter side than more bitter, still a nice bitter finish, kind of herbal. Pretty good beer but kind of lacking.
HoppyAlesToYou (152) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Aromas of caramel, cereal, dough, and butterscotch, but not much in the way of typical hop scents. Kind of smells like sweetened iced tea from a can or bottle. Mostly clear amber topped by a rocky white head, an initial light sweetness yields to medium bitterness. The light body, thin texture, and soft carbonation make this very drinkable. Seems to be somewhere between a hoppy amber ale and Samuel Smithís India Ale, and unlike any other fresh hop ale I have tried.
AmEricanbrew (5205) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber color/ lasting ivory head. Nice pine sap, spicy, herbal, dry hoppy aromas. medium body. Nice dry spicy herbal hop flavors with a solid bready, caramel malty base, nicely bitter finish--very tasty fresh hop
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is leafy and danky with some citrus and caramel malts. Pours amber, decent lasting head, a touch of lace. The flavor is caramelly, doughy with fresh leafy hops both fruity and danky with a fresh snappy bite in the finish. Well put together just not remarkably interesting.
brenn79 (1342) - Idaho, USA - SEP 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle- Pours autumn amberish orange with an off white head. Aroma is very piney and resinous. The flavor is piney bitter, this is a hop bomb. Body is medium, carbonation is medium, finish is bitter. I have had better fresh hops, in fact I donít know how they even call this a fresh hop beer, It sounds like only one out of the two batches that this beer consists of is actually fresh hops, Decent IPA still.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2012 Bottle, 2011: Deep orange hue with a tightly packed, frothy head. Orange-like nose. Bright. Super smooth and creamy up front; crisp and sharp in the finish. VMalt flavors have mild hints of caramel, toffee and toast. Very snappy and pungent hop flavors -- resinous, nutty, green and gamey. Bold, peppery-grassy bitterness. Tasty fresh hop ale, but more bitter than most. 2012: Earthy-sweet, cakey malts. Grassy-floral hops. Moderate, balanced bitterness. Tasty.
michaelinwa (537) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Seems like a fairly typical higher quality IPA to me, so I cannot say that I notice anything very distinctive about the "fresh hop" component of this beer. Perhaps the bitterness, of which there is an ample amount, is maybe a little less harsh than I would have expected. It does linger long after the finish, but itís not overdone. I do not find a lot more going on with this beer other than the hop flavor, but it is an IPA after all. I was somewhat disappointed in the aroma, which was just not very prominent. Overall, itís a pretty good IPA, but probably not one that I will seek out on anything but an occasional basis.
bvc (1127) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, 2011 release. Pours a clear caramel tinted gold with bright even head. Light balance of fresh pine, touch of pineapple, faint crystal malt adding some sweetness, as well as some faint buttery caramel. Touch sweet up front, non descript hop characters...mostly pine and light grapefruit, faint ice tea, caramel, light hop bittering throughout but really comes out more in the finish and lingers on the palate. Above average for sure and would like it even better if the malt was dialed back just a touch.
crackedmachine (446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours translucent amber with a medium off-white head. Floral, grassy hop aroma along with some sweet caramel from the malt. Flavor is malty and sweet, contrasting against piney, bitter hops. Mild lingering bitterness. Sweet and bitter.
BrewDad (4509) - Olympia, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Collins Pub Ė Seattle, WA
Aroma: Fresh hops aroma with a nice malt backing. Fruity aroma lingers.
Appearance: Amber in color, clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Big hops flavor. Fruity with malt backing. This was a well balanced brew.
Palate: Dry with a smooth finish.
Overall: This was a super fresh hop brew.