Braudog (5459) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at the brewpub. This one comes with a towering head of foamy head that clings to the glass for dear life. The aroma hints at an earthier hop -- not being familiar with calypso I’m open minded. The essence comes across to me as an overripe orchard fruit, but neither apple or pear, if that makes any sense whatsoever. Ok, but not my favorite of the day. (#4487, 2/24/2012)
seymour (1307) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted at the 1st annual Urban Chestnut - Wolpertinger beer festival in St. Louis, MO, USA, from tap into beer boot sampler glass. Aromas and flavors were true-to-style American brew-pub IPA. Apparently , the beauty of this new Calypso hop is in the eye of the beholder. I didn’t particularly care for it. I detected the pear essence that everyone raves about; aroma was nice enough, different, but no big deal. And it must not be a very good bittering hop, so the overall effect was pretty one-dimensional. Still glad I tried it. I like when brewers (e.g. Mikkeller) are brave enough to showcase a single ingredient so we can calibrate our senses and make up our own minds. I learned Calypso would probably work well as one aroma ingredient in a more diverse recipe.
Strykzone (4401) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the brewery. This is a hazy golden offering. A small off white head. Some nice subtle grassy hops. Lemon, and pears are tasted. Pears?! Throw in some apples. Apples?! Those wouldn’t seem to belong but they do here. Very well done.
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2012 Draft at 33, and another a few days later at UCBC. Pours a cloudy orange-gold color with a small white head. Aroma of grassy hops, orange citrus, pale malts, cereal, and some dusty grains. Flavor of citrusy hops, pears, sweet malts, cereal, straw, and grass. Light-bodied, with a dry, fruity mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Dry finish. Interesting way to show off the new calypso hop.
SrSilligoose (3090) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at urban chestnut. notes of bright grassy resin with a touch of toasted dry pear sweetness. rustic, earthy lemongrass. touch of grapefruit citrus. clean. dry. well made. neat, good beer.
vyvvy (3553) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Urban Chestnut - pours hazy amber/orange with a white head. The aroma has citrus aroma that’s offset with the apple/pear flavors noted in the description giving a hoppiness that is between rough and smooth with some minor malt that is lightly sweet with a bit of grapefruit zest. Medium crisp snappy body with modest carbonation on the finish. The flavor starts much like the aroma with a hop taste that is very smooth and not abrasive and a noticeable spiciness to the hops and doesn’t display the sweetness of the aroma, but also isn’t overly dry. The malt comes out a bit more on the finish with a nice balance that lingers. A very interesting IPA that isn’t just like others, but is still very approachable.
kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draught at tasting room) Hazy gold with white head and great lace. Aroma of oranges. Flavor is light malt, orange citrus, maybe some pear. Really interesting IPA - wish I hadn’t missed the cask.