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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 110   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The sweet, yet earthy tones of the hops seduce you with an alluring aroma. At 110 IBUs, this beer may intimidate, but fear not: once you dive in, the subtle malt profile and mellow sweetness of local honey rein it in. Your boldness is rewarded with intricate layers of hops, leaving you weak in the knees and eagerly anticipating your next sip. You’ll always remember your First Kiss.

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3.8
edgallow (4550) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2017
12 oz bottle pours golden with a off white head. Aroma of resin, floral, honey and some caramel. Taste is resin, fruit and some caramel

3.3
Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2017
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Wauwatosa. Hazy dark amber, large foamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of pine, resin, toffee, caramel, honey. The taste is honey, toasted malt, berries, mandarin orange, pine. Medium bodied, a little bit too sweet. Decent.

1.8
muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2016
12 ounce bottle from Woodman’s in Janesville, WI, sampled a little below cellar temp from a pint glass. A billowy, very stable off-white head takes it’s time to slide down the glass and thickly lace it above the very clear, slightly oily-looking dark amber liquid....strong resinous-piney character to the aroma, a bit of honey, something like creosote or other wood-based chemical - not that strong and not unpleasant actually, just interesting - also a bit of vanilla that grows after a few minutes...extremely sweet on the front, overly so from my perspective, and the sugariness reminds me just as much of saccharine as honey, unfortunately, with a bitterness to it that isn’t all hops...after a couple of sips I’m a little more accustomed to the sugary assault, but it’s still an overload and though I can drink it I’m not entirely sure I want to...finish is thankfully a bit drier, very bitter, rather harsh, burnt and long...full and quite syrupy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. This is kind of interesting as an example of taking both hops and sweetness to the extreme, but though I think of myself as someone with a higher tolerance than most for sweetness in beer, and a very high tolerance for bitterness, this simply does not work and is frankly undrinkable to me.

3.5
TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2016
Pours a mostly clear darker golden color with white head. Floral notes, sweet tones, spruce, and some grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied and sticky. Finishes with light honey sweetness and spruce notes.

3.9
Christpuncher (3214) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2016
Aroma is peachy and earthy. Belabor is sweet from the honey and hoppy. Slight bitter finish pours cloudy reddish orange with a thin cream head. Had a bottle at home

3.3
commonmac (1345) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2016
12 oz bottle purchased at Surdyk’s in Minneapolis. Consumed from a pint glass on a Friday night in February. Attractive looking beer with a light copper color and slight haze. Pour generates about a half finger of head that doesn’t really strive to linger. Well-laced. Aroma has a strong hop presence with resin and pine coming through. Maybe a little bit of malty/caramel trying to offer aromatic elements towards the end. Taste has a healthy dose of sugary sweetness with an oily, sticky quality that sticks to the tongue. As the sip progresses, the IPA characteristics make their presence known with a strong bitterness that lingers longer than most. Alcohol is basically hidden and I’m surprised to see the 8.2% tag on the bottle. As the pint glass becomes more and more empty, the taste buds feel the impact of hops overpowering the sweetness originally brought forth by the honey element. Much like my first kiss, I’m not really going to remember this one as more than just another notch in belt.

3
commonshawn (1333) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2016
12oz bottle from surdyks. Dark gold light copper with frothy white head. Piney resin oily honey nose. Some grain aroma. Sweet and syrupy, herbal, then long bitter. Drying and sticky. A bit too syrupy and sticky sweet. A kiss that sticks with you.

3.7
Fredis23 (568) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Slightly hazy dark brownish orange color, huge foamy head that leaves lots of lacing. Sweet malt, honey, floral pine hop aroma. Sweet malt, honey, earthy hops, resin. Medium body, long lasting bitter aftertaste. Hides ABV well. Easy to drink. Enjoyed it. Just like a First Kiss it is Memorable. Might long for it and want another one. Could it be that you’re In Love? If you Like the style, then Yes, it is that good. Plus, it comes from Sheboygan WI, a place that has some sentimental value... Recommended.

4.2
Savage_Night (438) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Pours copper orange with a medium white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a thin cap. Mellow carbonation retains the thin white cap. AROMA: malty, tangerines, pineapple, honey, coriander, caramel, orange zest, herbs, grass bitterness, leaves, earthy, dank, wax, floral, herbal hops, spices and slightly woody. TASTE: malty, tangerines, pineapple, honey, coriander, caramel, herbs, grass bitterness, pine resin, floral, leaves, earthy, dank, wax, herbal hop spice, faint peppercorn and slightly woody. AFTER TASTE: citrus, malty, honey, hop spice and herbs with an oily/creamy finish followed by a boozy/spice warmth in the chest.

3.9
vandc01 (444) - North Branch, USA - DEC 10, 2015
12oz bottle pour at home. No bottle date.

Seemed pretty fresh. Does have some good honey taste.

Will drink fresh, cause I think this beer has the potential to be a huge malt bomb when old.



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