StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Semi-translucent with a white spider web stretching on top, leaving white doily lace. Truly an ambitiously green aroma: citric green centennials assault the nose with honey suckled marigolds, lemon grass, brazed pine resin and pink grapefruit plucked way too prematurely (in a good sense here, though the produce guy would likely disagree.) Lovely, balanced flavor is affirmed at first sip. Fruity apricot chews and nectarines imbed a sugary sweetness as dried fruits should (again, sorry produce guy.) Greasy, oily hop juice is in full existence in every imaginable way. Sugar-coated grapefruit gets some rock candi sweetening but the mean-green-cream machine can’t be altered from its course. Dry tongue scraping comes about after a good candle wax coating is lifted. Freshly cut spring morning grass gets kicked into shinguards, where it eventually fornicates with apricot cleats and honeyed daffodil stems. Oily palate procession walks out with sweet apricots, nectarines and ripening grapefruit. brewblackhole (1587) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2007 Thanks Kingpin fot the first taste of Hopslam. Another big wonderful hop bomb from the Midwest, a huge grapefruit and pine explosion on your nose,even bigger on your palate,as big a pure citrus taste as I’ve ever had in an IPA, just not enough malt backing to be a true DIPA, but as a card carrying hophead,I could care less. Would never guess its 9.5 ABV, Its been such a great year for hop brews in this part of the country, and this is a fitting way to end 2006,the year of the Midwest Hopbombs goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Poured a hazy golden color with a medium sized white head. Nice huge hop foward aroma of citrus, pine and some oranges. Malt finds it way through. Great mix of citrus and piney hops with sweet malt. Malt backs it up enough to let the hops be strong but not unbalanced. Moderately bitter semi-dry finish. The alcohol hides well with just some warmth within. Very drinkable and dangerous. antzman (325) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2006 Bottle . Pours a bronze gold with a thick white head. Excellent carbonation and lacing. The aroma is very citrusy with a little pine. The taste is extremely clean. The citrusy hops dominate, but a nice malt balance evens it out. The finish is clean, without blasting your palate. Excellent IPA. blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Beautiful golden amber color that retained the head for a long time. The first taste is total accentuated with the flavor of grapefruit. This is definitely one fine ale
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2006
excellent...light golden orange body with heavy head...aroma of sugar-infused ruby red grapefruit and light malt...flavor is very much the same, and is one of the most clean and refreshing IIPAs out there..however, the piney, grassy and grapefruit hops dominate the malt profile..nice palate JPDIPSO (6320) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Bottle. Lightly hazed golden color with a tall heavy cream colored head. Rings of lace as it is imbibed. Ruby red grapefruit with some mild herbs and flowers coupled with light fruit and light malt. You like hops, you should not find may faults with this scent. Light fleshy aroma that throws things off for me. Quite a bit of fruit and flowers in this one. The last of pack here and I am starting to catch a lot of fruit an flower. Perhaps a touch too much, but still I am attracted. Lots of fruit with berries, pears, apples and other light fruit. Still a big hops presence. For me the flavors hops combine with the sweetness and create a brew that is slightly too sweet. This is a sweet brew that like Yukon Jack is way too good to think that it could be dangerous. I enjoy this a lot, and a touch more bittering balance would be welcome, but still more than enjoyable. punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2008 Slightly hazy orange-gold pour with a small white head. Aroma is lots of citrusy hops and honey sweet malt with a little bit of noble hop spicinesses and a hint of orange zest. Tastes like a glass full of wet, juicy, piny hops with a little noble hop spice and a very slight malt background. Body is a bit on the thin side with a tingly carbonation.
Note: Batch 8283 seems to have a sharper pine note to the hop profile. MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2006
hazy straw colored pour thick off white head nice lacing. Great aroma light malts (carmel) lots of sweet hops strawberries & tropical fruits, very nice stuff. Palate is well coated lightly creamy. Flavor is some hop w/ a touch of spice lots of fruit strawberries mostly some grass & a dry finish. Very good stuff. RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2006
12oz bottle. Batch 7690. Aroma: Intense grapefruit and tangerine, with some pineapple and mango thrown in for good measure. Fresh pine and resin. Subtle spiciness and a perfumey floralness. Malt comes through despite all those hops with a nice caramel note. Appearance: Dark golden in color and slightly hazed. Off-white head was full and creamy looking with great retention. Great lacing. Flavor: Sweet maltiness up front with some toasted nuts and caramel flavor. Hops come in strong with a juicy grapefruit and tangerine. Resin and pine, leaning heavily towards the resin. Some floral, spice, and grassy notes into the finish. Bitterness kicks in with a nice bite, but isn’t over the top at all. A little lingering sweetness left after the bitterness fades. Alcohol is very well hidden and was only noticed a few times in the finish. Palate: Medium bodied. I was expecting a touch more body. Medium-high carbonation. Alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: A very tasty IIPA. Aroma is fantastic, and flavor delivers on most of what is promised by it. A little light in the mouthfeel would be only complaint. Great brew!