BillKismet (3520) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light amber, ok head. Herbal hoppiness with hints of mint--nice. Fruity and herbal hoppiness on the palate with a well-balanced malt backbone. I am curious about the Bravo hops, and what quality they impart. A solid fruity and herbal IPA that is sessionable--quite statement for an 8% ABV brew. Would like to enjoy again, though don’t know how likely that will be unless I make it to Calgary!
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Opened too late, too late. Nose is ripe grapefruit, delicate, perfumey, but the great citrus and spruce hop punch I remember has faded. Palate still has plenty of bitterness, but the love is gone. Still a lovely beer, but a shadow of its former glory. I truly hope they brew this again.
after4ever (6749) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
500. swingtop. grapefruit nose. creamy medium body with some tingly carb. bitter grapefruit and caramel mid palate. long bitter finish. still tasty.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 19, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
yum yum, this was a great beer. Floral citrus aroma. Pours a dark copper with thick head. Very hoppy but not overpowering, great refreshing finish. I’ll throw my hat in the ring with this one over the Tree.
philippem (105) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Présence massive du houblon; un peu mentholé, très citrique, un peu résineux. Le malt caramel vient rééquilibrer tout ça avec sagesse. Chu fatigué. J’va m’coucher.
TimE (4154) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden color. Frothy white head. Apricots and citrusy nose. Hops are a touch spicy. Fully malty backbone, but with enough hops to really lift this up. Very well balanced. Excellent mouthfeel. Long lingering hoppy finish with a touch of malty sweetness. Top notch in many ways, but cranking up the hops would have made this out of this world.
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The smell is sweet and and heavy, you get an inkling of the huge hop presence but it doesn’t assult your nose. A hazy red/gold with lots of particulates, you can sort of see through it but not very clearly. The taste is nothing short of what I dream about when I think of an IPA. Ever since I had my first one of these (and didn’t rate it!) I HAVE been dreaming about it! It’s too bad it’s so rare, it’s almost a shame to drink it. The hops flavour is balanced so well it doesn’t make sense that you can taste that many IBU’s and still have a clean palate by the time your done swallowing. If this could be a regular brewed beer, it might change the face of IPA’s foreever.
matt7215 (2265) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from a trade with hobbersr. pours clear orange with a fluffy tan head. great retention and beautiful lacings. low carconation. american hop aroma, some honey comb, citrus,. great aroma but it could use some dry hopping. big pale malts up front, citrus hop middle and pine hop finish. the high IBU’s show and you can tell some high AA hops were boiled for over 60min. this is a very good example of an IIPA. it actually reminds me quite a bit of hopslam. add more dryhopping and youve got a winner.
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a brilliant copper with a dense quarter-finger head with decent retention. Aroma is lovely - sweet candy-malt and leafy, fresh hops. The taste is very, very green leafy hops. This beer is clearly very young - possibly dry hopped? Great sweet malt backbone, aftertaste dies away gradually - I wish it lasted longer. Creamy body, decent carbonation. This is a very green beer and needs to age. I will try and acquire another bottle to this end!
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle. I was lucky enough to get one of the 84 bottles available tho the retail market. Purchased at Andrew Hilton in Lethbridge AB. Pours a clear copper colour with a nice one finger sized white head that laces to my glass the whole way to the bottom of my tulip glass. Aroma has pine, honey dew melon, citrus (lemon and grapefruit), resin, white pepper, and floral esters. Taste is sweet initially. Almost an iced tea herbal sweetness. Honey dew melon then comes through followed by some woodiness and brown sugar. Then the hops rear their head. Pine, resin, lemon, grapefruit, and pepper. Defiantly chinook hops with a hint of cascade. Mouth feel is a little heavy and sticky but it coats your mouth in a very pleasant way. Wish I could get more of this, but it was great while it lasted.