ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, tropical, lemon, and pine hops with sweet caramel and biscuit malts.
T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, and tropical hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine and grassy hops come through with some more bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, tropical, piney, and lightly spicy hops with some resiny bitterness and some sweet biscuity malts.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a bitter and lightly dry and sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice hoppy IPA with some nice New Zealand hops and good overall balance.
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - SEP 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ottima ipa! Bellissima da vedere, bella schiuma bianca, poco persistente, colore arancione dorato leggermente tordido, aroma pungente ma non cosi intenso sapore fresco erbaceo e amaro ma non troppo. Finale fresco secco amaro molto persistente!
jgb9348 (5715) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very hazy golden blonde coloured body with a two centimetre tall off-white head. Aroma of yeast, fresh grassy and very herbal hops, alcohol, resin and a decent amount of malt - seemingly nice balance. Medium-bodied; Very strong carbonation at first then lightens up and shows a tremendous amount of cascade and other PNW hops - very nice and pungent. Strong citrus, grapefruit, pine and herbal bite to the taste with a lot of malt following behind. Aftertaste shows a decent amount of alcohol, some grain and malt and a lot of pine/grapefruit hoppiness with a very dry finish and a lot of hop bitterness. Overall, a very nice and refreshing IPA that is very true to the style, showing a West Coast IPA, but from NZ - very welcome. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 22-July-2012 for US$6.35 (not unlike what you’d pay anywhere in NZ for this same bottle) sampled at home in Washington on 29-August-2012.
fletchfighters (1410) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A-- Poured a hazy honey orange color. Fluffy bright white head, one finger, that slowly faded to film. Good retention on swirling and leaves a good amount of film on the sides of the glass for lacing.
S-- Tropical fruits, lychee, guava, passion fruit, lemon and orange peel, grapefruit, and a light carmel malt backbone. Nice nose on this.
T-- Pine and grapefruit bitterness. Slightly sweet taste and some lemon, lime and and orange acidity. Not the strange flower tasting bitterness that I have gotten used to with NZ beers.
M-- Clean, crisp, and finishes quite dry. Good lingering hop bitterness finish. In the mouth the lack of malt is apparent and in a way the beer needs more malt but it is well balanced for what it is.
O-- Easy drinking, well balanced IPA. Well hidden ABV. One of the better Kiwi IPA’s I have had with the Kiwi hops being used. Lacking in the feel a bit but rest is pretty good.
subcombicio (167) - Marghera, ITALY - AUG 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
una ipa che richiama quelle americane.... floreale e con note ammiccanti che invitano al sorso seguente....
bhensonb (14157) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours hazy orange gold with a slight white head. Aroma is floral/fruit and something suggesting celery. Med body. Flavor is light roast malt, fruity, floral and "celery". - developing some resin. Smooth. Not harsh, but quite hoppy and decently bitter.
marcus (9212) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from City Beer. Pours cloudy amber with a nice beige head and a citrus, toffee and celery aroma. There is a tasty caramel malt flavor with a friuty finish. The hopping is quite unusual in that the flavor is more fruity than bitter. A nice brew.
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Honestly the aroma was amazing, but the flavor let me down a little. Too malty in my mind, but I did just finish the Fresh Hopwired. Still a solid IPA and one I will have to try again.
ddemmingjr (797) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle: pours hazy, pale orange, brief white head. nose is oranges, tangerine, real fruity. caramel malts, rather sweet. subtle resinous hops. balanced. long, dry bitter finish with medium carbonation. Really solid IPA
Mikkylar (94) - Placentia, California, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours murky, dark orange with big white head. Aroma of citrus, grass, cat pee. Flavors of tropical fruit. Light body with medium body. Bitter finish.