Beaver (2171) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2020
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2020 16 oz can, canned 6/10/20. Pours hazy dark yellow with a medium meringue white head that retains fairly well and leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is fruit with resiny piney hops that are slightly catty.
The flavor is some wheat malt with sugary fruit and a big resiny ashy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, a nice NE DIPA, but not quite the mind blowing experience I was expecting. Too much catty, ashy, dank hops. tfontana (2759) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 3, 2020
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2020 Can (6/22/20) pour. Appearance is deeply hazy light brown-orange-yellow with nice lazy sparkle at the edges of the glass, finger-width foamy white head with decent retention and light lacing. Aroma is citrus, candied fruit, herb/vegetal, pine that you kind of need to sit with to get through the various layers. Cracker malt backbone. Taste is strong pine and citrus, with stone fruit and bitter component dominating the second half. Mouthfeel is light side of light-to-medium bodied with smooth, frothy texture, soft carbonation, fair alcohol warmth and finish as taste with strong bitter finish. Overall, I can see the bridge between the West Coast IPA's and the birth of NEIPA and this is an important beer. Very well crafted as there's good complexity but it doesn't beat you over the head. Enjoyable, and I'm glad I've now had it, but given what's being produced these days it doesn't blow me away. A bit thin for the style these days. onceblind (15693) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2020
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2020 Hazy rich golden with a thick white head. Lovely nose of dank fresh floral resinous hop oils and a touch of grapefruit pith. Smells like a summer beer fest. Full flavor that’s a little soft and pale and wheaty but has a bit of body to it , supporting a fresh floral dank resinous bitterness that’s balanced and smooth. Really firm and charming and dank. zoucrew102 (4130) - - JUN 23, 2020
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2020 Pint can. Cantaloupe hop aroma with notes of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange and some pine resin. Pours hazy golden colored with a large off white head that has excellent retention and good, soapy lacing. Starts with juicy pineapple, mango and orange flavors. Finishes dry, but quite smooth with wonderful cantaloupe, dank grapefruit and pine resiny hop flavors. Quite good. Definitely lives up to the hype. TheGB (584) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2020
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2020 Delicious from the can (happy now Alchemist?), but also I poured some in a glass to get the full aroma. It was so tasty that I chugged it and now I don't have any left to write this review. Aroma was good with lots of hoppy goodness. But mostly I couldn't get over the mouth feel, which seemed to have a perfect hazy thickness to it. I've had other hyped beers that didn't live up to it, but this one does.
PilsnerRates48 (8) - - MAY 15, 2020 does not count
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2020 Honestly this beer opened up the world of craft for me and introduced me how extreme flavor can really set you on a pursuit of the best beer in the world! pdog555 (1122) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 8, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2020 Pours hazy yellow with a thick, foamy, white head. Aroma of resinous hop notes, grapefruit. Taste has resinous pine and cedar, orange, grapefruit on the tongue. Palate has an oily mouthfeel with an herbal residual on the tongue. Citrus on the nose, light. Good. oobawa (3459) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2020 Hype-worthy. Big, juicy, resinous hop notes, dripping with grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, and stone fruit, backed up by wood, white pepper, and hints of berry, all slathered with a bitter, piney dose of hop vitriol. Subtle grain and honey sweetness creates a sturdy, necessary base. Finishes with a mild vanilla tone and endless oily hop goodness. Absolutely delicious. Cristobal37 (2133) - Tustin, California, USA - APR 29, 2020
UPDATED: APR 29, 2020 Can. Very hazy honey color with head that mostly dissipates. Strong fresh hop aroma. Resiny, piney, fruity hops. Maybe its that unpasteurized bit but something hazy this way comes on the nose. Strong dense hoppy beer. Long bitter hop palate. Not a 1000ibu wrecking ball but very long lasting leafy hop snack for later in the mouth kinda drink. Im really not into NEipas, and this one is from Vermont, so either this is the best hazy double ever or this mofo made me turn a corner. It's a deeply hoppy and bitter dipa that definitely had a hand in the boom of the style. Great beer. poisoneddwarf (3992) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 24, 2020
UPDATED: APR 24, 2020 16 oz. Five weeks old. Pours hazy golden-orange with a one+ finger cream-white pillowy head with excellent retention. Aroma is cantaloupe, B.O., latex, passionfruit, strawberry Laffy Taffy. Taste has a moderate to high pithy bitterness, light juicy sweetness, with flavors like the aroma. Perfect creamy mouthfeel with just right carbonation. Slightly better than Focal Banger. A little less perceived bitterness, too.