superspak (5497) - Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2017
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/27/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear medium golden/yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense a fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big passion fruit, papaya, guava, peach, pineapple, mango, melon, berries, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, light pepper/pine, cracker, rye bread, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/fruity hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge passion fruit, papaya, guava, peach, pineapple, mango, melon, berries, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, pepper, pine, cracker, rye bread, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/grassy bitterness and rye spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of passion fruit, papaya, guava, peach, pineapple, mango, melon, berries, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, orange rind, pepper, pine, cracker, rye bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/fruity hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no lingering hop/rye astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, quickly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7.5%. Overall this is an incredible IPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/fruity hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink; despite the increasingly drying/resinous finish. Very dank, piney, and fairly juicy on hops; with just enough malts for bitterness balance. The rye works really well with the herbal/peppery background qualities of the hops, but never feels too spicy. A highly enjoyable offering. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2017
12oz bottle. Medium off-white head atop clear amber body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, light orange/tangerine. Taste is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, some tangerine. Medium body, some resin, light acidity. thegreenrooster (4364) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Pour is a cloudy yellow with a large white head. Aroma is a real nice melon and mango with even some pineapple coming off the beer. Flavor is equally nice tropical fruit with more mango and pineapple. Super fruity with a low bitterness. I really don’t get any of the wheat or rye malt this is all about the hops used. If your going to name your beer hop shovel you better make it pretty damn hoppy and they did here. Leafs93 (2289) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Pours gold with a medium white head. Aroma is pine, resin, citrus and mango. Taste is bitter with light sweetness. Medium bodied, good carbonation, crisp finish. islay (2634) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2017
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 3-14-17. “Best by 05/30/2017.” Pours a bright bronze with a large amount of beige head. Good lacing, which only strengthens the appearance. Strong aroma but too much on the fruit side for my preferences: Peach and pineapple scents. Also pine and pine resin in the nose. Good, piney flavor. Again, sweeter and fruiter than ideal: Cotton candy and peach flavor elements. Freshly cut lemon and grapefruit. Lemon Drop candy. Dry and bitter, almost chemical finish (in a good way). Long, bitter aftertaste. Medium body. Soft in the palate. Reasonably lively. Forgettable palate effects, unfortunately, aside from the powerfully and enjoyably bitter aftertaste. Dialing down the sweet fruitiness and dialing up the dry bitterness possibly could have elevated this beer to greatness. That’s good advice for a lot of IPAs on the market in 2017, in fact.
dwyerpg (6054) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 12, 2017
This is easily my favorite use of mosaic hops in a beer, as mosaic is my least favorite hop so far. Nice flavor that is light enough but still good and bitter. bpreo (2832) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Good smelling IPA. The taste is fairly typical. Could use more alcohol, IMO ( obviously). bookman10 (1112) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2017
Pours a clear, copper-gold, with minimal head. Aroma is a bit soapy, with some hops and citrus. Flavor is very bitter, with the pine/spruce elements of the hops predominating. Could use a bit more balance perhaps. Bitter finish and aftertaste. deyholla (11479) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Sampled from the tap at ABR 2016. Porus a hazy yellow orange with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has earthy citrus, light pine and touches of onion and grain. Flavor has notes of citrus, light pine, grass and a grain backbone. JaBier (7806) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Sample at Studio 35 as part of the Princess Bride movie and beer tasting on 2/19/17. Clear amber pour with a thick white head. Aroma of malt, rye and citrus hop. Malt and grapefruit flavor with candied orange character before a piney hop finish.